The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-18T07:00:06Z Shepparton Event: Quad bikes and escaping stock - local farmers learn more about their liability risks from legal experts 2017-05-18T07:00:06Z shepparton-event-quad-bikes-and-escaping-stock-local-farmers-learn-more-about-their-liability-risks-from-legal-experts Sydney litigation expert, John Van de Poll, will be highlighting the importance of farm liability insurance at an event in regional Victoria next week. Organised by Achmea Australia, the events will enable farmers to gain a greater understanding of their on-farm liability risks and strategies to mitigate those risks. “John has over 20 years’ experience as a litigator specialising in all areas of insurance and has managed a significant number of large litigation matters,” said Achmea Australia Risk Specialist, Kieran Kelly, who is organising the Shepparton event. “He is also a very engaging and personable speaker, and I am sure attendees will walk away with a good understanding of their obligations following his presentation – ‘Quad bikes and escaping stock’.” Shepparton-based Achmea Australia Risk Specialist, Kieran Kelly said the free presentation offered attendees a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from a specialist in insurance law. “John was awarded Law Partner of the Year: Insurance in The Lawyers Weekly Awards in 2016 and was included in Best Lawyers 2017 (Insurance), so it is a real coup to have someone with his expertise visiting the area,” Kieran explained. “John is a very well respected and experienced litigator and I believe all attendees will leave with some practical ideas for developing their own strategy for mitigating risks on-farm.” Date Time Town Where Wednesday 24th May 2017 10.30am Shepparton Shepparton Rabobank Branch, 76 Wyndham Street, Shepparton Media Opportunity Media are invited to attend the event and interview experienced litigation specialist and Partner at Holman Webb Lawyers, John Van de Poll, about on-farm liability risks and strategies to mitigate those risks. Achmea Australia Risk Specialist, Kieran Kelly will also be available for comment at the event. Media Contact Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications T: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au John Van de Poll, Partner Holman Webb Lawyers John is an experienced litigator specialising in all areas of insurance and is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation (Insurance). John has managed a significant number of large litigation matters. John provides advice concerning policy interpretation across all insurance areas. Within the Holman Webb Insurance group John leads the Recoveries team and co-leads the Litigation group. John is also an experienced advocate, regularly appearing for clients in court while also participating in alternative dispute resolution programs in those matters identified as unsuitable for litigation. n 2016, John was awarded Law Partner of the Year: Insurance in The Lawyers Weekly Awards and was included in Best Lawyers 2017 (Insurance). About Achmea Australia Achmea Australia is a dedicated agricultural insurance company committed to reducing risks and premiums to its Australian customers. It works with its clients to prevent and manage risks across five categories: buildings; inventory; business interruption; vehicles and liability. It’s All-in-One Farm Pack and winter crop insurance allow customers to tailor their cover to their precise needs. Achmea Australia has an exclusive distribution philosophy. It believes in its collaboration and association with Rabobank, which has a strong presence in rural Australia. By employing their own local Risk Specialists, it is adding value to its clients with a personalised and tailored service as well as keeping costs down. Achmea Australia enjoys the financial strength of its parent company Achmea, based in the Netherlands. For more information visit www.achmea.com.au Hero cow that took ‘unbelievable’ swim through NSW floodwater receives mineral reward 2017-05-11T01:30:27Z hero-cow-that-took-unbelievable-swim-through-nsw-floodwater-receives-mineral-reward Hero cow that took ‘unbelievable’ swim through NSW floodwater receives mineral reward A pregnant cow that survived a massive swim through floodwaters on the NSW north coast has received a free health boost following the awe-inspiring effort. The Angus-cross cow, known as Debbie, became a local hero in April after managing to swim from Lismore to Ballina during the recent floods that ravaged parts of the state’s north. What made Debbie’s effort all the more remarkable was that she was heavily pregnant at the time. In the wake of the incredible story, animal health company Virbac Australia has administered Debbie with Multimin - an injectable source of zinc, manganese, copper and selenium – to help get her back to full health following the incredible ordeal. Virbac also administered drench, vaccine and other medication free of charge, to the rest of farmer Tony Ivey's cattle at his Gundurimba property, east of Lismore, which was hard hit by the floods. Virbac’s technical vet Dr Matthew Ball administered the free nutrition injections on Monday, 8 May 2017. Mr Ivey said Debbie, and his other remaining Brangus cattle, would benefit from the vet’s visit to the farm. “The length of time that Debbie spent in the water is unreal. It’s a long time in the water, days and days. It was just unbelievable that she made it out okay,” he said. “She floated 70 kilometers down the river before being found and has been struggling a bit since, so it great to give her a boost.” Dr Ball said like the rest of the community, he had been amazed by Debbie’s superhuman effort. “We heard about Debbie’s story of the swimming cow and it really struck a chord with us. We thought we could help given she was stressed, in late gestation, and looked very copper deficient.,” Dr Ball said. “We are excited about helping her and the rest of Tony’s remaining cattle with Multimin as it can help improve all of those things as it assists to top up trace minerals close to high demand periods.” Multimin significantly and quickly lifts the trace mineral status of cattle and is ideal for events like joining, calving, marking, and weaning when nutrition demand increases. It helps provide trace minerals essential for optimal health, production and fertility and is delivered via a water-based injection. - Ends – Photo caption: Dr Matthew Ball, Technical Veterinarian with Virbac Australia injects Tony Ivey's cattle with Multimin_8.5.2017. Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of pet care products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. Revolutionising the livestock industry, one fence at a time 2017-05-08T03:30:52Z revolutionising-the-livestock-industry-one-fence-at-a-time With demand for exclusion fencing at historic levels, Australian family-owned and run company Clipex is leading the challenge to make it easier and more cost effective to install – and further, its innovative range of livestock handling products is revolutionising the industry. Clipex fencing technology replaces traditional ‘hole in the post’ fencing with an advanced and yet extremely simple ‘slot and clip system’. It effectively eliminates the need for tie-clips or tie wire, instead enabling farmers to simply clip in their wires. Being incredibly strong and easy to install, Clipex fencing is guaranteed to be the fastest and most secure method of attaching fence wires into a fence post, while at the same time drastically reducing labour and material costs. Clipex fences are at least 10 times faster to attach the wires than traditional tying off methods, and their Y posts are the largest and strongest available. Most importantly, they require much less energy to install wires to, and can easily be used by anyone, even children. As founder of Clipex Ashley Olsson explains, the idea came from what he describes as a “divine revelation” that occurred while driving back to his family farm in Goulburn. “Back in 2007, I saw an elderly farmer trying to pull down an old rusty fence by the side of Crookwell Road. I felt for him, and I uttered a simple prayer – “God I feel for that man, there must be a better way to fence”. A few minutes later I received the answer to that simple prayer – and it was crystal clear. As soon as I arrived home I drew up the mechanism that I had seen, and soon after, we lodged our first patent – and it all just snowballed from there.” The Olsson family has a long history serving rural and regional communities, beginning with their salt block business that originated back in the late 1940s in a shed just west of Parramatta. This was the first pressed salt block produced in Australia to contain a range of minerals, and it was also the forerunner of all multi-nutrient blocks produced in Australia since then. They’ve been at the forefront of farming innovation and technology ever since, and their fencing products have a variety of patented technologies, all designed to reduce cost, improve worker safety, reduce workload, and minimise the stresses and strains of physical labour that are so common in the farming industry. This year Clipex is celebrating 10 years of business. They now have 62 employees in Australia with eight of their own Clipex sales and service outlets and they also employ 180 staff in China – and they offer a huge range of fencing and stockyard products, from post & wire fencing, end assemblies, gates and accessories, automated cattle and sheep handling equipment, crushes and yards. They’re driven by a passion for innovation, and for Ashley, it’s the special features on products such as their heavy-duty cattle crush range that sets them apart. “Our patented rattle-free latch makes opening the door extremely easy – yet it’s quiet enough that there’s no noise to spook the animals.” And their most recent patent covers a revolutionary rotary cattle tub, that requires less workers to handle more stock WITHOUT being inside the enclosures WITH THE STOCK vastly improving worker health and safety and operating efficiency What’s also unique is the company’s belief in making products that will last a lifetime, as Ashley explains: “We don’t believe in what is referred to as ‘in-built obsolescence’. We aim to maximise the life of our products, for example our heavy-duty cattle crush is designed to last a very long time. Its components are hot dipped galvanized after construction, and made from very strong steel, so they won’t rust or wear out easily, and it can be serviced very easily and cost-effectively. The business is continuing to invest in efficiency-focused innovation, developing new patents, more efficient manufacturing facilities and new technologies such as manufacturing robots designed to help to automate production lines. Ashley’s original vision to help farmers and their families with affordable innovation is now “going Global”. Clipex has been sold in North and South America, the UK, Scandinavia, Africa, Malaysia, Germany, Ireland and France. Yet for Ashley, the core reason for the business remains the same as it’s always been as he explains. “While innovation costs a lot of money, and we of course need to turn a profit in order to continue operating, at our heart is a desire to deliver affordable innovation for every farmer, so that we can help lift burdens from as many people as possible”. We get a lot of satisfaction from helping farmers and their families and providing the industry with more affordable innovative solutions. Clipex has changed fencing history, and for the first time in 100 years we’ve been released from the slavery of tying off wires, allowing us more precious time for the things we love to do.” Photo caption: Clipex founder, Ashley Olsson -- Ends -- Media Enquiries Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications Tel: 02 6766 4513 or 0403 372 889 Announcing new leadership for Achmea Australia 2017-04-18T03:45:31Z announcing-new-leadership-for-achmea-australia Achmea Australia