The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-23T00:30:20Z Top tips to prepare for the hay and silage season 2017-03-23T00:30:20Z top-tips-to-prepare-for-the-hay-and-silage-season Regular annual hay and silage making is now common-place on many farms in Australia and while sticking to a suitable rotation throughout winter will see you through there are still some important things to consider. Pasture selection and preparation for one, is an important consideration to maximise the production potential of silage and while there is a number of factors that influence the pasture including climate, agronomic constraints and the silage system that will be used, farmers should firstly consider what best suits their whole farm program. “Harvesting high quality fodder is one of the key focus areas for KUHN Farm Machinery innovation,” says Mr Bruno Fetiveau, Managing Director KUHN Farm Machinery. “Low quality forage is unlikely to become good quality silage, so it is important that farmers consider the management of their pasture, the growth stage at harvest, as well as wrapping the bales sufficiently for storage.” Because application of fertiliser can have major implications on the quality and quantity of silage, another key consideration is the soil and plant fertiliser requirements. Nitrogen and potassium levels need to be managed to maximise yield as well and feed quality. Hay and silage production absorbs a lot of potassium from the soil, so an application in early spring may be required. Nitrogen levels also need to be monitored closely, and topdress to individual yield requirements. To address this Mr Fetiveau says that farmers are encouraged to soil test their pastures before sowing and during the growth stages to ascertain the fertility of their paddocks. For paddock preparation and throughout the pasture growth stages, weed and pest management is also an important consideration. Hay and silage making can be used as a highly effective weed control strategy, however established weeds in silage or hay pastures can reduce the feed quality and in some cases be toxic to livestock. Weeds should be controlled early-on to avoid infestations. The main weeds to consider include Capeweed, Fireweed and Patersons Curse. The same applies to in managing disease or insect damage. Common pets such as aphids and diseases such as rust can dramatically impact yield and feed quality. Finally, it is also important to take a look at machinery needs and plan for any servicing, maintenance or repairs, so you’re not let down in the middle of harvest. Growers will need to weigh up investing in machinery or utilising the services of a contractor. Machinery innovation, technology improvements and the latest precision agriculture software applications make hay and silage production much more productive and profitable. Mr Fetiveau says: “KUHN offers a large range of reliable products for hay and silage production. Our wide choice of agricultural machinery including vertical tillage systems and power harrows, fertiliser spreaders, sprayers, mowers, rakes, balers and wrappers, are all designed and manufactured using cutting edge technology.” To ensure farmers have the best machines for the next silage season, KUHN have a special finance offer until 15 April 2017 with 0.99% interest on any two machines purchased for three years with 1/3 deposit. For hay tools 1.99% interest over three years with 1/3 deposit and balers and wrappers 1.99% for four years with 1/3 deposit. For more information and to learn more about the KUHN difference visit www.kuhn.com.au. Ends. Media Contact: C7EVEN Communications Pty Ltd Adam Arndell Luci Smith P: 02 6766 4513/ 0403 372 889 P: 02 6766 4513 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au E: luci.smith@c7even.com.au Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T22:59:02Z advances-in-digital-agriculture-to-take-centre-stage-at-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-in-sydney Sydney, Australia – 23 March 2017 – Advances in spatial technology that enable digital agriculture, including a next-generation national positioning system and real-time monitoring of soil moisture levels from space, will take centre stage at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April. A new national positioning system accurate to between 2cm and 10cm – as opposed to 5 metres with today’s satellite-based GPS – will boost Australia’s economy by $73 billion or more over the next 20 years, much of it in agriculture, says Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). “To adopt techniques like precision agriculture and controlled traffic farming, farmers need to be able to position equipment and sensors with about 5cm accuracy. The conference will showcase space-based augmentation systems – including Australia and New Zealand’s joint initiative – which, subject to testing, are well on the way