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March 2017 News Bulletin

2017 REDCLAW WORKSHOPS
Based on the response to the proposed Redclaw Workshop Roadshow, two workshops will be held:

NQ -25th March – Ross and Wendy Martin’s ‘Rocky Creek Redclaw’ farm and hatchery, 419 Marnane Rd., Tolga, Atherton Tableland. Ph. 0427 688 171

CQ – 22nd April – Peter and Shelley Beldan’s ‘Rocky Waterholes Redclaw’, 36 Old Rocky Waterholes Road,  (off Peak Downs Highway) Walkerston. via Mackay. Ph. 0417 634 457

Both workshops will commence at 8am   –   Please download registration form here:
2017 W’shops rego form

 

January 2017 News Bulletin

A Queensland wide Redclaw Workshops Roadshow for prospective farmers is planned for early this year. The North Queensland workshop is planned for 25th March and workshops in areas south of Proserpine for 22nd  and 29th April and 6th May. The actual venues will be decided according the number and location of responders.

The workshop will be an all day affair at a cost of $88.00 and $55.00 for additional persons attending from the same family. Lunch and smokos are included.

The content of the workshop will be aimed at people interested in getting into redclaw farming, explaining the basics of site selection, farm construction etc., and include a report of the results of our ongoing research program. There will be ample opportunity to have all your questions answered.

People interested in attending the workshop please send expressions of interest to info@queenslandredclaw.org  by 28 February. Include your name, number of persons attending, your location and contact details. Anyone without internet can phone 0418 732 546.

An application form will be sent to you by the 8th March including payment details and the location of your workshop and confirming the date and time. Return of the application form and payment is required by 20th March

It is not known when another such event will be able to be held, so take this opportunity!

 

October 2016 News Bulletin

At the NQCFA October meeting, a report was presented containing the final results of the feed implementation trials. The meeting voted to adopt the ‘Standard’ formulation on the basis of performance and cost until such time that more advanced knowledge was available. The report is available at Contacts – Information Files on this website.

The QCFA has been active in the area of raising the profile of the Redclaw Industry. Recent articles in the QFF ‘10 Things to Know’ initiative led to a segment on the ABC’s Rural Hour and a great article in ‘Rural News’. We have been invited to speak at the upcoming ABARE Conference in the ‘Marketing Innovations for Emerging Industries’ segment.

Interest in the industry is on the rise. The largest farm in the state has just been sold. The new owners are investors planning a serious expansion and have advertised for a manager. Another major farm could well be changing hands soon.  Overseas interests are talking seriously about a 100 tonnes per year farm for direct export. Sales enquiries from overseas are going begging – some up to 50 tonnes a year.

If anyone hears of live crayfish of any breed being imported to Australia, please do let us know. It is illegal without a permit and there is a real threat of introducing Crayfish Plague to this country which has the potential to wipe out crayfish populations.

 

May 2016 News Bulletin

QCFA AGM: The annual AGM of the Queensland Crayfish Farmers Association was held at the farm of the SQCFA president just north of Gympie on the 19th March. It was attended by a full complement of delegates from each branch.

The President reported that interest in our industry is high, as evidenced by the number of enquiries being received from our website. Sales of our book “Redclaw Farming – Getting Started” are continuing at the rate of about one per week. The industry is in a healthy state with farmers working together and encouraging new entrants to the industry. Several prospective farmers are in the process of assembling information and reorganising their lives, while a couple have advanced to the stage of developing farms.

Many subjects associated with the industry’s pathway to the future were discussed and future progress planned. Presentations on the progress of current research projects were explained.

JSCNA: We have received the report of the findings of the Joint Senate Committee for Northern Australia discussed in the last bulletin. Their recommendations include FRDC to establish a ‘Northern Node’; Building roads in the Kimberly; establishing a pest and disease facility in NQ.  It seems, if acted upon, none will have a real impact on our industry short term, but at least we have been presented with an opportunity to put our case forward.

FEED PROJECT: The project has been completed and the result implemented. The new feed is made to a formulae that takes best advantage of the latest knowledge available regarding the optimum diet required by Redclaw. Advances in production methods have made it possible to produce a pellet that has an acceptable degree of water stability. It is available from Advanced Rural in Tolga and will be available from a SQ mill shortly.

NQCFA MEETING: The meeting was held at Joe Maurer’s farm on 7th May. Two new prospective farmers were welcomed. The meeting witnessed a practical demonstration of the physical properties of the new feed and the economic advantages were explained. The meeting decided to pursue our Research Program with a Redclaw Tracking project.

January 2016 News Bulletin

RESEARCH NEWS

  • The five year Feeding and Nutrition Project is finished and the final report sent to RIRDC on 30 December 2015. We are now working with feed mills in Tolga and Gympie to work out the practical details of implementing the supply of the improved feed to the farmers. Making our own feed bags to make the feed easily identifiable was just one step in this process. Plans are in the making for a series of meetings with all branch members to explain the benefits to be gained from the new feed. These should happen in March-April and all farmers will be welcome. Details will be published here as well as disseminated through the QCFA branches.
  • The Survival Project, it is fair to say, is uncovering more questions than answers as yet, but that is the nature of research. There are a lot of people putting a lot of effort into this project, as its success will benefit the industry on many fronts. Fortunately RIRDC understand this and their backing is invaluable. At this stage, JCU people are working through new information as it is discovered.
  • The combined results of our Research Program are proving a positive for the industry. Our effort to develop an improved strain of Redclaw, feed them a better diet and keep them in better health is certainly a tremendous step forward

INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT NEWS

  • Our “Operation Kickstart” initiated in 2013 is starting to bear fruit. Interest in our book “Redclaw Farming – Getting Started” is continuing and feedback from people who have purchased it have been nothing but positive. There are several prospective farmers going through the process of buying land and getting approvals which will translate into production increases in a year or two. All branches report an increase in membership. Demand for our product is continuing to be strong.
  • We have managed to attract the attention of the JSCNA (Joint Select Committee for Northern Australia) by preparing written submissions and appearing before the Committee at a hearing to answer their questions. Our feeling is that results from this will not occur overnight, however our name is up there with others seeking a slice of the $5B pie. Time will tell.
  • Our hatcheries are working hard in collaboration with researchers to lift productivity in an effort to meet rising demand for S3J. The farmers who have converted to ‘S3J Farming’ report success with production results and appreciate the simplicity the farming method has allowed.

WORKSHOPS ROUNDUP – 1st June 2014

Well, the workshops are done and dusted and I must say I am pleased to be home after 4 weeks on the road! Twenty six keen prospective redclaw farmers attended and went away carrying a positive frame of mind.
To the person (who will remain unnamed) who thought a shovel was necessary to collect “berried” females, thankyou for being the highlight of the trip!
For those people who missed the workshops the newly published book, “Redclaw Farming – Getting Started” upon which the workshops were based is available, along with some other literature, by contacting our ‘info’ address.
The industry will now push on with its next objective of developing a feasibility study for attracting major players into redclaw farming and also planning the implementation of the results of the current Feeding and Nutrition project due for completion next year.


Conference Summary

Redclaw Revolution Conference

Lauren Oehme, Research Program Co-ordinator from RIRDC presenting at the Conference

The Redclaw Revolution Conference held in Cairns on the 25th October, 2013, was a spectacular success.  The event was well attended with a total of 65 attendees, 30 of whom were prospective new redclaw farmers. Attendees travelled from as far away as the Northern Territory, New Zealand, and South East Asia.