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Farmers seek grain donations to feed livestock

Jan. 17, 2013

THERE was no immediate need for more hay to be donated to farmers affected by the bushfires, the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association has said. TFGA chief executive Jan Davis said that collection depots, including those at Sorell and the Elwick Showgrounds, had enough hay for the time being. "However, grain is the next item on the agenda," Ms Davis said.

Managing director David Skipper said that he had spoken to Nick Steel at the TFGA and Andrew Thompson, of the Tasmanian Feedlot, and discussed how grain could be provided to bushfire- affected producers.

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Tasmanian Egg Producer, Pure Foods Eggs, has hatched a scheme to raise money for the Tasmanian devil.

November 27, 2012

It is donating 20c from every specially marked carton of eggs to support the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal. The devil "black packs" contain free-range eggs laid by chickens fed on a wholly vegetarian diet of 100 per cent Tasmanian grain.  

TAP supplies Pure foods their grain requirements.

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Lion announces changes to its Australian brewery operations 

October 17, 2012

Lion today announced its intention to close The Swan Brewery located at Canning Vale in Western Australia (WA).

James Brindley, Managing Director Lion Beer, Spirits & Wine Australia said: “Lion undertakes regular reviews of its operations and unfortunately The Swan Brewery has been operating substantially below full capacity for some time and will require significant ongoing capital investment to maintain its current operations, which is no longer sustainable.“This is not something we have taken lightly and is no reflection on the dedication and capability of our people at The Swan Brewery or the importance of the WA market to our business. We will be consulting with our people to support them through this significant change.

The intended changes to Lion’s operations will result in 80 roles being made redundant, and will also impact contract labour requirements. An additional 55 roles in sales and support functions will not be impacted, and will be relocated to a new office site within WA.Lion intends to transfer its WA keg production and the brewing of Swan and Emu to its West End Brewery in South Australia (SA) and its WA pack production to its James Boag & Son Brewery in Tasmania (TAS).

Swan and Emu will be brewed to the same recipe and Lion’s expert brewers will shortly begin the process of brew emulation testing to ensure absolute flavour consistency.Lion will invest $70 million into West End Brewery to increase cider and international brand capability and to accommodate the brewing of WA keg production. At James Boag & Son Lion will invest $12m to increase the Brewery’s capability to brew national brands and to accommodate WA pack production.

New roles created in both SA and TAS will be made available to people at The Swan Brewery as a first priority. “Lion remains committed to the Swan and Emu brands and to the Western Australian market,” continued James. “Our ongoing sales presence in WA and our recent acquisition of Little World Beverages demonstrate that we continue to see WA as an important part of our future.”   

The closure is expected to be completed by the end of March 2013; however the exact timing and process will be confirmed following further consultation with Lion’s people at The Swan Brewery.


ABC Tasmanina Countrty Hour - 21st August 2012

David Skipper, Managing Direrctor, Tasmanian Agricultural Producers (TAP), discusses the current conditions of the Tasmanian cereal crops and the expected shortage of feed and malt barley.  

click to listen (about 20mins into program):  ABC Tasmanian Country Hour 21.08.12


Enterprise Magazine 2012

Case Study  - Tasmanian Agrilcultural Producers (TAP)

View Article: Enterprise Magazine - Winter 2012.pdf


Devonport Silo on the Market

By Michael Cavanagh, Tuesday, 22 May  2012   

Click to Listen: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rural/tas/countryhour/201205/r945924_10050917.mp3

A prominent port landmark, the Devonport grain silos are up for sale.

Owned by agricultural firm Roberts, the silos are currently leased by Tasmanian Agricultural Producers (TAP) and are used to store Tasmanian grown malt barley.

Tasmanian Agricultural Producers also has grain storage facilities at Powranna in the northern Midlands. The Devonport grain silo was once part of a network of three Tasmanian grain facilities, with another on the Tamar at Launceston, and the Hobart silo which has since been redeveloped into housing.

There is no development application before the Devonport council for a similar plan. General Manager Tasmanian Agricultural Producers David Skipper says TAP opted not to make a bid for the Devonport silo.


Boags barley price continues declining trend

By Anna Vidot - Friday, 13 April  2012 

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Lion Nathan, the owner of northern Tasmanian brewers Boags, has sannounced its malt barley price for 2012 is a $270 per tonne fixed price, delivered to Devonport.

That's $15 per tonne less than growers were paid last year, but the company is still confident of fulfilling its demand for 7,000 to 8,000 tonnes of malting barley this coming season. Tasmanian Agricultural Producers (TAP) general manager David Skipper says the lower price is a reflection of a number of domestic and international pressures that are pushing the malt barley price down.

He says that the strong Australian dollar and a need for companies like Lion Nathan to compete internationally is part of the reason for the softening malt barley price, but oversupply is also an issue.

 "That's particularly a problem in Australia, if we look at the Australian market we're certainly seeing all our malt barley well and truly in abundance, particularly in the last couple of seasons. 

"There's been a lot of supply going into store and I think we're seeing the ramifications of that with the price pressure now."