to achieving that,” said Woodgate. “Leveraging other regional efforts, such as a Japanese satellite-based system recently trialled in Queensland, it will even be possible to remotely control unmanned autonomous vehicles like driverless tractors from space.” Australia’s investments in positioning systems will not only pay off in higher agricultural exports but will create export business opportunities and new jobs in digital agriculture to aid the transition from sectors of the economy impacted by digital disruption. Woodgate and fellow Working Group Co-Chair, Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director of Spatial Vision, will make the first public presentation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda at Digital Earth & Locate17, outlining 30 transformative initiatives for Australia. In another highlight of the event, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will hold a special session to promote capacity building and use of data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory. SMAP products, which provide frequent global measurements of soil moisture from space at high spatial resolution, are freely available (http://nsidc.org/data/smap), with one of the first validation experiments carried out in Yanco, NSW. According to Phil Tickle, Program and Business Development Manager (Ag, NRM & Climate Change) at CRCSI, NASA’s SMAP data will complement data from a range of sensors used in digital agriculture, including soil moisture probes, weather stations, and animal tracking devices. Tickle is presenting the benefits of an online farm monitoring solution for the grazing industry at Digital Earth & Locate17. Called the NRM Spatial Hub, this provides access to 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data and tools for mapping, assessing and monitoring property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover. It is currently being commercialised by the CRCSI in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia. Tickle said the conference was an opportunity for farmers and land managers to learn about the spatial technologies transforming their industry, as well as to discuss potential issues, such as the ownership of agricultural big data. “We are seeing enormous development in digital agriculture capabilities and often farmers don’t have control of their own data,” said Tickle. “When you have sensors on farms feeding into data warehouses and generating broader benefits, why shouldn’t the farmer get a cut? And what does a farmer do if they want to change providers and their data is locked up in a proprietary system?” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). New Course- Agronomy II Growing Grains Course out now 2017-03-21T03:26:02Z new-course-agronomy-ii-growing-grains-course-out-now ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new 100- hour course called Agronomy II, which focusses on growing grains. This course has been written by ACS Academics who have many years experience and knowledge in the agronomy and crops industry. This course covers not only cereals but also pulses (eg. beans) and pseudo grains (eg. Quinoa), which makes this course attractive for those wishing to get into growing newer crops and different markets. Grains are a major part of farming world-wide and are a very significant food for both human and animal consumption. This is a very large industry, that encompasses not only the most common grains such as wheat and rice, but also many dozens of other grain crops such as Amaranth and Soybeans. This course covers the following topics: Introduction to grains Cereal/grain infrastructure and machinery requirements Wheat, triticale, spelt, barley, oats, rye. Maize, Sorghum, millet Rice Pulse crops Pseudo cereals Processing grains for human consumption Grains for livestock consumption Students can enrol into our course at any time and courses are self paced with tutor support available when needed. For more information on the Agronomy II course, please visit our website: http://www.acs.edu.au/courses/agronomy-ii-grains-712.aspx OUTSTANDING FOOD PRODUCER AWARDS 2017 FINALISTS NAMED 2017-03-21T02:45:20Z outstanding-food-producer-awards-2017-finalists-named The Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards has assessed 58 products as Finalists in the inaugural awards. A panel of 10 expert food judges tasted more than 150 products from 82 growers, farmers and crafted producers in early March 2017 at the Fresh Factory in Auckland. Finalists span the range of kiwi produce from primary products such as tomatoes from          T & G Global, Curious Croppers and Farm Eighty4, seafood from Cloudy Bay Clams and Keewai, dairy with as buffalo milk products from Clevedon Buffalo and goats, sheep and cow cheeses, Lemongrass Ants from Christchurch producer Anteater, non-alcoholic drinks and cordials, relishes, pickles, sauces, baked goods and more. Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards organiser Kathie Bartley says, “being named as a finalist means producers are the ‘best of the best’. Outstanding NZ Food Producer finalists have the opportunity to showcase their status by attaching finalist medals to their packaging and using the awards logo on their website and in all their marketing.” Head Judge Lauraine Jacobs said, “It was exciting to judge these new awards and see so many innovative and interesting products. It reinforces my view that in New Zealand we have some of the finest food in the world, whether it is straight from the farm or ocean, or has been value-added to meet the demand of a world seeking sustainably produced food filled with flavour.” The judging panel was; respected food writer and champion of New Zealand cuisine, Head Judge, Lauraine Jacobs; Kathy Paterson, food writer; Enzo Bettio, founder of Delmaine Foods and owner of Vin Alto; Anna Tait-Jamieson, NZ Life & Leisure, food editor; Lucy Corry, NZ Life & Leisure contributor and food writer; Mat McLean, head chef/owner of Palate Restaurant, Hamilton and Beef & Lamb New Zealand Platinum Ambassador; Sam Mannering, chef/co-owner of The Homestead Company, Auckland; Nick Honeyman, head chef/owner of Paris Butter, Auckland; Trudi Nelson, food writer, broadcaster and co-owner of Fresh and Emily King (Sustainable Business Network food program). New Zealand foodies have until the end of this month (Friday 31 March) to vote for their favourite Farmers’ Market, Specialty Food Store or Supermarket, Food Region or Product or Producer. Voting is via the website https://outstandingfoodproducer.nz/ or SMS. Outstanding NZ Food Producer Award category winners and People’s Choice winners will be announced in Auckland on Thursday 27 April and in the May/June 2017 issue of NZ Life & Leisure. Organisers, Kathie Bartley and Nicola McConnell, thanked NZ Life & Leisure, Fresh.co.nz, T&G Global, L’Affare and Label and Litho for supporting the Outstanding NZ Food Producer Awards. The Awards will be an annual event to celebrate the hard work of the country’s food producers. A full list of winners is available here https://outstandingfoodproducer.nz/finalists/ Investing in Australia’s Food Future with Agriculture 2017-03-15T03:31:58Z investing-in-australia-s-food-future-with-agriculture Agriculture has a rich history in Australia and is responsible for producing 90% of food for Australians. It also makes an important contribution to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product. There are certain barriers to entry into the agricultural industry such as distance to training facilities and cost. This not only impacts on the number of adequately trained employees available to the industry but can limit innovation. In addition to finding and attracting suitable employees and accessing training, there are other issues facing the agriculture sector. These include an aging workforce, succession planning, market instability and restrictions, climate change, drought, floods, proximity to markets and potential threats to export and trade agreements. It’s not all bad news though. With new technological advances, changes in consumer trends and new trade prospects, there are opportunities for savvy new entrants and existing farmers. Staying informed and conducting research to identify and capitalise on emerging opportunities is key. Understanding the industry, keeping your finger on the pulse, being creative and identifying new and relevant opportunities can be difficult when you are busy working and doing all the things it takes to operate your business while making ends meet. Gaining this knowledge may involve upskilling or training to obtain new skills to keep your business profitable and futureproof. ACS Distance Education offer courses that are ideal for those looking to enter the industry, for people who are already working in the industry and would like to gain a different perspective or diversify within their business or even for those who are interested in starting their own small self-sufficient farm. Courses are written by ACS academic staff who know the industry. They are designed for the busy person who can’t attend traditional classes with self-paced and flexible learning options allowing the student to select the subjects that best suit their needs. With topics from crops, livestock and animal management, land management and environmental to business and farm development and management, ACS course offerings include short to long courses. Visit our site today for more information: www.acs.edu.au/agriculture Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T00:00:19Z spatial-startup-companies-to-share-the-latest-innovations-at-the-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17 Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2017 – Virtual reality, drones and multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems are among the innovations to be showcased in the Startup Hub at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, taking place from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Startup Hub is designed to bring innovators and providers of the latest spatial technologies to the attention of scientists, surveyors, businesses and government. It will be located in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, including the free Market Day on Tuesday 4th April. All exhibition visitors are invited to try out the new technologies and the new opportunities they provide. Virtual reality to reimagine the world Forum8 is demonstrating its custom 3D visualisation and virtual reality (VR) software. Complete with an Oculus VR headset, the demonstration will showcase the future of 3D experiences. Forum8’s VR-Design Studio is specifically focused on 3D VR/visualisation of urban spaces, roads and traffic, and rail. It provides a full environment for visualising a concept, including Australian terrain (DEM) and road design-type tools, vehicles and traffic settings. It is also possible to import data from a range of sources, including point cloud, road design tools and traffic simulations. The software is also used with driving simulators in engineering studies and human factors research. Rapid-fire spatial data capture Spatial Technologies Pty Ltd will showcase ground breaking technologies that are the results of research and development completed in 2016. This includes new and existing technologies like 3D laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) point clouds and light sensors. A number of projects utilising a combination of these will be showcased, including rapid tree inspections, street light management and asset management. Multi-satellite solutions SURVEY SOLUTIONS will use the Startup Hub for its Australian launch following successful sales of its SOUTH GNSS multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver in New Zealand. The receiver uses the latest GNSS boards to receive the full constellation of satellites available, weighs less than 1kg and is affordably priced compared with competing products. Giving meaning to spatial data Professional spatial problem solvers, Anditi, will also be on hand to show how spatial analytics can solve everything from energy sources to safety. The company is showcasing its next generation platform for high-precision spatial analytics and its application in a range of industries such as solar, property, roads and infrastructure, mining, and environment. It has been designed and built in Australia to revolutionise the management, processing and visualisation of spatial big data such as high-resolution LiDAR. Anditi will also be highlighting use cases across natural and built environments where its application is benefiting clients with lower costs and higher quality outcomes. The Startup Hub will be held in the exhibition halls of the Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, the event provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Launching Fair Farmers Market - 19th March @ Royal Randwick Sydney 2017-03-13T22:26:40Z launching-fair-farmers-market-19th-march-royal-randwick-sydney New farmers market selling locally grown produce with a conscience. Launching on Sunday the 19th of March, the Fair Farmers Market, a For Goodness Sake initiative will showcase the best naturally grown Aussie family farm produce and delicious homemade artisanal goods. Held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse, every Sunday, it is Sydney’s answer to the true farmers market. All the fruit and veg is locally sourced from family farms who use the same methods and practices as organic farmers, which means simply fresh, sustainable and flavour packed produce for you. “The Fair Farmers Market is good for farmers, good for you and good for communities. Our aim is to see Aussie family farms flourish again and reinvigorate local communities,” says Clive Burcham, Founder of For Goodness Sake. As a social impact organisation, the market helps farmers get paid on time and up to 60% more than supermarket supply chains for their produce. 