is poised to welcome a new CEO, following the news that current CEO Timo van Voorden is returning to the Netherlands – the birthplace of Achmea – after five successful years spent launching and running the company here in Australia. Timo has been instrumental in setting up the Australian division, working tirelessly to carve a niche for the organisation in mutual-based insurance and risk management for the farming community. Of his time in Australia Timo says he is most proud of what the company has achieved, particularly over the last three and a half years with the delivery of innovative, tailored and cost effective insurance for Australian agriculture businesses. “Embedded within local regional communities, our nation-wide network of Risk Specialists have been able to ensure Australian agricultural businesses benefit from our co-operative insurance approach. “They are there to provide immediate support in times of need and it is these relationships that have seen Achmea Australia achieve a 99% client retention rate and a client net promoter score four times the industry average,” Timo said. “I would like to thank Division International and the Executive Board of the Achmea Group for sending me to Australia five years ago. It has been an absolute dream job to build Achmea Australia from the ground up, and to recruit such a great group of people to do it with me,” Timo added. The Achmea Australia team wish Timo every success in the next stage of his career and is pleased to announce Emma Thomas as Timo’s successor. Emma comes to Achmea Australia from FMG Insurance, a large farm insurer in New Zealand, where she’s already demonstrated herself to be a proven senior leader, gaining extensive experience in the agricultural and financial services industry. She has been a central figure in driving the overall growth, client satisfaction and market share strategies for FMG, which is New Zealand’s leading rural insurer. Over the last 10 years Emma has held roles at FMG including National Sales Manager, Head of Sales, Service and Operations, Head of Advice and Sales and Financial Controller. Prior to joining FMG, Emma’s experience includes Executive financial management leadership of a New Zealand IT solutions company, and Audit roles with Deloitte in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Emma has a strong affinity with agribusiness through her family and financial services background. She is committed to continuous development of her leadership and governance skills, and cultivating valuable networks within the primary industries sector. Reflecting on her new role with Achmea Australia, Emma spoke of her keenness to build on the achievements already made by Timo and the company over the past five years in Australia. “I’m excited to join the Achmea Australia team and bring my rural insurance experience to the position of CEO. Having seen first-hand the devastating impacts – both commercially and personally – of natural disasters and storm events on the farming community, the mutual ethos has a very important role in the Australian insurance industry. I look forward to building on the proud history Achmea has in supporting rural businesses and putting clients first,” says Emma. Meanwhile, outgoing CEO Timo is in no doubt that the company will remain in the most capable of hands with Emma and her team. “I am confident Emma will make a significant contribution to Achmea Australia and our clients, and as a senior female industry leader has the potential to influence Australia’s agriculture agenda,” he said. “I wish Emma all the very best of luck in her new role as CEO, and I know she has a fantastic team to support her and to continue the accelerated growth of Achmea in Australia.” Emma joins the company later this month, and Achmea Australia look forward to welcoming her to the family. About Achmea Australia Achmea Australia is a dedicated agricultural insurance company committed to reducing risks and premiums to its Australian customers. It works with its clients to prevent and manage risks across five categories: buildings; inventory; business interruption; vehicles and liability. It’s All-in-One Farm Pack allows customers to tailor their cover to their precise needs. Achmea Australia has an exclusive distribution philosophy. It believes in its collaboration and association with Rabobank which has a strong presence in rural Australia. By employing their own local Risk Specialists it is adding value to its clients with a personalised and tailored service as well as keeping costs down. Achmea Australia enjoys the financial strength of its parent company Achmea, based in the Netherlands. For more information visit www.achmea.com.au. - END- Photo Caption – Outgoing Achmea Australia CEO, Timo van Voorden Photo Caption – Incoming Achmea Australia CEO, Emma Thomas Media Contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications T: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Flooding offers mixed conditions for autumn planting 2017-04-10T06:00:37Z flooding-offers-mixed-conditions-for-autumn-planting Widespread rain across much of the country has created mixed conditions for planting winter pastures, with farmers advised to plant now or monitor soil moisture closely over the coming weeks. Allan Mudford is the Northern Product Development Manager for PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia and said the there is an opportunity for producers in the western zones of south east Queensland to plant oats and annual ryegrass. “Flooding and water logging in the eastern zones will however delay planting, but I would suggest farmers plant any higher ground with an annual rye grass like Winter Star II or Diamond T as soon as possible,” Mr Mudford said. “I would then suggest planting Italian varieties like Concord II or Nourish for late winter and spring/summer production when the lower country dries out.” Farmers living in flooded areas should also prepare for Autumn planting now. “Farmers living in flooded areas should be