The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-03-02T04:00:14Z 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 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: Ends. For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit Ever wonder why the sky is blue? 2016-11-08T03:16:33Z ever-wonder-why-the-sky-is-blue The Garden Bug series is an engaging, educational children’s picture book series written by Dr Richard Whitlow (Dr R). The series follows curious garden dwellers as they search for answers to questions equally curious young readers may have about things that happen in the garden. The Garden Bug series explores topics such as the colour of the sky, animal noises, and spider webs. Each book is colourful, and full of pictures and conversation to interest young readers. At the end of each book is a puzzle for young readers to test with what they have just learnt. A list of online resources is also included at the end of each book for curious young minds to continue down the road of discovery. For those readers who wish to know about the current adventures of the real life Gee Gee Garden Bug, he has a Twitter account, via Dr R: dr_gardenman. As a retired geographical scientist, Dr Whitlow has combined his love of writing and geography to write the Garden Bug series and educate young children on things that happen in the garden. He was inspired by a ‘gardener girl’ who came to a talk that he gave on native plant gardening at his local library. Dr Whitlow also speaks at venues where plants are celebrated, such as botanic gardens, nature parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and the infamous Bunnings Warehouse. He has previously spoken at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and his current list of library visits includes the Nerang, Helensvale, and Upper Coomera libraries. ISBN: 9780994599605 (Frogs Chorus) 9780994599612 (Why is the Sky Blue) 9780994599629 (Spiderwebs) Price: $10 Format: Paperback Dimensions: 210mm x 210mm Contact author: Contact publisher: Website: Virbac Australia's Commercial Manager recognised as a finalist in the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women's Award 2016-09-27T01:47:04Z 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. Key nutritional factors to consider for sheep at weaning time 2016-09-09T02:45:40Z 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 Ends. For more information contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 Leading US veterinarian to tour Australia showcasing the latest research in cattle-related trace mineral science. 2016-08-24T23:30:44Z leading-us-veterinarian-to-tour-australia-showcasing-the-latest-research-in-cattle-related-trace-mineral-science One of the USA’s leading technical services veterinarians, Dr Bob Gentry is about to tour Australia, highlighting the benefits of trace minerals in beef and dairy production. Dr Gentry, who works at Multimin USA Inc, will be travelling from Monday, 29th August to Friday 9th September as a guest of Virbac Australia. He’ll meet with rural merchandisers, local cattle veterinarians, scientists, as well as beef and dairy producers around Australia, in a series of talks that will take him across five different states. Trace minerals are essential for strong growth and optimal production in beef and dairy cattle, by regulating hundreds of bodily processes. Dr Gentry will present the latest in trace mineral science, the differences between injectable and oral trace minerals, the impact on cattle health, fertility, immunity and vaccine function, and the potential impact on profitability. Dr Jerry Liu, Livestock Nutrition Specialist for Virbac Australia, says “we are excited to be hosting Dr Gentry, who’ll present cutting edge, world class information to Australian rural merchandisers and beef and dairy producers.” Dr Gentry has over 35 years of experience as a professional vet, with a specific focus on beef cattle production, nutrition and reproduction. “For beef and dairy producers, the chance to learn the latest in trace mineral science from a global expert is truly unique,” concludes Dr Liu. Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Gentry during his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. State Date Time Town Where NSW Monday 29th August 9.00am – 11.00am Holbrook Holbook Library Complex 39 Young Street Holbrook NSW 2644 SA Monday 29th August 6.00pm – 8.30pm Mount Gambier Commodore on the Park Cnr Jubillee Highway & Penola Road Mount Gambier SA 5290 SA Tuesday 30th August 7.00am – 9.00am Mount Gambier Commodore on the Park Cnr Jubillee Highway & Penola Road Mount Gambier SA 5290 SA Tuesday 30th August 12.30pm – 3.00pm Willalooka Willalooka Tavern Riddoch Hwy Willalooka SA 5267 WA Wednesday 31st August 2.30pm – 3.30pm Bellvue The Farm Shop (CRT) Clayton Street Bellvue WA 6056 WA Thursday 1st September 11.00am – 2.00pm Bunbury Farm West Discovery 2016 Lighthouse Beach Resort Bunbury WA 6230 VIC Friday 2nd September 8.00am – 9.00am Pakenham Elders