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Agriculture stories

The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Agricultural sector:

Mustering tradition

The annual highland’s muster is another chapter in Tasmania’s rich agricultural history. Every year before the winter snows set in, drovers would muster sheep down from the Central Highlands where they grazed over warmer months, back to their home properties. 

18 May 2019, Edition 205

Showcasing Tassie lamb

Our premium lamb is being showcased to the world through a new branding program by Tasmanian Quality Meats (TQM). After starting the Three Rivers brand about two years ago, TQM domestic sales manager, Matt Lang, told Tasmanian Country the time is right to launch an official Tasmanian-branded program.

23 April 2019, Edition 204

Cashing in the chips

On the back of what is thought to be a record potato harvest, frozen food rivals – Simplot Australia and McCain – are both investing big in the Tasmanian industry. The companies are expanding their plants in the state’s northwest.

23 April 2019, Edition 204

Record pumpkin on the weigh

A southern Tasmanian farmer is on a mission to grow Australia's heaviest pumpkin. Shane Newitt from Sorell is confident the giant vegetable he has been growing for the past six months – which already measures 1.8m wide and 1.2m high – will soon tip the scales at 743 kilograms and smash the record. 

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Predatory mites tackle blackberry woes

Tiny redberry mites have been a big problem for Tasmania’s blackberry growers, causing uneven ripening and creating a berry that is half-black and half-red. This greatly reduces a farmer's potential to grow premium fruit.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

TasFoods steams towards profitability

Growing agribusiness TasFoods is continuing its drive towards profitability, buoyed by a growing demand for premium Tasmanian produce. The Launceston based business reported an increase in Sales revenue of 25 per cent to $38.39 million in 2018.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Global farm conference a Tassie coup

World experts descended on Launceston when Tasmania recently hosted the 22nd International Farm Management Congress. The theme of the 2019 conference was “excellence in farm management through innovation, diversification and integration with tourism”.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Tassie shines in Japan

Premier Will Hodgman has returned from his trade mission to Japan calling it “an important opportunity to showcase the best of our state and support Tasmanian businesses in this key export market". 

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Brewing up success

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Avocado, wasabi, and saffron. Tasmania’s innovative producers are finding great success with the most unexpected crops, including tea.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

Grape expectations

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The 2019 vintage is off to a flying start, and it comes with news that Tasmania’s area under vines has grown by 25 per cent over the past two seasons.

19 March 2019, Edition 203

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