prepared to plant as soon as possible if no follow up rain occurs – before the colder soil and air temperatures set in,” Mr Mudford said. “In areas that have been dry all this summer current rain will allow a good opportunity to plant over the next two to three weeks.” Mr Mudford said Autumn offers the ideal window for planting winter pasture. “Autumn is that time of year that can set you up for 12 months of production. A good autumn planting can produce more pasture over your winter period, and that results in more profitability on farm,” Mr Mudford said. “When selecting a pasture variety, farmers should determine what periods they are more likely to need more feed and plan by using different varieties. For example, some producers need early winter production and some need more feed later in the winter.” An ideal planting profile would include early and late maturing pastures, to enable a high volume of winter feed and late-season pasture for hay and silage, that could be used for next winter or even in a drought. “10 years ago farmers used to plant one variety of pasture, now 60 percent of farmers use different varieties to create different production curves,” Mr Mudford explained. “There are better genetics in the varieties today and they are growing longer into the season then what they used to.” Timing is critical, with planting technique and soil moisture impacting optimum growth. “Some of the flood irrigation does not work - you can have plant damage, so the type of irrigation is very critical,” Mr Mudford explained. “It’s also important to have a good understanding of the root structure of your plants and monitor soil moisture, so you get the most bang for your dollar in terms of irrigation water.” Mr Mudford said Concord II is a good consistent variety of pasture that is suited to a wide range of soils and environmental conditions across Australia. “Concord II is fast establishing, has good rebound after grazing and has a nice densely tillered, which leads to more feed for the cows to consume,” Mr Mudford said. “It also has an exceptionally long season to it - in the north we get it to grow into late January and silage coming into Spring and Summer.” With 18 years’ experience with PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia, Mr Mudford visits a number of farms and advises farmers in different areas with different farming conditions. “Our staff have a good base knowledge of how farmers are achieving higher productivity in a large range of environments. We get to visit a wide range of farms and sometimes they have problems and sometimes they have great stories of high productivity, so we can share those stories,” Mr Mudford said. For more information on how Concord II can improve your pasture production, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Sales Agronomist as listed at www.pggwrightsonseeds.com.au Ends. Photo Caption - Allan Mudford, PGG Wrightson Seeds Northern Product Development Manager For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Leading South African vet to showcase trace mineral impact on bull fertility in Australian tour 2017-04-04T00:00:22Z leading-south-african-vet-to-showcase-trace-mineral-impact-on-bull-fertility-in-australian-tour Prominent South African veterinarian Dr Martin Ferreira will touch down in Australia this week for a tour highlighting the benefits of trace minerals on bull fertility and semen quality. Dr Ferreira, whose current research investigates the effect of injectable trace minerals on bull semen quality and its freezing and fawning, arrives on Saturday April 8 and will present at six events across Australia on the six-day tour. A guest of Virbac Australia, Dr Ferreira will present on the latest in trace mineral science and how trace minerals can assist in bull fertility and semen quality. The tour is targeted at cattle veterinarians, reproduction professionals, and beef/dairy producers and aims to improve knowledge and understanding of trace minerals, which are essential for fertility and optimal production in beef and dairy cattle. Virbac Australia Livestock Nutrition Specialist, Dr Jerry Liu, said the tour was a chance for industry participants to hear from Dr Ferreira, who has over 24 years consulting experience with leading South African animal health companies. “We are excited to be hosting Dr Ferreira, who will present cutting edge, world class information to Australian industry professionals and beef and dairy producers,” Dr Liu said. “For beef and dairy producers, the chance to learn the latest in trace mineral science from a global expert is truly unique.” He said in addition to his trace minerals work, Dr Ferreira had over 26 years of experience as a professional vet, with his work taking him to many parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia and Uganda. “With Dr Ferreira’s current area of research being the effects of trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, it’s a unique opportunity to hear from a global leader in the field,” Dr Liu said. “Dr Ferreira has also provided productivity consultation for beef, dairy and feedlot operations as well as operating his own cattle property for 21 years.” Dr Ferreira is scheduled to speak at locations including Camden in NSW, Gippsland and Western Region in Victoria, and Toowoomba and Rockhampton in Queensland, on the tour. Whilst the events are invitation only, Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Ferreira during his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. State Date Time Town Where NSW Saturday 8th April 9:00 – 16:00 Camden, NSW The University of Sydney, Mayfarm VIC Sunday 9th April Dinner time Gippsland, VIC TBA VIC Monday 10th April 11:30 – 13:00 Ensay, VIC Little River Inn (64-70 Johnston St) VIC Tuesday 11th April 10:30 – 12:00 Gazette, VIC Moyle Pathfinder Angus (2126 MacArthur-Penshurst Rd) 14:00 – 15:30 Camperdown, VIC Total Livestock Genetics (4969 Princes Highway) QLD Wednesday 12st April 12:30 – 15:00 East Toowoomba, QLD Toowoomba Motel (2 