Pakenham Cnr Livestock Way & Koo Wee Rup Road Pakenham VIC 3810 VIC Friday 2nd September 10.00am – 1.00pm Wonthaggi ‘Kent Family Farm’ 289 Mill Road Woolamai VIC 3995 VIC Friday 2nd September 2.00pm – 3.15pm Leongatha Leongatha RSL Cnr Smith Street & Michael Place Leongatha VIC 3953 QLD Monday 5th September 10.00am – 12.30pm Rockhampton Park Avenue Hotel Cnr Haynes & Main St North Rockhampton QLD 4701 QLD Monday 5th September 5.30pm – 7.00pm Killarney Tannymoral Bowles Club 25 Oak St Tannymorel QLD 4372 QLD Tuesday 6th September 7.30am – 9.30am Toowoomba The Toowoomba Motel 2 Burnage St Toowoomba QLD NSW Tuesday 6th September 12.30pm – 2.00pm Glen Innes Glen Innes Services Club 120 Grey Street Glen Innes NSW 2370 NSW Tuesday 6th September 3.30pm – 5.00pm Guyra Rafters Restaurant 87 Malpas Street Guyra NSW 2365 NSW Tuesday 5th September 6.00pm – 9.00pm Armidale St Kilda Hotel 102-104 Rusden Street Armidale NSW 2350 NSW Wednesday 7th September 7.00am – 9.00am Walcha Walcha Vet Supplies Aberbaldie Road Walcha NSW 2354 NSW Wednesday 7th September 10.00am – 12.00pm Tamworth Frog & Toad Function Centre 238 Goonoo Goonoo Road South Tamworth NSW 2340 NSW Wednesday 7th September 6.00pm – 9.00pm Dubbo Cattleman's Country Motor Inn Whylandra Street Dubbo NSW 2830 NSW Thursday 8th September 10.00am – 12.00pm Orange Duntryleague Golf Club Woodward Street Orange NSW 2380 NSW Thursday 8th September 6.00pm – 9.00pm Goulburn Astor Hotel 93 Auburn St Goulburn NSW 2580 NSW Friday 9th September 7.00am – 9.00am Goulburn [Tentative] Astor Hotel 93 Auburn St Goulburn NSW 2580 NSW Friday 9th September 3.00pm – 5.00pm Camden Scibus 2 Broughton St Camden NSW 2570 Media Opportunity Interview opportunity with Dr Bob Gentry, Technical Services Veterinarian, Multimin USA Inc Interview opportunity with Dr Jerry Liu, Livestock Nutrition Specialist, Virbac Australia Interview opportunity with Dr Susan Swaney, Livestock Technical Veterinarian, Virbac Australia (VIC, SA, & WA events) Interview opportunity with Dr Matthew Ball, Technical Services Manager, Virbac Australia (QLD & NSW events) - Ends – Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Dr Bob Gentry: Dr Bob Gentry earned his DVM from Kansas State University in 1981. In 1996 he obtained a Certificate in Beef Cattle Production from the University of Nebraska. In 2009 he was awarded a President’s Award from the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. Dr Gentry spent 31 years in mixed-animal practice, predominantly working with beef cattle. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim in 2012, he worked as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska, lecturing on Beef Cattle Production medicine. Dr Gentry joined Multimin in 2014. His professional areas of interest are beef cattle production, nutrition and reproduction. 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 petcare 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. MIKE BAIRD IS UP FOR ADOPTION! PETA NAMES GREYHOUND IN PREMIER'S HONOUR 2016-08-23T20:44:25Z mike-baird-is-up-for-adoption-peta-names-greyhound-in-premier-s-honour-1 For Immediate Release: 24 August 2016 Contact: Laura Weyman-Jones 0415 889 419; Ashley Fruno +852 6718 4282 (Hong Kong); MIKE BAIRD IS UP FOR ADOPTION! PETA NAMES GREYHOUND IN PREMIER'S HONOUR Group Thanks Premier Baird for Racing Ban With Namesake Pup Sydney – In the wake of the Parliament of New South Wales' historic decision to end greyhound racing in the state, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has sponsored and named a dog after Premier Mike Baird. Last night’s vote to pass the legislation through the lower house means anyone who conducts greyhound races in the state after July 2017 could face a year in jail. Three-year-old Mike the dog (photo available here) recently arrived at Friends of the Hound in Newcastle after being surrendered by a local racing owner. "Not unlike Mike Baird the politician, Mike Baird the dog loves a bit of exercise as well as spending time on the couch watching The Bachelor", says Friends of the Hound volunteer Kay Mills. "After spending the past three years running for his life, he deserves a loving home and family." New South Wales joins a list of governments around the world that have banned greyhound racing. In the industry, greyhounds are "discarded" once they're deemed too old, slow, or injured to race profitably. "Thanks to the Baird government, tens of thousands of dogs' lives will be saved", says PETA Australia Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. "But the responsibility does not rest solely with policymakers, as everyone can do their part to ensure dogs like Mike finally get the life they deserve." PETA encourages all prospective dog guardians to adopt from an animal shelter instead of buying from pet stores or breeders. For more information about adopting Mike, go to or Interview Offer: vegetarian eating up 30 per cent in NSW 2016-08-16T21:45:03Z interview-offer-vegetarian-eating-up-30-per-cent-in-nsw Have you noticed