10% from market sales will be donated to OzHarvest to feed the millions of Australians living with hunger insecurity. For Goodness Sake also gives 10% of all online orders back to community groups and schools, and rewards teachers with an extra 20% off for their incredible work. Shop for nutrient-rich, fibre-packed fruit and veg, and browse over 50 stalls on the day for sustainably sourced meat, seafood, eggs and dairy, including Country Valley Dairy, Jenny Brown’s free range eggs and The Bread & Butter Project. Food lovers can also enjoy delicious eat-in creations from some of Sydney’s most loved restaurants like Bondi’s Best and Brooklyn Boy Bagels. The markets will feature live music by Sydney artists, specialist coffee by The Little Marionette and picnic spaces on the green. A great space for families and kids to be entertained for hours with a petting zoo, pony rides, a jumping castle and potato sack races. The Fair Farmers Market strives to have a low environmental impact. All green waste will be recycled into compost for use at the farms and all packaging is reused and recycled. The markets are also single-serve plastic bag free. Entry to the markets is free and onsite parking is available. - ENDS - Notes to Editor: Cost: Free entry When: Sunday 19th of March (then every Sunday afterwards) Time: 8am-3pm Where: Randwick Racecourse Address: Alison Rd, Randwick NSW 2031 Phone: (02) 9663 8400 URL: forgoodnesssake.market/fairfarmersmarket Getting there… Complimentary infield parking via High Street Bus services from Central and Bondi Junction Stations. Full transport information available at 131500.com.au Parking: By gold coin donation to OzHarvest Restrooms: Available Wheelchair access: Yes For all media enquires, please contact: Sophie Spanos For Goodness Sake Email: pr@forgoodnesssake.market For Goodness Sake is a fresh produce, home delivery service catering to the inner city and eastern suburbs of Sydney. For Goodness Sake also offer business deliveries for fresh fruit & veg to the workplace. All our produce is picked and delivered within 72 hours. For more information see forgoodnesssake.market Farm Management ebook helping farms become more profitable 2017-03-13T05:26:34Z farm-management-ebook-helping-farms-become-more-profitable The Farm Management ebook, written by John Mason and the staff of ACS Distance Education is a great resource for anyone who is new to farming or anyone who is already managing a farm who may need some tips on ensuring the business remains profitable. Making decisions on how a farm will be run is important to ensure that the farm is profitable and remains profitable. This ebook covers many of the decisions that a farm manager will face at some stage during the running or set up of a farm. This ebook covers the following topics: 1. Scope and nature of the farm industry 2. The farm site 3. Production systems 4. Managing livestock 5. Managing pasture 6. Managing crops 7. Managing equipment and materials 8. Computer applications 9. Farm structures and buildings 10. Financial management 11. Marketing 12. Farm planning 13. Staff management 14. Water management 15. Diversification This ebook is available for purchase for $39.95 including GST from our online bookshop and there is also a free sample available to have a look at: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-farm-management-pdf-ebook-5648.aspx If you would like a review copy of this ebook, please contact admin@acs.edu.au . International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T01:29:34Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-to-boost-collaboration-in-intelligent-transport-and-smart-cities Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2017 – With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April provides a forum for government, industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry. “Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” says Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia. Harris – the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream – will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies. “We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” says Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.” The capture and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them. Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport. “How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” says Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). PGG Wrightson Seeds Base AR37 tops Australian Forage Value Index 2017-03-02T04:00:14Z pgg-wrightson-seeds-base-ar37-tops-australian-forage-value-index PGG Wrightson Seeds Base AR37 perennial ryegrass, has topped the charts in the new Australian Forage Value Index, just released by Dairy Australia. The Forage Value Index has found Base AR37 perennial ryegrass to be the highest performing cultivar throughout South West Victoria, Gippsland, Northern Victoria and Tasmania across most seasons. PGG Wrightson Seeds, National Sales & Marketing Manager, Cameron Henley says the Index results support the company’s long-term, ongoing commitment to research and development, which he says is the foundation for developing great pasture cultivars. “Since 1938 PGG Wrightson Seeds has proudly led the development of improved pasture plant genetics in Australia and it is the rigour of our research and testing that helps us select elite material,” said Cameron. “We work closely with farmers to get the balance right and we are pleased that Base AR37 has been