Southern Tasmanian brewer Cascade won't announce their malt prices til later in the year.



End of era for Tasmanian feed grain manufacturing

Rosemary Grant - Monday 5th December 2011

At the end of this week, a very old and established Tasmanian business name, Monds and Affleck, will cease manufacturing livestock feeds at Carrick. Ruralco is selling the Monds and Affleck brands to Victorian based feed company Ridley, and selling the site and plant to Tasmanian egg producer, Pure Foods.

Some of the 12 or so full time employees have already found work in associated businesses, but not all and the sale, coming as it does this late in the year, leaves a big gap in the market for local grain.

Monds and Affleck manufactured over a hundred thousand tonnes of feed grains for the dairy industry, beef, sheep, pigs and poultry, using a combination of interstate and locally grown grains.

General manager of Tasmanian Agricultural Producers (TAP), David Skipper says the loss of local manufacturing capacity is disappointing for local grain growers.

Tasmania’s GMO-Free Status Reaping Rewards 

Wednesday 26th October 2012

Deputy Premier Bryan Green said today Tasmania’s GMO-free status could reap dividends for farmers following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to supply canola to Japanese consumers. 

Mr Green said Japan’s two largest consumer cooperatives have confirmed they want to source GMO free canola from the State.

“This is an exciting opportunity for farmers and demonstrates the potential for Tasmania to produce premium GMO-free produce,” Mr Green said.

"We have the capacity to supply up to 3000 tonnes of GMO-free canola over the next two years with the potential to double production in the medium to long term. 

“The MOU builds on the work we are doing to facilitate the growth of crops such as poppies and canola could be a valuable rotational crop. 

“We have the available land and the expansion of our irrigation network will give farmers the opportunity to make the most of opportunities to diversify and grow their businesses.

Mr Green met representatives of the Seikatsu and Green Cooperatives last week and they later signed the MOU with Tasmanian Agricultural Producers Pty Ltd (TAP).

“These cooperatives have a combined membership of 750,000 consumers seeking premium GMO-free produce.

“The MOU sets out the cooperatives’ desire to source the majority of its GMO-free canola from Tasmania exclusively through TAP.

Mr Green said Tasmania’s GMO laws ban the use of gene technology in commercial agriculture and prohibit imports of viable GM organisms such as canola.

“The work we have done over recent years has ensured Tasmania is well-placed to take advantage of its reputation as a reliable supplier of the best and safest food to a range of new markets.

“Markets around the world are demanding, and are prepared to pay for, food that is clean, high quality and safe.

Mr Green said providing water surety for farmers through irrigation development would enable farmers to make the most of future opportunities.

A major part of our Economic Development Plan for Tasmania is the continued expansion of agriculture sector through irrigation development.

Mr Green said almost $140 million was allocated in this year’s State Budget to complete schemes currently under construction and start work on new projects.

“The Government is committed to expanding our irrigation infrastructure which will deliver $400 million worth of investment in partnership with the Commonwealth and the private sector.

“We have rolled out our first scheme, a further two are almost finished, a fourth is under construction and 10 others are at various stages of development,” Mr Green said.

TAP introduces rigorous contracts for grain trading

By Rosemary Grant

Oral contracts, Sam Goldwyn said, are 'as good as the paper they're written on', which is probably why more and more big business transactions are now being committed to a formal written contract.

Tasmanian Agricultural Producers general manager, David Skipper is bringing in a new era of written contracts to reduce the risk on 30,000 tonnes of cereals he expects to trade this year.

Click to Listen: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rural/regions/201110/r841304_7853637.mp3 


New test to reject shot barley for Tasmanian maltster

By Rose Grant, Wednesday, 28 September  2011 

Cereal crop sowing is in full swing in northern Tasmania, as paddocks dry out after a pretty wet start to the year.

Excessive rain across eastern Australia spoilt many crops before harvest this year, and buyers are now putting a renewed emphasis on securing quality grain, including Tasmanian Agricultural Producers.

TAP general manager, David Skipper says he's hoping to get about 10,000 tonnes of malting barley for northern Tasmanian brewer, Boags in 2012, but it will have to meet a new standard.

Read More: http://www.abc.net.au/rural/tas/content/2011/09/s3327987.htm

Click to Listen: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rural/tas/countryhour/201109/r833834_7710194.mp3 


Tasmanian grain industry hots up for 2011 harvest

By Rose Grant Friday, 07/01/2011

The grain industry is changing fast in Tasmania.

Tasmanian growers are taking control into their own hands
and they're investing more on and off farm.

Read More: http://www.abc.net.au/rural/content/2011/s3108151.htm 


Roberts Sell Grain silo

24th December 2010                                                                                                                                               

One of Tasmania's biggest grain storage sites has changed hands, right on the brink of harvest.

Roberts Limited has sold its 17 thousand tonne tasmanian grain elevators silo and bunker storage facility at Powranna in the northern midlands to the Tasmanian Agricultural Producers company.

Read More: http://www.efarming.com.au/News/agricultural/24/12/2010/124875/grain-silo-sold-to-roberts-in-tasmania.html


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