that more and more people you know have stopped eating meat? The official numbers are in: during the past four years, vegetarian eating has boomed in Australia – and especially in New South Wales, where it has jumped more than 30 per cent. A poll released this week by Roy Morgan revealed that between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australian adults who eat "all or almost all vegetarian" foods rose from 1.7 million people (9.7 per cent of the population) to almost 2.1 million (11.2 per cent) – and vegetarian eating in New South Wales rose from 9.5 per cent to 12.4 per cent! Researchers also found that while more than 60.7 per cent of Australian adults are overweight or obese, the same is true for only 45.4 per cent of vegetarians, who tend to have a lower body mass index. And it seems that word is spreading about the health benefits associated with giving meat the chop, as more than half (53.4 per cent) of Aussies agree that they're "eating less red meat these days". Besides a slimmer waistline, there are many other benefits to eating vegetarian. Meat has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and the World Health Organisation has classified processed meat as carcinogenic and red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans. In addition to being bad for our health, animal agriculture is a leading contributor to "the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global", according to the United Nations, which has also said that a global shift towards vegan eating is vital to combat the worst effects of climate change. And of course, there's the inexcusable suffering endured by the 600 million animals who are killed annually in Australia for their flesh. We'd be happy to arrange for a spokesperson to talk with you about the rise of vegetarian eating in Australia, so please let me know if you're interested. Warm regards, Laura Weyman-Jones Press Officer PETA Australia 0415 889 419 Lucerne a stand-out performer for grazing tolerance 2016-08-16T02:00:46Z lucerne-a-stand-out-performer-for-grazing-tolerance PGG Wrightson Seeds Stamina® GT5 has emerged from long testing processes, both locally and internationally, as a standout performer delivering excellent persistency, acceptable winter dormancy, strong pest and disease resistance, and yields equal to the best standard cultivars. James Sewell, PGG Wrightson Seeds Research and Development Manager, says that there are a lot of lucerne products that claim to be ‘grazing tolerant’ but the fact is not many have been tested under the internationally recognised ‘Standard Test Protocol’ in the same way Stamina GT5 has. “The results of this rigorous testing, along with the subsequent trials and published literature clearly show that Stamina GT5 is one of the best lucernes for grazing tolerance,” said James. South-west NSW producers Steve and Genevieve Affleck, turned to Stamina GT5 four years ago to improve their prime lamb production and haven’t looked back. “What started out as an experiment across five hectares of our property in Wombat, has genuinely paid off,” says Steve. “We started using Stamina GT5 four years ago when we needed to improve our pastures for persistency and to establish a high tolerance to grazing. Stamina GT5 lucerne has certainly delivered that.” The husband and wife team run a first cross ewe enterprise with some composites. Running two lambing seasons; in autumn and spring annually meant they needed consistent feed throughout the year. “Our biggest issue for pasture management is the region’s dry summers and wet winters. Here like most of NSW once the real summer bites a lot of your grasses are just useless. This is when the persistence of Stamina GT5 comes into its own,” says Steve. “Stamina GT5 has been a great way to help bridge the gap in the feed when other grasses and clovers are not available,” he said. Initially, Steve and Genevieve trialled dual pasture options on their property. The first, a pure lucerne stand that comprised 5ha of Stamina GT5 lucerne sown in the autumn four years ago. This was sown at 12kg/ha and was primarily for finishing lambs. Another 10ha was sown in 2015, and a further 15ha this year in 2016. The second was a pasture mix incorporating Stamina GT5 lucerne (3kg/ha), sub clover (2kg/ha), tall fescue (3kg/ha) and phalaris (2kg/ha). Steve sowed 10ha in 2015, primarily for his joined ewes and to provide high-quality feed during lambing. Both pastures were sown using a small air-seeder with a five-inch spacing to keep plant population dense per square metre, and to have a high level of ground cover. “It’s only a very small spacing but the resulting ground coverage and grazing tolerance in both pasture options have been exceptional,” Steve says. “We are lucky if we give the stand two weeks’ rest between grazing. It’s still really thick and dense. We wouldn’t have lost more than 2% coverage even after four years of hard grazing and we have had no issues with pests in the pure Stamina GT5 lucerne stand.” Sheep