recognised as the top performing cultivar across south-east Australia.” The Forage Value Index is a rating system that helps Australian dairy producers and their advisors to make more informed decisions when selecting perennial ryegrass cultivars and provides an accurate, reliable and independent assessment of the potential economic value of perennial ryegrass cultivars in different dairy regions of south-east Australia. As an excellent late season quality feed Base AR37 has shown excellent persistence and very high tiller density, high dry matter production and is unsurpassed for dry matter yield. For more information on how Base AR37 perennial ryegrass can improve your pasture production, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Sales Agronomist as listed at www.pggwrightsonseeds.com.au The Australian Forage Value Index is a partnership between Dairy Australia, Agriculture Victoria, DairyNZ, the Australian Seed Federation and Meat and Livestock Australia. Further information about the Australian Forage Value Index and the 2017 Forage Value Index Pasture Tables are available at: http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/Pastures-and-Feeding/Pasture/Forage-Value-Index.aspx Ends. For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au KUHN Expo showcases the best in farm machinery innovation 2017-02-23T23:30:46Z kuhn-expo-showcases-the-best-in-farm-machinery-innovation Over the last two days, KUHN Farm Machinery has welcomed more than 300 dealers and customers to the KUHN Farm Machinery Expo in Cowra, NSW. The event was a unique opportunity to meet global product experts from the United States and Europe as well as get hands on experience with KUHN’s innovative farm machinery. 30 machines were showcased, across both days, demonstrating the KUHN difference through the company’s strength and technology in design and manufacturing including, for the first time in Australia, the KUHN AGT 6036 Pneumatic Fertiliser Spreader; KUHN Axent Fertiliser Spreader; KUHN HR 8040R Power Harrow and the KUHN Excelerator Vertical Tillage System. Tillage expert Wade Oman from the KUHN factory in North America was on hand to demonstrate the impressive features and innovations of the Excelerator Vertical Tillage System. Wade says with exclusive Excalibur blades to capture and slice through residue, the Excelerator Vertical Tillage System provides exceptional residue cutting, soil and residue mixing and seedbed preparation in one pass. Danny Tranter, Integrated Solutions, KUHN Australia said: “when it comes to spreaders KUHN’s AGT 6036 Pneumatic Fertiliser Spreader, with a daily output of 400ha, is perfect for fine and irregularly sized or prilled fertilisers.” “The AGT 6036 ensures precise spreading over the entire 36m working width regardless of wind, terrain inclination and fertiliser quality.” Danny added that: “As a leader in farm machinery, KUHN offers farmers the best products right around the world and the Axent Fertiliser Spreader is no exception. It is the first trailed spreader with continuous adjustment during spreading and has two spreading modules for spreading different products – granule or powder type fertiliser.” Throughout the Expo, dealers and customers were given access to live demonstrations and presentations on the full range of KUHN Farm Machinery. Mr Bruno Fetiveau, Managing Director, KUHN Farm Machinery said the Expo was a huge success with dealers and customers leaving with new knowledge and information about the impressive range of KUHN Farm Machinery and the amazing technologies that make up the KUHN difference. Vision and photographs from the Expo are available at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j3kq47yiqlqfw8e/AABwMldKAM0evtsFY-dj7yOba?dl=0. For more information and to learn more about the KUHN difference visit www.kuhn.com.au. Ends. Media Contact: C7EVEN Communications, Adam Arndell P: 02 6766 4513/ 0403 372 889 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Andatech Launches 100% Self-Sustaining Smart Outdoor Wireless Security Camera 2017-02-20T07:05:23Z andatech-enters-green-market-with-solarcam-100-self-sustaining-smart-outdoor-wireless-security-camera Andatech Launches New 100% Self-Sustaining Smart Outdoor Wireless Security Camera An easy-to-install solar-powered security camera that streams live to your Android or iOS device. Melbourne, Australia – February 20, 2017 – Andatech is taking new strides to penetrate the wireless technology market by introducing the SolarCam - a solar-powered outdoor wireless security camera - to bridge the gap between consumers who want complete control over their security needs without the hassle and hefty price tag of CCTV systems. Mr. Irwandy Tan, Director of Andatech, the double Australian Business Awards (ABA100) winner for Business Excellence and Business Technology 2016, said that the Solarcam is entering the market at