Burnage St) 18:30 onwards Toogoolawah, QLD South East Country Vets (31 Cairnscroft St) WA Thursday 13th April 10:00 – 12:30 North Rockhampton, QLD Park Avenue Hotel (Cnr Haynes & Main St) Media Opportunity Dr Martin Ferreira will deliver a presentation on bull fertility and semen quality, and how trace minerals can help. Interview opportunity with Dr Martin Ferreira, - Ends - Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Martin Ferreira: Martin Ferreira is a veterinarian specialist in herd health and preventative medicine. He completed his Masters of Veterinary Medicine (Bovine) at the University of Pretoria in 2000 and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Pretoria. His area of research investigates the effect of injectable trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, and its freezing and fawning. Mr Ferreira has over 26 years of veterinary experience in mixed practice, and over 24 years of experience working as a consultant for various animal health companies in South Africa. His work has taken him to various parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia & Uganda. Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of pet care products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. Top tips to prepare for the hay and silage season 2017-03-23T01:30:20Z 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 PGG Wrightson Seeds Base AR37 tops Australian Forage Value Index 2017-03-02T05:00:14Z 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 2017-02-24T00:30:46Z 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 KUHN FARM MACHINERY EXPO 2017 2017-02-07T02:30:19Z kuhn-farm-machinery-expo-2017 This February, KUHN Farm Machinery will, for the first time in Australia, be showcasing its KUHN AGT 6036 Pneumatic Fertiliser Spreader; KUHN Axent Fertiliser Spreader; KUHN HR 8040R Power Harrow and the KUHN Excelerator Vertical Tillage System at the KUHN Farm Machinery Expo. The Expo will be held in the central west NSW town of Cowra over two days (22 – 23) in February providing an opportunity for both dealers and customers alike to meet product experts from the United States and Europe as well as get hands on experience with KUHN’s innovative farm machinery. Across both days, the KUHN difference will be on display demonstrating the company’s strength and technology in design and manufacturing. Wednesday 22 February attendance is restricted to KUHN dealers and Thursday 23 February KUHN will open up the gates to customers and members of the public for the day. Those wishing to attend are required to register at www.kuhn.com.au prior to the event. As a leader in farm machinery, KUHN offers farmers the best farm machinery products right around the world and welcomes the opportunity to speak with media about this event prior to the day as well as invites media to come out on the day. A full range of images and B-roll will be available to media after the event. WHAT: KUHN FARM MACHINERY EXPO WHEN: Wednesday 22 February 2017 from 8.30am – 4.00pm (Dealer Expo) Thursday 23 February 2017 from 8.30am – 4.00pm (Customer Expo) WHERE: Cowra, NSW N.B – As the Expo is held on private property KUHN have arranged transportation to and from the site. The meeting point for transport is the Cowra Saleyards, Young Road Cowra. Media Opportunity: Interviews with KUHN product experts from North America and Europe Interviews with KUHN Managing Director, Bruno Fetiveau and KUHN Marketing Manager & Product Sales Support Australia, Sarah Govier On-site interviews with KUHN dealers and customers Photo and vision opportunities of KUHN Farm Machinery in action First look at the KUHN 2017 machinery range including balers; sprayers; tillage; fertiliser spreaders; mixer wagons; and hay making machines. <ENDS> Media Contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications 02 6766 4513 0403 372 889 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Luci Smith C7EVEN Communications 02 6766 4513 E: luci.smith@c7even.com.au About KUHN Farm Machinery: Since 1828, innovation and quality have been the basis of our commitment to our customers, the farmers. They are the inspiration behind our trademark. In concrete terms, this means 2,000 patents filed and the service ensured by more than 4,540 KUHN staff worldwide. Products and services are marketed with a single trademark. 180 years of experience in manufacturing farm machinery helps us offer products and services ensured to perform to our customers’ requirements. As a leader in farm machinery, we want to offer farmers the best products, every day and right round the world. We want to satisfy increasing numbers of customers. Today 4,540 employees are proud to serve the exacting demands of farmers. Their skill and commitment also help meet these demands. Barber’s pole a risk for southern sheep graziers this summer 2016-12-12T06:02:04Z barber-s-pole-a-risk-for-southern-sheep-graziers-this-summer A leading Victorian Veterinarian is warning southern sheep producers to act early on worms this summer, or risk poor animal health and pasture contamination in 2017. Hamilton-based Consultant, Dr Graham Lean of Agrivet Business Consulting, says high subsoil moisture and prolonged cool weather in southern Victoria and Tasmania has created prime conditions for worm production. “Worms are a major risk this summer, because of continual worm pick up and heavy worm burden that have accumulated due to the prolonged wet and cool conditions. So, it’s a very dangerous time for sheep to be grazing from a worm point-of-view,” Dr Lean said. “Roughly 40 percent of worms dropped on pasture now will turn into infected larvae being picked up by sheep next year in southern Victoria. That’s a high survival rate, so it is critical that it is stopped now.” Dr Lean says the conditions are reminiscent of the 2010 / 2011 season at this point in time, and it is imperative that producers drench their livestock as soon as possible if they haven’t recently done it already, so they are protected if the summer continues