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Netball news – July 5, 2016

Netball news – July 5, 2016

Blayney Netball Association had four sides away on the weekend at the Netball NSW State Age Championships.
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More than 3,300 athletes from 309 teams representing 87 Associations took to the courts over the three days of competition.

Along with the players there were over 400 coaches and 500 umpires, making the State Age Championships one of the largest female sports tournaments in the Southern Hemisphere.

All four Blayney sides were playing in Division 4 with our mighty U14’s claiming the Runners-up title for their division.

This side only lost 3 games over the course of the weekend and missed taking out the Championship by one point from Casino, whilst they held off Scone to claim second place after a goal count back.

An amazing effort, congratulations girls we are all extremely proud of you.

Blayney's young players displayed excellent skills, determination, discipline and sheer grit.

They are all to be congratulated on their efforts.

Our 12's experienced their first taste of State Age and to their credit they never gave up; they finished a credible 18th.

The 13’s played with resilience and determination also claiming 18th position, while our 15’s finished just outside the top 10 with an 11th placing, a great effort considering they played the whole weekend with only eight players.

Congratulations to all our coaching staff, Charmayne Payne, Shelley Kearney, Jacque Cockburn, Tanya Wielaard, Kristine Hobby, Zilla Kinghorne, Louise Hamer and Amanda Townsend.

You prepared our players to be able to meet every challenge on the weekend; the hugest of thanks.

We also could not have done it without the fabulous support from our house mums and the amazing parents who prepared the lunches each day.

To our primary carers, and the mums and dads, thank you for your support and added assistance that made our time away such a success.

Enjoy your school holidays girls, you all deserve it !

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Crossing into trouble, woman’s safety call

Crossing into trouble, woman’s safety call

A BALLARAT woman who is a quadriplegic is calling for greater signage atBallarat Train Station after she claims she was nearly stuck between the two gates while trying to cross the tracks recently.
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CROSSING INTO TROUBLE: A Ballarat woman is calling for better signage at the Ballarat Train Station.

Karen, who did not want her last name printed, uses an electric wheelchair and says her “terrifying” ordeal occurred when she was forced to the cross to the other side of the station.

Karen, her carer and son were directed to another crossing towards Lydiard Street.

“As we were halfway across the tracks the crossing bells went off and the walk way gates started closing,” Karensaid.

“Let me emphasise that there was no bells or indication this was going to occur or we would have never started crossing in the first place.”

Karen attempted to move quickly across the track however feared she would get stuck.

“I cannot go faster across the tracks as my wheelchair wheels would get caught in the tracks or I would flip myself out of my wheelchairwhich would create a even greater disaster,” Karen said.

“So my son and carer went to dash towards the pedestrian gates which now has half closed.

“The gate crashed into my son and my carer desperately tried to slow the gate down so I would not be trapped on the tracks with a moving train coming for me.”

V/Line spokeswomanCatalina Filip said safety of commuters was V/Lines number one priority. She said there was no set amounttime the bells soundedfor before the train approached or gate closed. She said it varied each time.

“V/Line train control is responsible for the operation of the heritage rail gates at Lydiard Street, Ballarat Station,” Ms Filip said.

“Once an approaching train triggers a particular track circuit, the duty controllers activate the level crossing warning systems to allow for the safe passage of the train.”

The signallers have a CCTV view of the level crossing to ensure that the train has safely passed through before they reopen the gates.

“As safety is V/Line’s number one priority, we will always activate the level crossing with sufficient notice before the train approaches,” Ms Filip said.

We will never reopen the gates until the train has cleared the section and it is safe to do so,” Ms Filip said.

V/Line will investigate Karen’s query to see whether there was a fault.

Karen said she was pleased to be informed there were panic buttons and CCTV but believed there should be better signage and longer crossing periods to ensure people of all abilities could cross safely.

“My concern is quickly the gates were closing. I reckon we had less than five seconds,” Karen said.

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Exhibition explores the design mind

Exhibition explores the design mind

INSPIRED: Karina Clarke CEO of Design Tasmania with work from Marc Harrison at the Launceston Design Centre. Picture: Paul ScamblerA new exhibition at the Design Centre offers an insight into the minds of twelve acclaimed Australian designers, giving audiences the chance to peer into their design process.
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The exhibition,Resolved –Journeys in Australian Design, is on the final leg of anAustralian tour. Itexhibits works created in a program run in collaboration by Object:Australian Design Centre and Workshopped.

Common to each designer is a process of problem solving and continual refinement over many iterations saidCEO of Design Tasmania, Karina Clarke.

"What we're trying to do is to help the viewer understand what the designer went through in terms of decision making, material choices and the development of the form to create their finished works," said Ms Clarke.