an opportune time where increasing security concerns are pushing discerning consumers to seek out convenient and affordable solutions. “The SolarCam works as a seamless, self-sustaining security system without the need for wiring,” he said. “As such, it is excellent for places where normal wiring installation is difficult or challenging, such as car yards, outdoor parking lots, marina bays, and even farmyards for livestock monitoring.” Even with HD 720P video recording, wireless capabilities, motion recording, and instant alert capabilities, the Solarcam consumes less power with a charge that lasts up to a month and a standby time of up to 6 months. With the modern consumer in mind, Solarcam smart wireless security camera provides live feed to a connected Android or iOS device and consumers can monitor multiple cameras from different locations all in the palm of their hand. For night or low-light incidents, the Solarcam comes with IR Night Vision capabilities of up to 5 metres and can withstand different weather conditions with its IP65 dustproof and waterproof rating. Solarcam aims to be the security solution for both owned and rented properties as it comes consumer-ready and can be installed hassle-free and wire-free by consumers without needing to hire an electrician or handyman; increasing convenience and cost-savings for the household. The Solarcam outdoor wireless security camera is now available from Andatech and authorised resellers. Visit Andatech to find out more or call the Australian toll-free number at 1300 800 200 or (+613) 8899 6900 for more details. About Andatech Andatech was founded in 2003 as a distributor of Australian Standards certified breathalysers for Australians, and over the past decade has established a reputation as a leader in reliable wellness and occupational health & safety technologies throughout the Asia Pacific. Its range of quality products and services focus on its vision of a safe and healthy environment, at home and at work. For further information visit: www.andatech.com.au Download high res images here. ACS Releases Ungulates ebook 2017-02-15T04:35:23Z acs-releases-ungulates-ebook   Ungulates ebook ISBN: 978-0-9954356-0-5 Author: John Mason & Staff of ACS Distance Education   ACS Distance Education have released a new ebook on Ungulates. Ungulates are animals with hooves. A hoof is simply an enlarged toenail. This ebook has been written as a reference for those studying animals and animal related subjects especially those studying wildlife, veterinary studies and zoology. Non-ungulate mammals may have claws or fingernails instead of hoofs. The primary difference between ungulates and non-ungulates is whether or not the unguis is used in walking. In ungulates, the unguis is the primary point of contact with the ground. In non-ungulates, other tissues, such as the pads of the feet, provide the primary contact point when walking. The hoof is basically modified epidermis and this consists of keratin, which thickens and hardens the hoof. There are a variety of ungulate ‘hoofed’ animals, and each has different hoofs. Hoofs continue to grow; in wild, hoofed ungulates length is managed by daily foraging and walking. Domesticated animals tend to stand around longer, and do not have access to enough room to be able to keep their hoofs down naturally, so may require hoof maintenance which their wild counterparts do not. This ebook covers different descriptions and pictures of many of the different ungulate animals. Here’s the topics and the Chapters covered in this ebook: CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION – OVERVIEW OF UNGULATES CHAPTER 2 ARTIODACTYLS: EVEN-TOED UNGULATES CHAPTER 3 PERISSODACTYLS CHAPTER 4 AQUATIC UNGULATES CHAPTER 5 OTHER UNGULATES This ebook is now available for purchase for $32.95 including GST from our online bookshop and there is also a free sample available to have a look at: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-ungulate-animals-ebook-6018.aspx If you would like a review copy of this ebook, please contact sarah@acs.edu.au . Animal Health 2nd Edition ebook Released 2017-02-15T03:39:55Z animal-health-2nd-edition-ebook-released Animal Health 2nd Edition ebook ISBN: 978-0-9943737-7-9 Author: John Mason & Staff of ACS Distance Education ACS Distance Education have recently released the revised edition of the Animal Health ebook to include an additional 64 pages and 3 chapters as well as an update of much of the content that was included within the original ebook. The Animal Health ebook is an ideal reference companion for anyone who works, studies or owns animals, livestock or wildlife. As an animal owner or carer for animals, it is your responsibility to monitor and maintain the health and wellbeing of your animal. This ebook is a great ‘go to’ when you have concerns about any illnesses or health issues in the animal. Suggested