performance is another area Steve and Genevieve have experienced outstanding results. Steve said: “On the 5ha of pure Stamina GT5 lucerne stand, we turned off more than 400 lambs in the last year, while the same area carried up to 20 lambs/ha at any one time.” He added that lambs also gained an extra 2kg of weight and turned off two weeks earlier than lambs that were finished on oats. “We found that finishing on the Stamina GT5 lucerne actually gets better quality lambs quicker than having them on grazing oats. That’s why we’re pushing now to put so much Stamina GT5 in. It just gives us that flexibility with a quality feed and the sheep perform well on it.” Steve and Genevieve are also upbeat about hay harvested from the Stamina GT5 lucerne. “With our last cut we averaged nine five-foot-round bales/ha of excellent quality hay,” said Steve. “We had just sold the lambs and thought, we’ll lock it up and see what it does. After some timely rain, it took off and we decided to cut it for hay. The sheep eat the lot so it’s beautiful hay, it really is and it retains its leaf really well,” Steve added. James said: “it’s great to see Steve and Genevieve achieving such excellent yield and quality over the warmer months with Stamina GT5.” “It demonstrates that maintaining stand density, improved persistence, quality and yield can be achieved in lucerne cultivars that have been selected for grazing tolerant characteristics.” James explained that unlike Stamina GT5, many cultivars have not been subjected to the standard test protocols under the harsh Australian conditions and as such, producers should be cautious when assessing and purchasing cultivars claiming grazing tolerance. “If this claim is made, it is strongly recommended that producers request evidence and data to prove that it was run according to the industry standard test protocol,” he said. For more information on how Stamina GT5 grazing tolerant lucerne can improve your farm grazing productivity and profitability, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds Sales Agronomist as listed at ENDS. Media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 New maize silage hybrid delivers exceptional production yield for dairy farmers 2016-08-10T02:30:18Z new-maize-silage-hybrid-delivers-exceptional-production-yield-for-dairy-farmers Z71-F1 is an exciting new addition to the PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Corson Maize Seed silage range that can help farmers boost their productivity and profitability where a full season hybrid is appropriate. Northern Victorian maize grower Adam Whipp says people are now chasing Corson Maize Z71-F1 because it brings a wider harvest window, greater yield and higher profit. “Corson Maize Z71-F1 interested me because it promised above average early-growth, a tall and bulky plant with large cobs, as well as superior stay green attributes, and it delivered,” said Adam. Yields from the Corson Maize Z71-F1 were around 25 tonne/ha, an extra 5 tonne/ha increase from the traditional maize varieties on his farm. “That extra five tonne a hectare makes a big difference in terms of profit,” Adam says. Located in the heart of dairy country, west of Shepparton, at Nanneella, Adam Whipp runs a 100ha property where maize is a big part of his annual crop rotation. “Generally, I’ll grow shaftal clover for the winter from April to November, then I’ll sow maize at the end of November,” Adam says. However, increasing water costs and reduced allocations left Adam searching for a higher yielding maize silage that could offset this increasing cost. Working with his local agronomist, Adam initially sowed Corson Maize Z71-F1 as a “trial” but says it performed that well he’s made it a permanent part of his crop rotation system. “The Corson Maize Z71-F1 grew a metre taller than the other variety of maize I normally grow and has 11-12 leaves on the plant above the corn cob, compared to the standard variety which has about six leaves above the corn cob,” says Adam. “It also has a stay green gene in it and it does stay greener, so when you go to chop it, it doesn’t dry off like the other varieties. The other varieties go brown very quick but this one hung on pretty well,” Adam explained. In preparation for planting, Adam first cut the shaftal hay, then ran over the area with a disc plough, before pre-irrigating, adding a broadcast based fertiliser and incorporating it with a grader board. Five days later, Adam planted the Corson Maize Z71-F1 at 85,000 seeds/ha to a depth of 2.5 inches, and also added 50 litres/ha of liquid starter fertiliser. Adam said for this crop he used around seven megalitres/ha of water through the growing period and deployed 300 litres/ha of liquid fertiliser that he applied with a water applicator so that it “dribbled into the irrigation channel and gave the soil a nitrogen boost.” Adam said: “Corson Maize Z71-F1 is at least 10% better than the other varieties I have grown.” Feed testing on the Corson Maize Z71-F1 also showed good nutrition