Just the tonic 

CONGRATULATIONS to Ouse farmer Bernard Brain for winning this year's National Farmer of the Year Award for diversification. It's just the tonic Tasmania needs right now. With an ever-increasing number of Tasmanian farms falling into foreign ownership, it's great to see what locals can achieve through innovation and hard work. From his father's original 300-hectare, rabbit-infested tussock country in 1947 to now a 1000-hectare property producing sheep, cattle, grapes, cabbage seed, poppies and more - how good is that. Well done to Mr Brain and we wish him and those at his Rotherwood property even further success.

 - ROBERT LEE, Summerhill.