IT IS no porky pie that a Hobart butcher has won two coveted food awards for its work with pink meat.
Tasmanian Meat Wholesalers, in Campbell St, has picked up first place for traditional pork sausages and its ham off the bone at the Australian Meat Industry Council Tasmanian industry awards.
Not content with that, the butchery also picked up first place for its bacon and leek sausages in the open gourmet class and top award for best burgers.
“We picked up four firsts in quality company, we are rapt with our efforts and it reflects on the good work of the team,” Tasmanian Meat Wholesalers operations manager Dave Dillon said.
“I love what I do and these awards are good recognition of our efforts to continually improve and come up with new styles of smallgoods, such as the leek and bacon sausage.” RECORD ewe prices, but still buyable. That was the contradictory outcome from last week’s special store sheep sales in the south, which were headlined by $314 for young first-cross ewes at Corowa in NSW — a record for the selling centre. At Wycheproof prices of $234 for 4½-year-old merino ewes in a March skin and $188 for woolly merino wethers were the talking points, with this money arguably the highest ever paid for these categories of store sheep.
It is undeniably big money, with 250 quality replacement crossbred ewes costing upwards of $70,000 in round figures.
Yet it can be argued that, on today’s returns for lamb, mutton and wool, buyers are no worse off than past seasons, and are probably in a better trading position this spring due to the exceptional price run of prime markets in the past eight weeks. REDUCED productivity, bad moods and allergies have all been linked to chemicals that float in the air at room temperature, or volatile organic compounds. In a new study, scientists have discovered that simply adding one medium-sized plant (of up to 50cm) to a medium-sized room (of about 4 x 5m) can increase interior air quality by up to 25 per cent. Commissioned by Hort Innovation and delivered by scientists at RMIT University and the University of Melbourne, the study involved a meta-analysis of more than 100 research papers from around the world.
University of Melbourne researcher Dominique Hes said the work was timely. “Human beings are less and less among nature with current estimates indicating that urban dwellers spend 90 per cent of their time in indoor environments – resulting in a high level of exposure to indoor contaminant compounds,” she said. A NATIONAL campaign spearheaded by a honey producer in Tasmania’s northwest is gaining wings as beekeepers band together to stop New Zealand producers trademarking the word Manuka. Manuka honey, derived from the tea tree (Leptospermum) native to Tasmania, can retail for as much as $120 a jar and is deemed a health product due to its antibacterial properties.
There are five commercial Manuka honey producers in Tasmania.
In response to the trademark application in NZ, the Australian honey industry has collectively formed the Australian Manuka Honey Association to formally oppose any attempts to monopolise international naming or market rights.