results, especially the starch levels and these results were supported by local dairy farmers, who Adam sold his harvested crop too. “I would definitely recommend Corson Maize Z71-F1 to other growers and to dairy farmers as a quality supplement to their pasture-based systems,” he said. PGG Wrightson Seeds Product Development Manager, Kelly Burke says Corson Maize Z71-F1 has a high grain content and above average whole plant digestibility and is suitable for warmer regions where early planting is possible. “It is ideally suited to contract silage production, targeting high yields and quality silage. Dairy farmers, in particular, can take advantage of its performance by planting early at run-off,” Kelly added. For more information on how Corson Maize Z71-F1 can improve your silage production, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Sales Agronomist as listed at Ends. For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 Ahura Resorts Fiji Leads Rare Iguana Rescue & Research Program 2016-06-27T04:53:06Z ahura-resorts-fiji-leads-rare-iguana-rescue-amp-research-program Ahura Resorts are delighted to announce the arrival of a research specialist to Malolo Island to undertake an analytical survey of the island's rare and endangered iguana population.   Adam Clause from The University of Georgia (USA) is undertaking this exciting three month research project based at Likuliku Lagoon Resort that will include surveying, DNA testing and the electronic tagging and releasing of iguanas. His work will also include a detailed analysis of the tropical dry forest areas that are classified as one of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet.   This incredible journey of discovery would not be where it is today without the support and enthusiasm of Steve Anstey, Group General Manager, Ahura Resorts.     “As a resort company operating in a pristine, sensitive environment such as ours, with ocean and coral reefs on one side and land flora and fauna on the other, we fully recognize the importance of sustainable tourism and believe that development in such areas carries both a legal and moral responsibility to ensure our environment is not degraded through irresponsible activities and practices” comments Steve.   “Our aim is to not only minimize our impact on the extraordinary nature that surrounds us but also, through a range of activities, programs and initiatives, to improve and enhance the environment for challenged species and future generations. The significant work we have done to date with the iguanas and now the launch of Adam's research project demonstrates our serious commitment”   Adam's scope of work will include training of Ahura staff as their support, understanding and engagement is vital to the future of this program. He will also develop a tropical dry forest restoration plan for Ahura Resorts, as well as undertake Fijian crested iguana surveys to estimate their population size and distribution across the Ahura resort leases and surrounds. “This project is a fantastic example of integrative conservation and I’m thrilled to be a contributor. The warm and productive collaboration between the US Geological Survey, San Diego Zoo Global, Mamanuca Environment Society, Taronga Zoo and of course Ahura Resorts has brought a stimulating diversity of expertise and a new focus on Fijian crested iguana conservation on Malolo Levu. This is exactly the sort of work I’ve wanted to do all my life!” comments researcher Adam Clause.   The Journey – A Disappearing Species – The Discovery – The Sanctuary The Malolo Island Iguanas are of the crested variety Brachylophus vitiensis and were considered extinct until 2010 when an injured one was discovered at Likuliku Lagoon Resort. It was sent to Kula Park on the main island for care but unfortunately died shortly after arrival. The curator of Kula Park advised visiting researchers Robert Fisher of the US Geological Survey and Peter Harlow of Taronga Zoo of the find and they took the iguana to Suva where it is now a part of the University of South Pacific vertebrate collection. A tissue sample was taken and sent to San Diego Zoo for DNA analysis. There was bittersweet excitement when six weeks later the results indicated it was a species thought to be extinct. Fortunately, three months later another junior iguana was found at Malolo Island Resort and then a second at Likuliku Lagoon Resort. Others have since been found and seven are now held in captivity at Likuliku Lagoon Resort for research and breeding purposes. Despite these rare, ad-hoc finds that clearly indicate a small iguana presence in the area, the early surveys undertaken to find more failed to produce sightings in their natural habitat. Working closely with researchers from the US Geological Survey, Taronga Zoo and San Diego Zoo Global, immediate steps were taken by Ahura Resorts to identify the major threats that may be affecting the iguana population.  