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Plains Producer, Wednesday March 20, 2013
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ABOUT 100 farmers from various
districts in the state attended the
Gilmac Growers Day at Balak-
lava last week.
Gilmac’s Balaklava site manager,
Mark Heaslip, was thrilled with the
turnout at the annual event.
“This is the first one we’ve had on
site because it has been a bit more dif-
ficult to organise but we’re very happy
how it has come off,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity to show off
the new sheds and asphalt area - all the
The upgrades increased storage on
site from 25,000 tonnes to 40,000 tonnes.
This means more hay is required to
fill the boosted storage space.
“We’re aiming for a 30 per cent
increase in cropping and to double our
tonnage from last year,” Mr Heaslip said.
Gilmac general manager, Munro
Patchett, announced the company’s
minimum prices for the coming season
at the event.
These ranged from $100 a tonne for
the lowest quality to $180 a tonne for top
grade, top-up payments and shedding
are paid on top of these prices.
Mr Heaslip believed the early release
of the guaranteed minimum prices
provided growers with some stability
when deciding on their hay crop input.
“I think so, because the bottom line
is everything and people need to know
where we are going,” he said.
Season 2012 pricing, after top-up
payments, ranged from $180 to $240 a
tonne, shedding is in addition to these
While South Australia had a hay
crop of outstanding quality in the 2012
season, Mr Heaslip said there was plenty
of room for all grades.
“This year was all high grade, al-
though we would like an average of all
three qualities,” he said.
“The market needs all three grades
top, middle and low and we need to try
to supply that.” With limited subsoil
moisture available following a dry sum-
mer, some growers may be altering their
cereal cropping plans but Mr Heaslip
believed oaten hay crop plans should
“I think the dry summer is good
because you don’t have to do too much
about weed kill,” he said.
“What they really want is a really
good opening rain near ANZAC Day,
especially for the earlier hay growing
areas, they would love it. The dry now
doesn’t really affect us.”
Mr Heaslip felt if growers hadn’t
decided on their hay cropping inten-
tions yet, it wouldn’t be long before
“They would probably be very close
to having decided now and we will visit
growers in early April about contract-
ing,” he said.
“The only change to that would be a
late opening where they might drop in
hay paddocks in place of other things
like canola. So if it’s a late start, we may
increase our hectares.”
While there were previously inten-
tions of building a second press for
the Balaklava site, the company has
since revised this decision, assembling
a portable press.
Mr Patchett said the portable press
could be operational in Western Aus-
tralia on a Monday, for example, before
being taken apart, loaded onto four
trucks, transported to South Australia,
and be pressing hay by Monday the
He said the portable press would
be used at sites where it was needed
most, including Balaklava if the demand
export hay are
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A LINE UP of new model utes on
the market attracted plenty of attention
from growers at the Gilmac Growers
Vehicles from McCracken Ford,
Lyndoch Motors, Gunning’s Nissan,
Mid North Motors and Clare Valley
Toyota lined the display.
These included the Ford Ranger,
Mazda BT50, Holden Colorado, Volk-
swagen Amarok, Mitsubishi Triton
and the huge Chevrolet Performax
Dealers were able to test drive ve-
hicles on a four-wheeled-drive course
built on the Gilmac site.
AW Vater & Co also had Brett Rob-
erts’ belt merger on display.
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