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Plains Producer, Wednesday March 20, 2013
Gilmac out of China - for now
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WITH sowing season just around the
corner, farmers are beginning to sort out
their fertiliser orders.
AgFert Fertilisers Balaklava sales
manager, Derryn Stringer, said the
site is extremely busy, with fertiliser
coming into the large storage shed, then
outloading steadily as farmers prepared
Of the available products on the
market, Mr Stringer said Dap Zincote
1 per cent has become very popular
in its frst year of release. Mr Stringer
said between fve to 10 trucks per day
are being loaded full of fertiliser at the
moment, with that fgure set to build up
to about 30 to 40 trucks per day in the
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By selling their hay at a reduced rate, it is
hoped this will maintain a market in China
for when it becomes more sustainable and
commercially viable in the future.
"It has created somewhat of a 'false dawn'
of that market, which was not the strategy we
chose to follow,” Mr Patchett said.
Of the emerging export hay markets out
there, Mr Patchett believed there was no
denying the future potential of China.
"We will be there when it makes sense
to do so," he said.
"It could be between one to two years,
or even sooner, if we see a decrease in the
The Chinese government is looking to
enforce a milk drinking initiative for the
country's school-aged children, involving
a daily 200ml serve.
That would require a lot of milk, from a
lot of cows, which will need a lot of feed.
Mr Patchett said the average Westerner
tended to consume about 20 kilograms of
cheese per year, compared to about 90 grams
for the Chinese.
"Just imagine the output if they get any-
where near that," he said.
In saying that, Mr Patchett admitted Gil-
mac had no current presence in the country
and was yet to send a container of product
"We'll certainly be keeping a close eye
on what's going on," he said.
The Middle East was also mentioned as a
potential emerging market, with most export
product heading to horse racing stables as
well as cow and camel farms.
However, Mr Patchett suggested with the
Middle East having favourable conditions
for producing hay locally, the export market
could quickly disappear.
Despite a low-quality hay season across
the nation, SAbeing the exception, the export
market was in good shape.
"It was pleasing to see the market wants
more than what we have to sell, even though
the product wasn't at the top grade," Mr
Current markets in South Korea, Japan
and Taiwan were steady, with high demand
for the Gilmac product.
"Our current market share is stable and
we expect it to remain stable again this
season,” Mr Patchett said.
Some concerns were raised regarding
the potential monetary policy changes in
Japan, which would force up export prices,
although the company aimed to continue
aggressively expanding in South Korea.
Taiwan's milk production demands were
also growing, despite the hay export market
shrinking by 10,000 tonnes this season.
Mr Patchett said the country consumed
300,000 litres of iced coffee per day, ac-
counting for about 10 per cent of the nation’s
It was a massive fgure that drew chuckles
of amazement from the crowd.
Mr Patchett said on the back of the lean
quality season, there was strong confdence
in the export hay market for years to come.
"We aim to give our growers the best
return, to give our buyers the best quality
product, to keep our own people in jobs
with a view for further expansion in the
future," he said.
The Roney recipe
in 10 weeks
Plains Producer manager,
Andrew Manuel, is on a
weight loss campaign -- from
fab to fab. His goal is to lose
10 kilograms in 10 weeks.
Email him andrew@plains
"DO I have to do another column this
week,” I asked the offce in general. “I’ve lost
the 10 kilograms, what am I going to write
Then Les pipes up: "You're not 'Fab' yet --
you better keep going! I have to write columns
every week Andrew -- toughen up princess,"
“People will miss it if you don’t write
anything Andrew," my mother Margaret added
(aw shucks, thanks mum).
"Just make it short and to the point," Terry
said. "But I've nothing to say. Dieting can
become so boring. I'm sick of getting out of
bed in the morning and running around for no
reason," I said.
"Well write that then," Terry mumbled.
So this week, I could write about me
(again), or I could write about a Mallala
weight-loss warrior: Bill Roney.
Bill is one of Mallala's favourite sons. He's
an all-round nice guy and sent us the tennis
scores each week for the Lower North Juniors.
He happened to mention to me last week
in an email (as I haven't bumped into Bill for
a while now) that he had lost a considerable
amount of weight -- 19 kilograms to be exact!
Wow-ee. That is brilliant work and it didn't
come easily. He wrote to me explaining he
hadn't done anything too radical to lose the
weight, but when he listed the changes he had
made to his diet, it did appear as a fair about-
face. It's amazing what can be achieved when
willpower kicks in.
Bill's change in diet consisted of swapping
a few sangas at lunchtime, which might have
meat and cheese, for a plate of salad with "just
a dribble of some white wine vinegar, olive oil
and balsamic vinegar all over it to give a bit of
bite and take away the blandness". *He prefers
mayo but is a tough guy now*
He has made other changes to his diet and
is a fairly active kind of guy anyway and is
now enjoying the spoils of his hard work.
Well done Bill. You have inspired me to
keep on keeping on.
One important tip passed on to me is the
80/20 rule. Eat the right things 80 per cent
of the time...and I think you know what to
do with the other 20 per cent. So there are 21
meals a week, do the right thing with 17, and
let yourself loose on the last four.
A MAN allegedly
armed with a handgun
threatened a staff mem-
ber at the BP service
station on Artesian road,
Two Wells, before steal-
ing cash at about 6.25am
He fed in a waiting
car.The offender is de-
scribed as Caucasian,
180cm tall, thin to me-
dium build with black
hair, long at the back and
possibly a ponytail.
He was wearing grey
baseball cap with a white
insignia on the front,
black mask over his nose,
white long sleeve shirt,
Everlast tank top, blue
jeans and white sneakers.
He wore a ring on the
The car is described as
an early 90’s make white
four-door Barina with a
grey rear bumper bar and
fve spoke mag wheels.
There is no descrip-
tion of the driver.
Police urge anyone
who may know the of-
fender from the descrip-
tion or the owner of the
car to call Crime Stop-
pers on 1800 333 000 or
report online at www.
• A VEHICLE was
stolen when parked on
the Gawler to Two Wells
Road, Two Wells, on
• FOUR vehicles were
interfered with along
Road Train drive, Two
Wells, on March 16.
The offenders de-
camped when a car alarm
• BETWEEN March
12 and 13, unknown
person/s climbed a fence
to get into a yard and stole
registration plates from
a truck on Compound
Wells road, Two Wells.
• A 45-year-old wom-
an from Port Wakefeld
was arrested for aggra-
vated assault and breach-
ing an intervention order,
which occurred on March
• A 35-year-old man
from Munno Para was
arrested for aggravated
serious criminal trespass
and aggravated assault on
It is alleged he entered
a residential premises
while another person
was present and assaulted
He will appear in
the Kadina Magistrates
Court at a later date.
Roseworthy woman was
arrested on a warrant by
n Mark Williss, of Spalding,
(left) chats with Agfert’s Eddie
McArdle while Urea is being
loaded at the Balaklava depot.
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