treatments for illnesses are also provided. Here’s the topics and the Chapters covered in this ebook: CHAPTER 1-  INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 2- PREVENTING DISEASE AND INJURY CHAPTER 3- UNDERSTANDING & INSPECTING HEALTH ISSUES CHAPTER 4- ANIMAL FIRST AID CHAPTER 5- SOME COMMON ILLNESSES IN ANIMALS This ebook is now available for purchase for $29.95 including GST from our online bookshop and there is also a free sample available to have a look at: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-animal-health-2nd-edition-pdf-ebook-6019.aspx   If you would like a review copy of this ebook, please contact sarah@acs.edu.au . MERV HUGHES & CROWDFUNDING HELP BRING BACK FISH HABITATS 2017-02-10T03:35:59Z merv-hughes-amp-crowdfunding-help-bring-back-fish-habitats In an innovative move, three catchment management authorities (CMAs) in Victoria including Corangamite, Glenelg Hopkins and Goulburn Broken will band together with the Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC) to launch their first crowdfunding campaign on Pozible aptly named ‘Funds for Fish’, with full support from Aussie cricket legend, Merv Hughes.   With the 30 day campaign set to launch on 13 February 2017, communities in Victoria, fishing enthusiasts and nature lovers are being called on to support local river projects which will restore native fish habitats and waterways. The Victorian Government has also chipped in with some funding to help kick off the program.   “There are a number of reasons why fish habitat needs to be improved and why we need some extra support,” says Adam Bester, Funds for Fish Project Manager.   “Whilst we work hard to monitor and improve the health of our waterways, we’ve realised this is something we cannot do alone. We’re undertaking our Pozible campaign because we understand how effective local communities can be to achieve big changes. Using crowdfunding, social media and other channels, we want to empower the community to get involved and help make a positive transformation to our waterways. We chose crowdfunding as it enables the community to directly invest in causes and projects that they care about.”       People supporting the crowdfunding campaign will be able to donate as little as $2, and funds raised will be matched dollar for dollar by the CMAs using funding from the Victorian Government’s Regional Riparian Action Plan and other government initiatives to improve the health of regional waterways. These funds will be used to provide works such as installing ‘fish hotels’ or increasing vegetation along riverbanks. Fish habitats that include logs, rocks, native trees and good water quality are really important to help fish survive, grow and breed. The CMAs involved have outlined how funds raised will be used specifically in their catchment areas.   As an avid fisherman and with his own angling television show ‘Merv Hughes Fishing’, Aussie cricketing legend Merv Hughes says it was a no brainer to lend his support to the program.   “Funds For Fish is a great way to increase angler awareness of the importance of habitat for fish.  More habitat in our rivers means more fish to catch” says Merv.   Each CMA has set a funding goal to carry out specific projects they seek to roll out in their catchment area. Glenelg Hopkins CMA is working with local community and angling groups to raise $12,000 to put towards in stream habitat such as rock and fish hotels, weed control and tree planting for Estuary Perch. Corangamite CMA is seeking $10,000 to put towards re-snagging Spring Creek and revegetating key parts of the waterway to provide critical habitat for Estuary Perch. Finally, Goulburn Broken CMA aim to raise a total of $15,000 to accelerate habitat restoration to improve the outlook for the endangered Macquarie Perch.   Funds for Fish already has strong involvement from organisations such as VRFish, Fisheries, OzFish, Merv Hughes Fishing and Native Fish Australia. Fundamental to the project’s success will be community support.  The CMAs hope anglers, local farmers, conservation groups, schools, businesses and the general community will all become involved - either by purchasing a ‘perk’ or making a donation through the crowdfunding campaign.  Perks may include experiences, accommodation, business promotion and other goods produced for the campaign, or kindly donated by local businesses. All donations are fully tax deductible through the Australian River Restoration Centre.   Once the funding campaign is complete, the CMAs will get straight to work to provide the additional fish habitat and hope to see fish numbers increasing, which will be available for current and future generations to enjoy.     To be the first to hear when the campaign goes live or to offer support for the campaign, go to www.fundsforfish.com.au and join the database or follow the project on any of the CMA social networks.