Like a 3D pop-up book, the exhibition offers a chance to view the finished work before exploring the mind and process that created it.

It highlights key steps on the design process, from conceptual sketches to prototypes in various stages of assembly, giving a deeper understanding of the story that made the works.

“Ithink everybody loves to know how something was made. It can be quite intriguing in terms of where some of those ideas came from,” said Ms Clarke.

The pieces featured in the exhibition canvas a range of ideas, from sustainable solutions and innovative technology to cultural expressions of contemporary societyand experimenting with the use of materials.Within these thematic explorationseach design aims to enhance the experience of the user in some way.

Crucial to the process of all the featured designers arethe communities involved in bringing the design to life, highlighting the breadth of involvement and work in creating a design piece.

Ms Clarke said the exhibition might show a single step in the design processwhich may representreams of paper sketches and notes or multiple tests of models.

“I think overall it does give people an opportunity to see some of the insights behind the product that’s here,” said Ms Clarke.

The Design Centre will also be running educational workshops for the exhibition, to further explore the designer's creative process. These workshops are planned for August, with dates to be announced soon.

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Flood response gets Dubbo helping hand

Flood response gets Dubbo helping hand

NATIONAL HELP: Rural Financial Counselling Service coordinator Robert McGorman, from Dubbo, has been working with Rural Business Tasmania to assist with their flood response. Picture: Caitlin Jarvis.Dubbo-based disaster response financial counsellor Robert McGorman recently spent two weeks assisting with the unprecedented spike in demand at its Tasmanian counterparts Rural Business Tasmania (RBT).
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Bushfires, drought, a fodder shortage, floods and the crash in farmgate milk prices has caused an increase in demand for the rural financial counselling service at RBT but the most recent floods has had the most impact.

Mr McGorman said he had been tasked to assist with the demands for the service in Tasmania because of his history in dealing with past natural disasters.

“The number of calls had definitely increased, after the floods,” he said.

“What they really needed down here was that coordinator role, and to assist with training in how to respond to these situations and I was found as the best fit for that.”

“I have had similar experience dealing with the floods of 2011-12 and also more recently with drought.”

Mr McGorman said he was able to assist with “triaging” the cases and requests for assistance as they came through and assisted the rural financial counsellors in Tasmania how best to respond to people dealing with the respective crises.

He was responsible for developing a summary that draws together all the available financial assistance currently available for people and printing it into an easy to read format.

”When you’re dealing with people like this they are always emotional, and they are in a state of shock, the best way to help them is to present information that is easy to follow,” he said.

The response to natural disasters is similar to the mainland but Mr McGorman said Tasmania had one advantage after the event –rural areas are a lot closer together.

Mainland farmers are a lot more spread out and are thousands of kilometres away from each other, which makes coordination of disaster response a bit more difficult.

Mr McGorman said he didn’t believe the state had seen the peak of demand yet as a result of the floods but said he hoped he’d given the state counsellors some tips to help with the demand.

“I don’t think we’ll see the peak of it until late July or August or even as late as September,” he said.

However he said there was always one thing that stuck out in his mind being involved in with natural disaster response.

“People always create community; it’s a locality thing, it doesn’t even need to be a town, just give people somewhere central and they always come together,” he said.

Mr McGorman spent two weeks at Rural Business Tasmania in June.

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NAIDOC Week celebrations underwayPhotos, Video

NAIDOC Week celebrations underwayPhotos, Video

NAIDOC Week celebrations underway | Photos, Video NAIDOC WEEK: Teagan Muir, Charlotte Barrett and Bianca Lauricella making decorations. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER
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NAIDOC WEEK: Farron Branson leads Robyn Smith and Jeremy Newell through a smoking ceremony. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Mackenzie Barrett, Claudie Douglas, Max Coleman, Lachie Marks, Ben Muir Jnr, Ben Muir Snr, Jordan Lyall and Jandamarra Lauricella at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Ben Muir Jnr dancing at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Max Coleman dancing at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Lachie Marks with Tchingal at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Farron Branson leads John Ackland through a smoking ceremony for Naidoc Week. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Farron Branson leads Adele Rohrsheim through a smoking ceremony for Naidoc Week. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Farron Branson leads Adele Rohrsheim,Yvonne Taylor and Bella Kennedy through a smoking ceremony for Naidoc Week.Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Colin Taylor, Alva Taylor and their grandmother Janet Taylor at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

NAIDOC WEEK: Lachie Marks with Tchingal at Naidoc Week launch at Wesley PAC. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

TweetFacebookShe said the ceremony, and the week’s events, were about honouring indigenous cultures.

