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Kadina 8821 1222
Maitland 8832 2767
Minlaton 8853 2002
Australian Year of the Farmer
2012 Our Farmers. Our Future.
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Free ser vices for DVA clients:
Chris is accredited to offer free hearing services to all eligible pensioners
and Department of Veterans' Affairs clients under the Commonwealth
Government system. It is important to note it remains your right to take your
hearing services voucher to the practitioner of your choice.
If you have any questions about the government system in terms of how
it works, and your choices within it, do not hesitate to contact Chris and the
friendly team at Chris Laird's YP Audiology who will be happy to explain.
Our environment is a noisy place. We
are bombarded with sound from various
sources including television and radio,
household equipment, parties, traffic
and occupational noise.
Fortunately, these sounds are often
not considered harmful for us and do
not affect our hearing.
However, there are certain people at
risk of exposing themselves to harmful
noise or sounds which are simply too
loud for the auditory or hearing system
to cope with.
Farmers are considered at particular
risk of noise-induced hearing loss given
the loud machinery they continually
These days, many farmers have
insulated tractor cabins so the level of
noise they now endure is significantly
However, for many farmers and
workers, the damage to their hearing
could have been sustained a long time
ago and the symptoms can initially be
For example, in the early stages, the
volume or loudness of sound may feel
normal, but the quality of the sound is
compromised. In other words, you may
hear speech but not fully understand
what was being said.
The hearing loss can progress and
the signs become more obvious to you
and those around you.
Ask yourself, do you often feel people
are mumbling? Does your wife,
husband, partner or any other family
member or friend complain you are not
hearing them properly? Do you find it
increasingly difficult to understand
conversation in background noise? Do
you experience tinnitus -- a ringing,
buzzing or whooshing noise in your
ears? Is the TV up louder than others
might like it?
If you answer yes to any of these
questions, consider yourself at risk of
hearing loss and take the time to have
this assessed as treatment and remedies
for hearing loss are exceptionally good
If you feel it's time to have your
hearing assessed or reviewed contact
Chris Laird's YP Audiology -- the only
locally owned and operated hearing
clinic on Yorke Peninsula.
Chris Laird is an experienced
audiologist who provides comprehensive
professional services across the
peninsula consulting at Kadina, Moonta,
Minlaton, Maitland, Wallaroo, Ardrossan
and Port Broughton.
Listen up farmers and heavy industry workers...
for stored grain pests is the
best way to start a grain
storage program. Habitats
include anywhere there is a
food source or shelter
close to a food source.
This extends to old part-
bags of grain, piles of grain
in silos and pockets of
grain in trucks, augers,
field bins or harvesters.
Insects are resourceful
and efficient and can sur-
vive on the smallest
amounts of grain only to
breed-up quickly under
the right conditions when
larger food sources
become available as silos
Prepare the harvester
for next season when fin-
ishing this harvest, clean
out all rock traps, screens,
sieves, elevators, augers
and grain-trap points.
While it's important to
spend time to get the har-
vester as clean as possible,
discard the first few bags of
grain at the start of a new
harvest as a precaution.
This will ensure any
residual grain potentially
carrying insects will not be
transferred from the har-
vester to the grain storage
Grain can also find trap-
points in augers, field bins,
trucks and chaser bins.
All provide a comfort-
able home for insects and
should be thoroughly
cleaned out before harvest
to prevent them from
becoming sources of
vacuums, hoses and pres-
sure cleaners are useful to
clean up residual grain.
Washing silos, bins and
grain storage structures
should be done on a warm
day for quick drying to
Once washed and dried,
structures can be treated
with a structural treat-
grain storage structural
treatments such as chlor-
can be used on structures
storing cereals, but never
on those holding oilseeds
While some small
amounts of residue are tol-
erated by grain buyers, it is
advisable to check the
buyer's maximum residue
level standards before
using these products.
If unsure, a simple alter-
native such as diatoma-
ceous earth (DE) can be
used, which is an inert sili-
ca. This can be applied as a
dust or slurry to the struc-
ture and can also be used
in machinery to provide a
residual control. DE
attacks the insect's outer
cuticle layer and dries
them out and when
applied correctly can deliv-
er 12 months of protec-
For more information,
Harvest hygiene --- protecting your investment
4 Price Street, Kadina Phone 8821 2442
SERVING THE RURAL COMMUNITY
The answer is simply NO it does
not! High quality baler twines will
run in all balers, what is important
when selecting baling twine, is to
choose the twine to suit the
Stories circulating this season
that if the twine used is not sold
by the machinery dealer, the
baler warranty will be null and
void are not only false but
Baler manufacturers make
quality balers, they do not make
twine! They simply buy it in under
their own label.Australasian twine
manufacturer Donaghys has
been supplying high
performance twine world-wide for
Top Knot big square twine has
been favoured throughout the
Yorke Peninsula for many seasons
leading baler mechanics.
With the advent of the high
density balers, Donaghys were
leaders in developing the first
high density twine four years ago.
Sumo has a knot break of 272kg.
Donaghys big square twines are
available from AW Vater, Kadina.
For more information, please call
Does the brand
of twine affect
THE subject for the Minlaton Ag
Bureau's October meeting was the
chain of responsibility with the
transport of farm produce, specifi-
cally the overloading and fatigue
Forty-five members and guests
were present at the meeting which
was preceded by a barbecue tea.
Speakers were Brett Staker, Peter
Sigalis and John Chamberlain
from the Department of Planning,
Transport and Infrastructure, and
a spokesperson from Viterra.
Those present were quite sur-
prised at the amount of informa-
tion the farmers and transport
operators need to document.
Some of the points raised were:
*Seventy per cent of drivers
quoted the wrong code for their rig
(DPTI staff would rigorously
police compliance with this).
*Everyone involved in the load-
ing and transport chain is equally
liable for loading and fatigue
breaches, i.e. the grower, the chas-
er bin driver, the transport owner
and the transport driver. An
example was given of an over-
loaded truck being involved in a
fatal accident where a car crossed
in front of the truck and the only
breach of rules by the truck driver
was the overloading, but the
farmer and the truck operator
faced death by dangerous driving
*Farmers should have an agree-
ment with their carrier advising
the legal load able to be carried
and the truck's roadworthiness.
*A copy of the Government
Gazette Notice relating to over
dimension loads needs to be car-
ried in every such vehicle.
*Comb trailers can only be
towed by a ute travelling less than
25km/h and only if the mass of the
trailer is within the ute's capacity.
*Mass management for single
semis over 42.5 tonnes will be
Whilst there was some angst
from some of those attending, all
farmers and transport operators
need to comply with the regula-
The speakers made it clear the
regulations would be rigorously
policed and advised the code of
practice can be viewed online.
Ag bureau discusses harvest transport
silos, bins and grain
storage structures should
be done on a warm day for
quick drying to avoid
rusting. Once washed and
dried, structures can be
treated, chemicals such as
(Reldan) can be used on
structures storing cereals,
but never on those
holding oilseeds or pulses.
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