to be wet. “It’s a big risk this season, so I think it’s good to warn people. There is a potential to open yourself up for barber’s pole worm and small brown stomach worm and that certainly happened in 2011. It’s not a high risk, but it is certainly there,” Dr Lean said. “So, from a health and productivity perspective, it is very important not to delay that drench – the earlier, the better.” Dr Lean recommends producers use Cydectin Long Acting injection for sheep, which provides 91-day protection against barber’s pole worm and small brown stomach worm and up to 49-day persistent activity against black scour worm. “In a season like this, you will generally get worm pick-up after the first summer drench in November or December,” Dr Lean explained. “That is where Cydectin Long Acting injection for sheep is brilliant, because the alternative is to drench more frequently throughout the summer which increases the chance of worm resistance. So, you are better giving Cydectin Long Acting injection for sheep and having persistent control with less drenching.” Sheep Product Manager for Virbac Australia, Terrance Loughlin, agrees that an early long acting treatment is critical this year. “Because the season is late, some producers might delay their first summer drench, however this will mean that pastures stay contaminated for longer. Pasture contamination creates a significant risk of infection for vulnerable sheep such as weaners and hoggets. Obviously, the best way to minimise risk is to minimise contamination,” said Loughlin. Loughlin says a Cydectin Long Acting injection can negate the need for a second summer drench in the southern regions, which is particularly valuable following a wet winter. “Sheep producers in predominantly summer rainfall areas are quite familiar with the use of Cydectin Long Acting Injection for Sheep as a summer drench. Barber’s pole worm is of particular concern in northern NSW and southern Queensland sheep producers and they find that because Cydectin Long Acting is especially potent it is an important asset for combating barber’s pole worm,” said Loughlin. Dr Lean said drenching sheep for worms is a good investment. An MLA study looking at the costs of internal parasites showed that 80% of the costs of worms is in lost production most of which is not readily identifiable[1]. “Sheep aren’t worth $1.50 anymore – they are worth at least $150 a head and any reduction in productivity or increase in mortality risk is costly. So it is very profitable to keep sheep alive and healthy. Any delay of the first summer drench is really dicing with death,” Dr Lean said. “Clearly the game has changed a bit and it’s probably worth reminding people that livestock is worth a lot of money and they are grossing a lot of money. So the stakes are a lot bigger to do the job right.” Ends. For more information contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au [1] https://www.mla.com.au/research-and-development/search-rd-reports/final-report-details/Animal-Health-and-Biosecurity/Priority-list-of-endemic-diseases-for-the-red-meat-industries/2895 Virbac Australia's Commercial Manager recognised as a finalist in the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women's Award 2016-09-27T02:47:04Z virbac-australia-s-commercial-manager-recognised-as-a-finalist-in-the-2016-telstra-nsw-business-women-s-award Virbac Australia’s Commercial Manager, Sarah Hunter has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW Telstra Business Awards. The highly sought after Awards not only recognise Australia’s most exceptional business women but are a symbol of business excellence. John Embling, General Manager Virbac Australia said: “Sarah is one of the most senior women in the $1Bn animal health market in Australia and her selection as a finalist in these Awards is a fitting accolade and we are thrilled that her contribution to the industry has been given the recognition it deserves.” With experience spanning two decades and two continents, Sarah says she sees her role as a finalist as an opportunity to promote Australian agriculture - and animal health - as a vibrant and exciting industry in which to build a career. “I am a proud Agricultural Science graduate from the University of Sydney and I love to showcase the myriad – and sometimes not immediately obvious – pathways that exist for those whose passion is for agriculture and veterinary science,” she said. “It is also great to show the way in which progressive leadership and business approaches fit naturally with creative problem-solving - a cornerstone of both agricultural and veterinary innovation” she added. Since joining Virbac Australia in 2004, Sarah and her team have been unlocking value at all levels by asking, “why not?” and breaking new ground in the way they do business and she says, anyone can do it. “All you need is to be prepared to test yourself, back yourself and not be afraid to tread a different path to everyone else.” Sarah is a finalist in the Corporate and Private Award category and will attend the Gala Dinner at Doltone House in Pyrmont on 11 October 2016 where the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Award winners will be announced. “We wish Sarah every success at the Awards and hope to see her contend the national award next month,” said John. Ends. AUSTRALIAN BEEF PRODUCER, JACK'S CREEK RETAINS THE WORLD'S BEST STEAK TITLE 2016-09-22T23:56:49Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-retains-the-world-s-best-steak-title The competition was tougher than ever with 17 countries and 83 of the world’s top beef producers entering the competition Held in London last night in a bid to win the title. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 75% aged for 30 months and grain fed with judges noting it won on it's all round top quality. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's creek said of the win, “We spent considerable time selecting the entry and this win confirms that we’re the best in the world again. Winning last year was one of the biggest things to happen to us and our brand awareness rocketed and it’s been great for business. This is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” He also added. “We will be going for the hat trick next year!” Chair of judges and butcher Keith Boxley said, “Every gold medal winner was worthy of winning the top prize but the overall winner was outstanding. It scored highly on appearance, quality, taste and tenderness.” He also added, “People are getting more selective about the meat they eat and they want something more prepared. As a butcher judging this competition, I'm looking for something that looks and tastes nice that has no gristle.” Jack’s Creeks’ award winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, black by EZARD, Catalina, LuMi Bar and Dining and many more. ARIA restaurant Head Chef Ben Turner commented that, “Jack’s Creek beef is always a consistent and tasty product” and Catalina’s Executive Chef, Mark Axisa, commented: "Jack's Creek beef is of the highest quality and the fullest flavour. It is a pleasure having the Jack's Creek dry-aged ribeye on my menu; it just flies out the door!" Jack’s Creeks’ 150+ days Grain Fed 100% black angus also won the Silver award. For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / annabel@polkadotpr.com.au About Jack’s Creek Jack’s Creek is still regarded as a relative newcomer in the world of specialist beef after launching in 2000. However, in 1947 the Warmoll Family began farming in Breeza and the company’s links to fine food dates back to 1852, when the Warmoll Family emigrated from Ireland before opening butcher’s shops in the Victorian and NSW gold fields. The company is family run by co-founders and brothers, Philip and David Warmoll and sons Patrick Warmoll, MD and Robert Warmoll. Jack’s Creek is at the forefront of Australian premium beef production – processing and marketing grain fed Wagyu and Black Angus, which it ships to more than 20 destinations around the world including Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the Germany. Key nutritional factors to consider for sheep at weaning time 2016-09-09T03:45:40Z key-nutritional-factors-to-consider-for-sheep-at-weaning-time As we head into this critical time of year – weaning time, sheep producers are being reminded of the importance nutrition plays in managing stress and easing transition for both ewes and lambs. Terrance Loughlin, Sheep Product Manager for Virbac Australia says one of the most important factors for sheep producers to consider during this time is managing trace minerals in weaners. 2015 Farmer of the year finalist, Mr Paul Routley, agrees a trace mineral top up at weaning time is critical in keeping his lambs healthy and balanced, and he is a big supporter of MULTIMIN (Copper-Free) to help achieve this. Paul and his wife, Dalles Routley, run ‘Almondvale’ near Urana in the Riverina with their family. On their 2230 hectares, the Routleys run about 1300 hectares of cereal and pulse crops, and the balance is for 500 poll ewes joined to White Suffolks for prime lamb production, 1500 poll stud ewes joined to Bond and Poll Merino rams, and 650 stud White Suffolk ewes joined to White Suffolk rams. “We’ve been using MULTIMIN (Copper-Free) for many years,” says Paul. “We always like to give our prime lambs a shot at marking, and our self-replacing lambs get a shot at weaning, just to keep them balanced.” “Most of the time, we can get half to two thirds of our prime lambs off as suckers straight from their mothers. Last year we sold lambs at 15 weeks old at an average of 25.8 kg carcass weight. MULTIMIN (Copper-Free) helps give them a real boost there,” says Paul. Latest research into mineral science has found that livestock exhibit performance benefits as a result of a rapid and balanced trace mineral top up, even in areas absent of trace mineral deficiencies. MULTIMIN (Copper-Free), delivered by a simple injection, provides a rapidly absorbed, and much needed top-up of zinc, manganese, and selenium that will help weaners transition off their mothers reducing the effects of stress and ensuring they have a strong immunity. “By keeping lambs balanced with MULTIMIN (Copper-Free), you can keep the animal healthy. If they are healthy and balanced when they are weaned, they’ll stay on that plane of growth and they will utilise feed that they’ve got, far better than if they’re sulking and sitting in the corner,” Paul said. The economic losses associated with weaning, and the effects of separation stress during weaning, which can see lambs food intake drop and subsequently reduce mineral intake from pasture and other sources, can have a dramatic impact on early growth performance which can have a flow-on effect for the lambs long-term growth potential. Paul who is also the President of the Australian Bond Sheep Breeders Association and NSW President of the White Suffolk Breeders Group, says there’s no question about the benefits of trace mineral top up at weaning with MULTIMIN (Copper-Free). “I spend a lot of time judging at sheep shows and mentoring agricultural students and I always recommend MULTIMIN for weaners. It’s a very, very good investment.” “There’s a lot of people that run sheep and there’s people that live and breathe sheep. For me, there’s nothing better than going out and seeing a mob of sheep healthy and running around happy.” Mr Loughlin highlights the other key factors for sheep producers to consider during weaning include monitoring weights and condition scores, managing the available food on offer (FOO) and the use of supplementary feeding as required. “Condition scoring sheep is an easy and accurate method of estimating the condition or ‘nutritional wellbeing’ of your sheep flock. It requires an assessment of the amount of muscle and fat covering the backbone and the short ribs of each sheep and gives a picture of the sheep’s store of energy,” says Mr Loughlin. Condition scoring a mob at key times throughout the year gives producers important information to make