“It’s about celebrating Aboriginal and Torres StraitIslander contributions, achievement and culture,” she said.

“Particularly with the Songlines theme. It’s about showcasing talents and for the young dance groups it’s a way to share their culture.”

NAIDOC celebrations continuethroughout this week until July 9.

Horsham Town Hall is hosting a movie nighton Thursday and youth activities will run on Friday through the Nexus Youth Centre.

The celebrations will close with acabaret at Dimboola Memorial Secondary College on Saturday.

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Gloucester plays in Chris Hoare Cup

Gloucester plays in Chris Hoare Cup

Bulahdelah Central School hosted the annual Chris Hoare Cup at the Bulahdelah soccer fields against Gloucester High School this year.
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The five sports involved in the competition were open boys’ and under 14 rugby league, under 15 boys’ and girls’ soccer and open girls’ touch football.

The first game saw Bulahdelah win the under 14s rugby league with a convincing 34-10 victory. All the boys played well, with special mention of Cooper O’Bryan, Ben Ayliffe and Kobi Watt for their great attacking and defensive skills.

The under 15 girls’ soccer team played a very good Gloucester team and went down 5-0, but this result did not reflect the intensity and competiveness of the game.

The open girls’ touch team had a wonderful 3-2 victory with Claudia Holt, Bianca Mason and Kiara Fardell starring for the home team.

The under 15 boys soccer team were the next to display their skills and after a hard fought game came away with a meritorious 2-1 win, with Blake Richardson “heading” home a late winner.

The main game, the open rugby league was a cracker between two very committed teams.

Bulahdelah took an early lead after Jake Curnow barged over. Not long after, Jake scored his second and it looked like an easy victory was on the cards.

Gloucester responded well and after a see-sawing second half the scores at full time, were locked at 18 all.

For the first time in the history of the cup, golden point rules were applied and it didn’t take long to get a result. Kyan Briffa dug deep and used his strength to scramble over and seal a 22-18 victory for the home team.

Apart from Kyan and Jake, other players who excelled included Dylan Tooze, Kyle Shultz and Jayden Lilley. Amidst wild celebrations the cup was presented by Jenny and Steve Hoare to Jordan Gregory, the victorious captain.

Cop win: Jenny Hoare and captain of the victorious league team, Jordan Gregory.

A great day was had by all involved and a special thank you to Mr Belic for his organisation and Mr McCann, Ms Sawtell and Mr Prowse for their coaching of these teams.

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Rehab centre knocked back

Rehab centre knocked back

PLANS for a drug and alcohol therapeuticcentre in Smeaton have been thrown into jeopardy after the proposal wasknocked back by council.
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Hepburn Shire Council issued a refusal to grant a permit noticebecause it said the founders did not provide enough information for a land capability assessment.The planned 10-bed facility has stirred up controversy in sleepy Smeaton since it was first suggested late last year.

Co-founder Stuart Fenton sufferedbacklash from angry community members when he tried to quell their fears at community meetings. At the end of January at least 10 formal complaints had been submitted over the plans.

The proposal had been pegged to go before council in February but the date continued to be push back.

Acting chief executive officer Grant Schuster said the council refused the permit under Section 61(2) of the Planning and Environment act 1987 that says an authority must refuse to grant a permit if a relevant determining referral authority objects to the grant of a permit.

Smeaton community meeting last year.

“A relevant referral authority (Goulburn Murray Water) objected to the grant of the permit following receipt of further information and therefore Council was bound to refuse to grant a permit,” Mr Schuster said.

He said council provided the applicant the opportunity to provide further information.

“Further information was provided by the applicant in May 2016 and assessed by Council and GMW. GMW objected to the permit following receipt of the further information.”

He said the applicant could appeal the decision through VCAT.

Smeaton resident and spokesman for a group opposing the development David Sewellsaid the community was pleased by the refusal. He said Smeaton was not a suitable location for a drug and rehabilitation centre.

Mr Sewellsaid the land’srural zoning as well as a lack of 24-hour emergency services in the regionmade the site inappropriate for the rehabilitation centre.Mr Fenton, who was initially shocked by the Smeaton community’s opposition, said he remained determined to build a therapeutic centre at some point in the area to fill the desperate need for rehabilitation services.GMW spokeswomanKristin Favaloro saidthe information provided within the Land Capability Assessment (LCA) was notsufficient to assess the proposal.

“Should the LCA be amended to include the information requested GMW will reassess theapplication.”