The first item on the agenda was to control the feral cat and rat populations and secondly to introduce an ongoing tropical dry forest reforestation program on the resort leases. In June 2015, three years after these programs were implemented, a survey of the tropical dry forest areas revealed six new iguanas. Much to everyone's excitement, it appears that the programs have made a positive impact. Two of the six iguanas were captured, DNA samples taken and then tagged and released back into their natural habitat. It is hoped that the next survey will show continued success of the programs and a further increase in the iguana population. The preservation of the iguanas and the tropical dry forest vegetation on Likuliku Lagoon Resort and Malolo Resort leases is an ongoing environmental initiative of Ahura Resorts in partnership with US Geological Survey, Taronga Zoo, San Diego Zoo Global and the Mamanuca Environmental Society. ENDS Ahura was an ancient god of creations who symbolised life, kindness, equality, care of the environment, charity, loyalty and faithfulness to settlement, tribe and county. The omnipresent sun was an enduring symbol of radiance, purity and life sustenance.  Today, Ahura Resorts embodies these same values.  As a 100% Fijian-owned company, with over 30 years experience in tourism and hospitality throughout the Pacific, Ahura is dedicated to providing quality holiday and lifestyle experiences while preserving cultural values and the surrounding environment.  Ahura is the management company operating one of Fiji’s most popular and well-known resorts - Malolo Island Fiji, and the luxury escape for couples which features Fiji’s first and only over-water bures - Likuliku Lagoon Resort.  Experience the Warm Heart of Fiji with Ahura Resorts.  www.ahuraresorts.comFor further information – Please contact Tracey Leitch – Impressions PR – 0415 290023 More shots are available upon request. Australian Golden Retriever now UK bestselling crime author 2015-11-24T04:02:57Z australian-golden-retriever-now-uk-bestselling-crime-author Monty Dog Detective is the Australian Golden Retriever who is rocketing up UK bestseller lists with his debut crime novel Monty & Me to be published in Australia for Christmas on 1 December by HarperCollins (Hardcover $22.99, eBook $4.99). The book is co-written with two-legged, canine linguistics translator, Louisa Bennet a.k.a Australian thriller writer L.A. Larkin. The funny mystery novel is attracting critical acclaim, described as “charming and uplifting” by UK Sunday Times’ number one bestselling crime author, Peter James. Now, fans can watch Monty Dog Detective go on his first author tour, with a host of appearances. Have a chuckle! Like and share, if you enjoy. #montyandme Facebook Monty DogDetective Twitter @MontyDogD Remember this holiday season #AdoptDontShop Monty Dog Detective and Louisa Bennet are available for interview. Want to be involved in the next Monty Dog Detective video? Contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | E Monty Dog Detective - Bestselling Golden Retriever at his First Book Signing Monty Dog Detective - What Could Possibly Go Wrong Filming Dogs Monty Dog Detective - Dog Does Radio Interview Monty Dog Detective - Clever Dog Wows Readers at Bookshop Why did successful thriller author L.A. Larkin turn her hand to writing a funny mystery with a dog as the central character? Louisa Bennet’s personal goal behind the Monty & Me and videos is to provide a platform to advocate for rescue dogs and help put an end to puppy farming. ‘Humour is a great way to touch on difficult and emotive subjects in a way that’s entertaining and poignant. If readers and social media friends engage with Monty, the dog hero in the book, they’re engaging with a dog that’s rescued from the pound and adopted by a young detective. A positive message.’ Louisa has two Golden Retrievers. Pickles is the inspiration for the character of Monty and came from a breeder she thoroughly checked out, meeting the dog’s parents and checking out their living conditions and health. Lilly is a rescued dog from Golden Retriever Rescue NSW. ‘If you’re thinking of buying a puppy for Christmas, please don’t buy one from a pet shop or online. You have no idea what conditions the dog’s parents live in or if they have health issues that have been passed onto the pups. The RSPCA estimates that 95% of dogs sold in pet shops come from puppy farms and backyard breeders.’ Kindest Emma Veterans Week Family Fun Day 2015-09-29T01:58:53Z veterans-week-family-fun-day Veterans Health Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Sunday 11th October 11:00am – 17:00 Semaphore Foreshore + Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road Cost free / donations Veterans Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Event Summary  Veterans’ Health Week Family Day will kick-off around 11am with a day of Fun, free and ticketed family entertainment. Families can enjoy carousel rides, inflatable games, a petting zoo, Face Painter, ARMY Display, Music, Activity games, and much more!  