better management decisions in order to reach condition score targets for joining, lambing, weaning and selling. For optimum production and profitability, weaners should be no less than a score of 2 and ewes should not be allowed to fall below 2.5 by weaning. Weighing weaners on a regular basis also allows you to assess the growth rates, and distinguish animals that need drafting off for special treatment and the need for supplementation. With monitoring the available food on offer, the close association between growth rate, bodyweight and mortality risk means that supplementary feeding may be a cost-effective option in weaners. “Small increases in weaning weight can greatly improve weaner survival,” says Mr Loughlin. “For instance, studies have shown a 14 kg weaner has a 34% lower risk of death than a 12 kg weaner, and a 20 kg weaner has a 22% lower risk of death than an 18 kg weaner.” Where supplementary feeding is being used, care must be taken to ensure the provision of a balanced diet that is economically feasible. “To maintain good rumen function and assist good animal health, supplementary feeding should satisfy the animals need for protein, energy, roughage and minerals,” says Mr Loughlin. “A high energy diet based on grain may require the addition of roughage, such as hay, to ensure good rumen function. Where cereal grains are used ground lime stone should be added at the rate of 1%.” For weaners, Mr Loughlin advises early selection of paddocks is a critical component of managing weaner performance and explains that ideal weaning paddocks should include high quality feed. “For mixed perennial pastures short green feed should be 1,200 – 1,500 Kg DM/ha, ideally with improved pasture species and 20% legume. Annual clover based pastures should be around 2000-2500 Kg DM/ha food on offer and in the cereal zone consider a special purpose fodder crop or good quality stubble.” “They should also have low grass seed infestation, such as barley grass or corkscrew and good quality, easily accessible water,” he added. For Paul and Dalles Routley, running a high quality registered sheep breeding stud means their prime lambs and self-replacing lambs have to be at their nutritional best. “Our weaners just bounce away, and the growth post-weaning, its right where we want them going year after year,” says Paul. To purchase MULTIMIN (Copper-Free), visit your local agricultural merchandiser. For more information, visit Virbac Australia’s website www.virbac.com.au Ends. For more information contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Barrels of Rare Wines, Frivolity and Fun – The First Planted Lunch & Auction puts NSW Wines top of the menu 2016-09-05T01:58:44Z barrels-of-rare-wines-frivolity-and-fun-the-first-planted-lunch-auction-puts-nsw-wines-top-of-the-menu-1 Flowing wines, industry legends and auction experiences to make even the most seasoned of connoisseurs envious. 300 guests and VIPs celebrated the best of the NSW wine industry on Friday 2nd September at the inaugural First Planted Gala Lunch & Auction held at the Sydney Cricket Ground.   Claiming back the wine roots of Australia, guests were treated to a 3-course gourmet lunch with matching NSW wines as they relaxed and mingled with some of the industry’s finest personalities. Hosted by comedian Jean Kittson, the light-hearted event saw industry heavyweights and guests alike in barrels of laughter with PLONK creatives Chris Taylor and Nathan Earl proving the award-winning and rare wines of NSW really are irreplaceable. Sommeliers and restaurateurs from some of Sydney’s finest dining establishments such as Quay, The Imperial Hotel, Bennelong and PARKROYAL Darling Harbour, Sydney were amongst those treated to vintages old and new, with much attention being placed on the standout 2014 wines in the room.   Alongside the gala lunch, guests had the opportunity to bid on some truly ‘unicorn’ experiences and wines at the live auction, with 20 of the most hotly contested lots sold exclusively at the event. For those unable to attend, 132 lots are now live online until 9pm, Thursday 8 September with vertical vintage tasting packs of some of Australia’s most awarded wines, experiences for up to 20 people including a long lunch at Urban Winery Sydney and romantic getaways to Mudgee, Orange and the Hunter Valley.   Most noted of the exclusive auction lots sold under the hammer included your own barrel of Tyrrell’s 2016 Vat 47 Chardonnay which sold for $12,232, a weekend in Mudgee including dining at two of Mudgee’s hottest restaurants, a full-day helicopter wine tour and VIP treatment at the Huntington Music Festival that was snapped up for $3,728 and the last double magnum of 2014 Lake’s Folly Cabernet that reached a record-breaking $990.   NSW Wine Industry Association President, Tom Ward, expressed his delight at the outcome of the event and his excitement to see the result of the final online auction.   “Winemakers from across NSW have been winning awards and producing outstanding vintages for decades. We wanted to showcase our great capabilities and successes as a wine producing state and this event has allowed us this opportunity. It has been a great success in bringing NSW wines back into the conversation and we’re excited to see the flow on through the state’s wine lists and cellars. And for those who were able to get their hands on the rare wines and experiences, or are still waiting to bid on their otherwise impossible to buy offer, we hope they enjoy their unique piece of NSW wine history.”  The First Planted Auction is online until 8 September, 2016 at www.langtons.com.au     Follow us on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NSWWine/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/nswwine Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nswwine/  -ENDS-MEDIA CONTACT Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry, Laura Heslop or Yvonne Kong P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com; laura@holysmokeagency.com or yvonne@holysmokeagency.com