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Professionals going above and beyond for excellent service

Professionals going above and beyond for excellent service

Professionals going above and beyond for excellent service RISING STAR: Junior Employee of the Year award recipient Hayley McCarthy was recognised at the business awards. She is pictured with Tahlia Sobko.
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A LONG LEGACY: Greg and Margaret McDonald, Port Augusta Business Hall of Fame inductees, are pictured with Port Augusta City Council's Sam Johnson.

SECURING A QUALIFICATION: Steven Petrie was named apprentice of the year. He is pictured with Vania Chrisopoulos.

DEVELOPING SKILLS: Petrea Anesbury received the trainee of the year award. She is pictured with Nistico Sen.

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Oz MineralsAugusta Caravan & CampersCrossroads EcomotelGliddon’s ElectricalRowe PartnersBeyond BandTelstra Store Port Augusta Junior Employee of the Year 2015Hayley McCarthy –Wendy’sHayley joined Wendy’s as a team member and her leadership in customer service saw her promoted to team leader within eightmonths. Hayley’s initiative and financial acumen is demonstrated in her efforts to reduce operating costs. Hayley is a valuable spokesperson for the business.

Port Augusta Business Centre Senior Employee of the Year 2015Rosa Manno –Johnston WithersBorn and bred in Port Augusta, Rosa recently celebrated 35 years as a conveyancer. Her contribution to Johnston Withers covers many tasks, and she willingly shares her vast knowledge and experience with colleagues. Rosa is respected by colleagues and clients alike for her perseverance, diligence, warm nature and outstanding customer service.

Cinema Augusta Best Small Business 2015Supreme Clean Carpets and RestorationSupreme Clean Carpets and Restoration was established with a focus on quality through training. The businesshas developed a niche as the only one of its kind outside of Adelaide offering full insurance approved restoration services. This approach, combined with significant investment and innovative marketing activity, has seen the business grow significantly.

Rowe Partners Best Medium BusinessSaltbush Livestock –Bultarra Australian Saltbush LambThe business was established10 years ago andprocessed100 lambs a week. With investment and marketing, the business now processes500 lambs domestically. Moving into the growing organic market, Saltbush Livestock exports to 14 countries and processes an additional 700 lambs per week for the global market. Last year, Saltbush Livestock was recognised as one of the state’sTop 25 fastest growing companies.

Better Homes Supplies Best Large BusinessRowe PartnersWith a strong focus on outstanding account, business support and financial advisory services, Rowe Partners operates at five locations from its head office in Port Augusta. A whole of life approach to client relationships, combined with a culture of high performance and continual improvement has seen the business grow within a challenging economic environment.

Oz Minerals Best Home–Based BusinessMagic Memories by ErikaMagic Memories is a photographic studio that values strong client relationships. Operating from home, the business has established with a high degree of flexibility and responsiveness to client requests. Erika credits a range of innovative marketing programs and themed photo shoots for having increased both her business profile and profitability. Recent Snow Queen Mini Sessions teamed a professional Elsa (Frozen) cosplayer with young clients to provide a fun and unique experience in children’s photography.

RDA Far North Best Tourism OperatorCrossroads EcomotelConstructed of rammed earth and insulated panels, this 22 room eco-motel opened in 2014, with a mantra of “a quality product at an affordable price”. Outstanding customer service has brought repeat visitation and a top ranking on TripAdvisor. With a deliberate social and environmental ethos underpinning the operations, Crossroads Ecomotel has demonstrated that it is possible for a business to be both environmentally responsible and profitable.

Southern Cross Austereo Most Innovative BusinessSaltbush Livestock –Bultarra Australian Saltbush LambEstablished in 2006, Saltbush Livestock has developed into a fully integrated lamb meat sheep business, delivering quality lamb to leading restaurants and retail butchers across Australia and internationally. Careful land and animal management practices have been acknowledged and endorsed by Australia Certified Organic, establishing Saltbush Livestock as the only certified organic grower/producer and exporter of Saltbush Lamb in South Australia.

Most Popular BusinessMagic Memories by ErikaA passion for photography and a genuine desire to make people happy is at the heart of Magic Memories by Erika.Thanking clients for their support via loyalty cards, thank you notes and free photoshoots has been repaid in spades with Magic Memories receiving the highest number of public votes.

MagicFM/5AU Best New BusinessAugusta Caravans &CampersResponding to the downturn in the mining industry, Augusta Caravan & Campers evolved as a diversification of the family transport business. Exposure to the vast number of travellers passing through Port Augusta plus some local market research was enough to convince them to try something different. Augusta Caravan & Campers use the increasing knowledge of their customers to value add and increase profitability.