Many activities are free, some activities require a $2 donation and some are at cost. Pack your Picnic Rug and chairs, bring your own picnic or something from one of the nearby café’s and takeaways. There is also a BBQ Lunch which will be served from 12pm thanks to the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Stick around for a Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) at 4:00pm at the nearby Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Were all the Raffles and Prizes will be given out. Detailed list of activities: Petting Zoo free 11 – 3pm Inflatable Bounce free 11 – 1pm $2 Donation 1 – 3pm Carousel Rides free 11 – 1pm at Cost 1 – 3pm Mini Games and Races free 130 – 3pm Musician free 1pm Information Stands / Displays free 11 – 3pm o    ADF / Army o    DCO – Defence Community Organisation  Soldier On DVA – Department of Veterans’ Affairs Defence Shed / Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) free 4:00pm – 530pm  Musician free 530pm-7pm Family Fun Day is for Young Veterans’ / Current Serving ADF Personnel and their Families, Older Veterans and their Grand Children to enjoy time out together. Family Fun Day will take place down on the grass area on the Semaphore foreshore. The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed Wellness Holidays for Animal Lovers 2015-06-10T22:38:34Z wellness-holidays-for-animal-lovers Helping animal lovers get closer to nature whilst using their precious holiday time to enhance their well-being, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in wellness holidays worldwide, share their inspired collection of wellness holidays for animal lovers. From a wellness spa safari in South Africa, to an active horse riding escape in Utah’s Red Mountains, holidaymakers will love combining the experience of unforgettable animal encounters with revitalising wellness activities. In between animal encounters, keep active or relax and rejuvenate at these healthy retreats with a vast array of spa treatments, wellness activities and fitness classes. Offering everything from yoga and meditation to cycling and surfing, these inspiring wellness holidays for animal lovers are designed to keep you fit and healthy whilst traveling the world in search of your favourite furry and feathered friends. Safari in South Africa: Karkloof Safari Spa Passionate about the conservation of South Africa’s natural wildlife, encounter stunning wildlife at this luxury spa safari retreat, set within a 3,500 hectare reserve. Get up close and personal with South Africa’s stunning wildlife, including white rhino, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and monkeys, whilst satisfying your twitching needs spotting flocks of ostrich and hearing the inspiring song of the African fish eagle. Ideal for a luxury spa holiday, relax and unwind after an exhilarating day with unlimited treatments in the award-winning spa. Dolphin Spotting in Portugal: Galo Resort Experience a magical marine encounter dolphin spotting at this luxury wellness retreat on the South East coast of Madeira. With large schools of dolphins swimming the waters of the Mid-Atlantic throughout the year, climb aboard and witness the beauty of wild dolphins in their natural habitat as they play amongst the waves. Whales also frequent these waters and may grace you with a once in a lifetime sighting. Complement this holiday experience with a variety of wellness activities at this luxury retreat, whether perfecting your yoga or unwinding with rejuvenating Ayurveda spa treatments. Tropical Wildlife in Central America: Costa Rica Discover Recover Explore one of the world’s most richly bio-diverse environments in tropical Costa Rica, the ideal destination for an adventure holiday. Zipline through the forest canopy surrounded by the unforgettable call of howler monkeys, before spotting iguanas, toucans, sloths, butterflies and hummingbirds on a jungle crocodile safari tour or Veragua rainforest park tour. Mix things up with a cultural coffee plantation tour, a San Jose city tour, or revive at Volcan Arenal’s hot springs and enjoy dinner with a view of the glowing volcano. Recover from your adventures at your luxury wellness retreat, with spa treatments, reviving surfing and calming yoga. Horse Riding in Utah: Red Mountain Resort Set in America’s infamous ‘Wild West’ explore the sublime views of Utah’s natural Red Mountain range on horseback. Enrich your health and fitness as you follow your love of horse riding by traversing through the scenic Snow Canyon State Park on these magnificent pedigree horses. Out of the saddle, keep active with daily hikes and a variety of fitness activities, from rock climbing to bootcamp training and kayaking to kickboxing. Soothe aching muscles after a busy day with yoga or Tai Chi, before indulging with a rejuvenating spa massage. Scuba Diving in the Maldives: Maalifushi Learn to dive and gain PADI certification in one of the world’s best diving destinations, on this luxury wellness holiday for marine life lovers.  