Wa­ter qual­ity cash a win­ner for Joe

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LOOKING BACK -

LO­CAL cane­farmer Joe Sci­acca re­ceived a grant to build an In­ter-row Dual Her­bi­cide Spray Ap­pli­ca­tor in the fi­nal round of the Reef Pro­gram Wa­ter Qual­ity Grants ad­min­is­tered by Ter­rain NRM and funded by the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Grow­ers in the Wet Trop­ics re­gion could ap­ply for fund­ing for Wa­ter Qual­ity Grants to help fi­nance ini­tia­tives to im­prove the qual­ity of wa­ter run­ning off their pad­docks to the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Grow­ers were asked to con­trib­ute 50 per cent of the project costs.

Joe ap­plied for the grant through Moss­man Agri­cul­tural Ser­vices and Re­becca Stone who as­sisted Joe with his ap­pli­ca­tion said, “Th­ese grants will al­low Joe and many other grow­ers in the Moss­man re­gion to make sub­stan­tial changes to their farm­ing prac­tices that re­sult in wa­ter qual­ity ben­e­fits while also im­prov­ing their farm pro­duc­tiv­ity.”

Joe said, “I ap­plied for the grant to build the ap­pli­ca­tor as there are no pur­pose built ap­pli­ca­tors on the mar­ket and there is a short­age of same for hire in the dis­trict.

“Hav­ing this spray ap­pli­ca­tor en­ables me to spray at the ap­pro­pri­ate time ac­cord­ing to weather con­di­tions and en­sure I can ap­ply the chem­i­cals more ac­cu­rately thus min­imis­ing wastage, sav­ing dol­lars and con­fin­ing the chem­i­cal to the ap­pro­pri­ate ar­eas”.

Ter­rain’s CEO Ca­role Sweat­man said this fi­nal round of grants had at­tracted a to­tal of 296 ap­pli­ca­tions from the cane, ba­nana, multi-crop and dairy in­dus­tries.

“More than 65 per cent of those ap­pli­ca­tions were suc­cess­ful with grants av­er­ag­ing $16,054, al­though max­i­mum grant size avail­able to an in­di­vid­ual was $30,000,” she said.

Ter­rain’s Reef Pro­gram man­ager Deb Bass said there had been a higher level of in­ter­est in this round as farm­ers were aware that this was their last op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply for grant fund­ing.

“Over the course of the last eight years we have worked with nearly 1000 farm­ers in the re­gion and seen well over $50 mil­lion in­vested into projects aimed at im­prov­ing the health of the Reef.”

Joe Sci­acca said, “It would be ap­pre­ci­ated by farm­ers if th­ese grants were to con­tinue as there are still ar­eas for im­prove­ment such as sed­i­ment ponds, drainage and spe­cialised equip­ment to en­able farm­ers to con­tinue with best farm­ing prac­tices”. HEIFERS and cows have stolen the show with record prices at the Ma­reeba Sa­le­yards.

Dain­tree cat­tle fea­tured in the high prices for the sec­ond week in a row, with three heifers from S. Quaid fetch­ing 271.2¢/kg to set a new record. The heifers av­er­aged 586kg to re­turn about $1589 per head.

P. Hen­dricks sold two cows, av­er­ag­ing 515kg, for a record 284.2¢/kg to re­ceive a re­turn of about $1463 per head. Ma­reeba com­bined agents yarded about 670 head at Tues­day’s prime and store sale, down more than 200 head from the pre­vi­ous week.

De­spite the sale be­ing de­layed an hour due to the Na­tional Live­stock Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem data­base be­ing down, buy­ers com­peted strongly for qual­ity cat­tle.

Ex­port slaugh­ter bul­locks fea­tured in the com­pe­ti­tion, in­creas­ing in value by as much as 14¢/kg on the pre­vi­ous week’s price. Two bul­locks from Curr Pas­toral re­ceived the top price of 291.2¢/kg to re­turn about $1514 per head.

Jan­ice Os­borne from the Dain­tree has been a reg­u­lar at the Ma­reeba Sa­le­yards for the past 40 years.

Mrs Os­borne re­ceived the pre­vi­ous week’s top price of 277.2¢/kg for a pen of seven bul­locks and was happy to re­ceive 286.2¢/kg for a sin­gle bul­lock at yes­ter­day’s sale, for a re­turn of around $1488.

“We thought he would get us a good price be­cause he is in good con­di­tion,” she said.

“I’m very pleased and my son will be pleased, see­ing as he does all the hard work.”

Ma­landa buyer Jake God­frey bought three Here­ford cows for 279.2¢/kg from P. Hen­dricks. The cows av­er­aged 640kg to re­turn about $1786 per head.

“We were just look­ing for a few breeder cows,” he said.

“We don’t come down that of­ten but we know the guys who were sell­ing them.”

Joe Sci­acca and Re­becca Stone of Moss­man Ag Ser­vices with in­ter-row dual ap­pli­ca­tor.

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