Beyond Bank Most Outstanding Business AwardSaltbush Livestock –Bultarra Australian Saltbush LambSaltbush Livestock has achieved outstanding results by tapping in to the growing preference for organic products. The significant time and financial investment and personal approach to promoting their product, has seen a 400 per centgrowth in demand. It has also been rewarded with gold medals in the Sydney Royal and Royal Melbourne Fine Food Shows and national finalist in the 2015 Delicious Awards.

Apprentice of the YearSteven Petrie –Gliddon’s Electrical ServicesTrainee of the YearPetrea Anesbury –Department of Treasury and FinanceEmployer of the YearAshley and Belynda Stroyan–Terry Gardiner’s Meats & SmallgoodsHall of Fame inducteesGreg andMargaret McDonald, andPeter MartinFor more information about the awards, visitthe website.

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Buying a ticket is now trickier

Buying a ticket is now trickier

The new single-trip Opal card can only be bought on eight South Coast stations.There is the chance some commuters could end upon a South Coaststation platform with no way to buy a ticket next month.
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On Monday Transport Minister Andrew Constance announced that, from August 1, paper tickets would no longer be sold oraccepted on public transport.

Only 5 per cent of all public transport trips are taken with paper tickets –the vast bulk using the Opal card.

For that 5 per cent, single-trip tickets will be introduced which will work just like an Opal card.

They can be bought from a ticket machine at train stations.

However, on the day of Mr Constance’s announcement, 26 of the 34 stations on the South Coast line had no ticket machines.

But a Transport for NSW (TfNSW) spokesmansaid it wasn’t necessary to have machines on every station.

From Helensburgh all the way to Bomaderry just eight stations had a single-trip ticket machine installed.

These include hub stations Helensburgh, Thirroul and North Wollongong.

Wollongong, one of the line’s most-used stations, does not have a machine according to the Opal website.

This raises the very real possibility thatpeople without an Opal card could be stuck on a platform unable to buy a ticket.

The TfNSW spokesman called the single-trip tickets a “last resort”.

“With public transport Opal card patronage now at 95 per cent, where more than 80 per centof customers top up via auto top-up or retail stores, top-up and single-trip ticket machines are only needed as a last resort for customers,” hesaid.

“This means they do not need to be at every station on the network.”

He said TfNSW has rolled out more than 350 Opal top-up machines of which 255 provide Opal single-trip tickets at stations “that provide coverage for 99 per centof all train trips”.

He said commuters could visit opal南京夜网419论坛 to find the location of the single-ticket machines.

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Invited to judge: met a Princess

Invited to judge: met a Princess

Ted Laurie discussing Australian agriculture with HRH Princess Anne during the Royal Three Counties Show in England.
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Local cattle farmer, Ted Laurie wasinvited by the UKDevon Cattle Breeders Societytojudge at the Devon World Cattle Congress held at the Royal Three Counties Show in Malvern, England from June 17 –19.

Winners Circle: Ted Laurie judging at the World Devon Congress in the UK with Richard Dorrel, bull owner and John Barker, bull parader.

The Congress is a two week conference to assistinternational Devon cattle breeding,held every four years rotatingbetween Brazil, Australia and the UK. Their breed judging took place during one ofEngland's largest livestock and equine shows.Devon’s werethe largest breed exhibited at the show with over 100 head paraded.

Ted started judging livestock at local shows in his early twenties. From there, he began to judge at Australian Royal Shows.In 1991, hejudged Devon’s at the former The Royal Show,hosted annuallybytheRoyal Agricultural Society of England from1839 to 2009.

“The Laurie family has a long association with the breed,” says Ted,having bred Devon’s forgenerations.

It’s this good reputation which lead to him being asked to judge atone of the major regionalshows in England.

The Laurie farm nowbreeds Angus cattle, so while Tedand his wife, Alison were overseas, they took the opportunity to visit other farms in Scotland and England. He says he likes to learn about other farming practices.It giveshim a chance to askquestions about what other farmersare doing.

“To see if we are on the right track,” Tedsays.

Which is what he spoke to HRHPrincess Anne about when he met her during the show.He says she is a very strongsupporter of the rural industry in the UK. She is very well liked in the rural communities and has an interest in agriculture.

He says his conversation with HRH Princess Annereinforced theclean and green image of Australian farming is the right path. In the UK the practices are different and doesn’t produce as high quality eating beef as other countries. He noticed in restaurants the premium cuts came from places like, Brazil and Australia.

“It’s what our consumersare wanting; anenvironmentally sustainable safe product to eat,” he says.

Tedsays society expects farmersto profitable and sustainable.

“We need towork with the environment instead of against it, withcontinual improvement. Beprogressive farmers.”

Ted and his brother James run Knowla Livestock at Moppy, west of Gloucester.

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