Dive in and explore the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean, boasting an abundance of marine life; including whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and beautifully vibrant corals and schools of fish. Make a splash above the water with a surfing lesson, before rejuvenating after a day in the ocean with luxurious spa treatments or complimentary yoga classes in the open-air yoga pavilion. Camel Riding in Morocco: Paradis Plage If you’ve already got the t-shirt for horse riding on holiday, spice things up on your next wellness holiday with a camel ride across the beaches of Morocco. Experience the ultimate in dessert transportation and cruise along the beautiful golden sands of Agadir on a camel. With an oceanfront yoga pavilion and three scheduled group yoga classes a day, Paradis Plage is the ideal beach retreat for a spa, surf and holiday. Make the most of your surroundings with activities from surfing, to mountain biking and nature walks. Meet Rescued Animals in Thailand: Thailand Discover Recover Discover a humbling holiday experience by meeting over 400 rescued animals at the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre in Thailand. From orphaned baby monkeys to injured lorises and civets, help out by giving a rescued elephant a shower and learn how the work of the trust is helping Thailand’s most beautiful and endangered creatures. From Health and Fitness Travel’s exclusive Discover Recover collection, explore Thailand’s cultural surroundings on a temple tour or visit to the Damnern Saduak Floating Market, before taking part in a traditional Thai cooking class. Recover after an awe-inspiring few days, with luxurious spa treatments and complimentary fitness classes, at a choice of wellness retreats. For advice, guidance and booking visit or call 1300 551 353 Mutts and Muscles on Display to Help Dogs in Need 2015-06-07T22:56:15Z mutts-and-muscles-on-display-to-help-dogs-in-need The ultimate drool fest for dog-loving ladies will take place on June 12 when Chained Dog Awareness New Zealand (CDANZ) launches its inaugural ‘Hunks and Hounds’ fundraising calendar. The July 2015 to December 2016 calendar features tasteful black and white images of famous and everyday canine lovers, cosied up with dogs and puppies rescued by the charity organisation. Famous faces to grace the calendar pages include: musician Tiki Taane; Shortland Street actors Pua Magasiva, Jayden Daniel, Jarod Rawiri,Reuben Milner and Sam Bunkall; Almightly Johnsons actor Ben Barrington; Step Dave star Jono Keyton; Paralympic gold medallist Cameron Leslie, businessman Tenby Powell, professional boxer Shane Cameron and a host of other names. Amanda Fraser-Jones, CDANZ Trustee, says the calendar showcases the range of dogs the organisation has successfully rescued and rehomed, as well as those in need of fostering and adopting. “We’re beyond excited to have so many names supporting this cause and offering themselves up as models” says Fraser-Jones. “Just as our rescue dogs come in all shapes and sizes, so do hunky men! We’ve tried to reflect this in our calendar by matching our dogs and puppies with men from all walks of life.” Founded in 2001 by Christine Breen, the volunteer-run organisation want a law passed in New Zealand which bans the life-chaining of dogs. Fraser-Jones says the act of permanently tethering a dog is cruel and inhumane and until a law can be enforced, her organisation will continue to be inundated with work in rescuing mistreated dogs. “It’s heartbreaking to visit a property and see a dog chained to a post 24/7, covered in its own faeces and crying out for some kind of interaction or affection. You wouldn’t want to live like this – and neither should a dog.” The organisation offers support and education to owners willing to accept help, including assisting with desexing, training and other costs. If a dog does not receive proper care, or is seriously ill or harmed, the organisation encourages the owners to relinquish the dog into its care. Actor Ben Barrington, star of the calendar’s October page, says: “To condemn these intelligent, sociable and sensitive animals to an existence of solitude and neglect on the end of a chain is truly unacceptable. Life chaining is a brutal, cruel practice that mustn’t be tolerated in New Zealand...or anywhere.” All funds raised from the calendar will support CDANZ’s life-changing work. The calendar goes on sale on Friday June 12 and can be purchased online via or by email to For more information about fostering, adopting, volunteering or donating, visit: Launch event A special launch event will take place on Friday June 12, at Aotea Square in Auckland, from 12 – 2pm. Members of the public are encouraged to come along to meet some of the calendar’s hunks and hounds - including musician Tiki Taane. Calendars will be on sale at the launch. Tiki Taane and Haylee, pictured above. Please contact Terri Heard at to obtain high res images from the calendar or ‘before and after’ images of CDANZ rescue dogs.