The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-25T06:00:03Z Impact Innovation takes Nexgen Plants to Israel 2017-07-25T06:00:03Z impact-innovation-takes-nexgen-plants-to-israel Nexgen Plants, the University of Queensland startup developing a rapid response to improve crop production and save the world’s value-rich crops from devastating diseases, will join an official delegation visiting Israel between 5-14 August, funded by the $420 million whole-of-government Advance Queensland initiative. Impact Innovation Group helped form the company in 2013, with raising $2M to commercialise a new non-GM technology that confers a range of disease resistance, production and consumer traits to economically important crops like potatoes and rice. Impact Innovation’s managing director, Brian Ruddle, will represent Nexgen Plants in his capacity as the agtech company’s CEO. Mr Ruddle said he was looking forward to pursuing new commercialisation and investment opportunities for Nexgen and other agtech startups in his company’s portfolio. “Nexgen’s platform technologies can enhance the value from crop production and prevent crop viruses from wiping out the food supplies of millions of people and damaging the local economies of agriculture-dependent communities around the world. “Professor Peer Schenk and his research team have achieved a great deal with the financial support of early stage investors, confirming that Nexgen Plants could dramatically change plant breeding and disease management to feed a hungry world. “Now we’re pursuing investment and collaboration for further R&D to incorporate economically important traits into elite varieties so we can accelerate commercialisation and see this technology available to growers within two years,” Mr Ruddle said. Providing experienced senior executive managers to lead startups like Nexgen Plants is one way that Impact Innovation enables early stage ventures to kick big goals quickly without cash-burning overheads. “They need specialist management – different expertise at different stages and the right skills at the right time to overcome the ‘roadblocks’ to success,” said Mr Ruddle. “For discovery-based startups, this means the founders can focus on the what they do best – the R&D – while we manage what’s needed to get the ideas to market.” The Queensland Government has partnered with Startup Catalyst and Austrade to coordinate and fund the mission through Austrade’s Tel Aviv Landing Pad, an Australian Government initiative to open markets for Australian startup businesses. The delegation’s week in Israel will be based in SOSA (South of Salame), which is a community of prominent venture capital investors. Innovation Minister Leeanne Enoch said “Israel consistently ranks highly on innovation and entrepreneurship, and is frequently referred to as the ‘startup nation’. We want to expose our businesses to their practices and learn as much as we can from them.” About Nexgen Plants www.nexgenplants.com Nexgen Plants is an emerging plant trait company geared to transform food, fibre and energy production. Our technologies can prevent crop viruses from wiping out the food supplies and crop-derived incomes of millions of people around the world; and introduce pathogen resistance, production, and consumer traits into economically important crops to boost quality and reduce waste. Spun out from The University of Queensland and based on the research of Professor Peer Schenk’s team, Nexgen is developing microRNA-based solutions that will help agriculture-dependent communities around the world recover faster from outbreaks of devastating crop viruses. The company is also commercialising a novel non-GM approach to introducing key traits into economically important crops. Both trait strategies are ready for licence and collaborative R&D. Agriculture is the largest industry in the world, employing some 40% of its population. Our technologies offer farmers the potential for improved yields and the means to manage pressure from emerging pathogens. Nexgen techniques have been applied successfully to major crops, including tomato, potato, sorghum and rice, with work now commencing on a range of other annual and perennial crops. Women – the new face of forest management 2017-07-10T00:09:44Z women-the-new-face-of-forest-management Today’s face of a professional forest manager is unlikely to be a rugged bearded bush-man type but is much more likely to be a very technologically savvy female who is a skilled communicator, business analyst and people manager. Since the 1970’s when university graduating classes in forestry contained 1 or 2 women (< 5% of the total class) the number of women studying forestry has gradually increased to today where about two-thirds of all students enrolled in Forestry education undergraduate and post-graduate degree courses are women. Three of the key-note speakers at the IFA conference on Tropical Forestry: Innovation and Change in the Asia Pacific Region are women and nearly a quarter of the 84 papers being presented at the conference are from professional women. Chair of the Conference organising committee Dr Kevin Harding said; ‘It is very pleasing to see the very large contribution of women to this IFA conference; from active roles in planning and delivering the conference to presenting papers covering the spectrum of the diverse range of topics being covered. ‘Although the history of the male-dominated forestry profession still means that many of our current senior leaders and very experienced speakers are male I expect that this will change rapidly over the coming decade as more and more highly skilled women emerge from the professional ranks of forestry and will dominate both the Institute organisation and the conference program at future conferences. ‘Our female speakers range from world recognised University, CSIRO and Australian Institute of Marine Science researchers to international trade and investment managers, forestry consultants, bush fire and carbon sequestration management experts, to community and small-scale forestry project managers from many parts of the world. The contribution that women are making to the Forestry profession reflects a huge diversity in skills and experience and brings new perspectives’, said Kevin. http://www.ifa.consec.com.au/register.html   Australian beef producer, Jack's Creek win World's Best Fillet Steak Award at World Steak Challenge! 2017-07-05T01:41:20Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-win-world-s-best-fillet-steak-award-at-world-steak-challenge Jack’s Creek win World’s Best Fillet Steak Award at World Steak Challenge 2017! Family-run Australian beef producer, Jack’s Creek has won the World's Best Fillet Steak producer accolade at the World Steak Challenge in London last night; the third time in a row that the producer has been the recipient of a top award at the competition. The competition was bigger and tougher than ever with 17 countries and over 100 entries from the world’s top beef producers. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Fillet. Jack’s Creek also won a Gold medal for its Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Striploin and a Silver Medal for its Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Rib Eye. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's Creek commented, “I am delighted with the outcome this year. We spent a considerable amount of time selecting our entries alongside our German distributor, Albers Food, who this year came to our farm in Tamworth, Australia to assist in the selection process for our Wagyu entries. With added categories, their input was very valuable!” “A third consecutive set of Gold and Silver medals, as well as the World’s Best Fillet Steak award confirms that we are producing a consistent, high quality product and I am very proud of the business we have created. As I always say, this is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” Chair of judges Marco Peerdeman said, “We focused on how the steaks taste, taking into account their tenderness. Those that got it right jumped out at you. The steaks were definitely high this year! It’s interesting for us with the different categories as different cuts have different qualities so we had to take that into account.” Rod Addy, editor of GlobalMeatNews, said: “The sheer range and quality of entries this year is a testament to the hard work put in by producers across the globe. This year’s Challenge has attracted a record number of entries, reflecting the pride producers take in their products and the eagerness to win an accolade, which will propel their business and their brand.” Jack’s Creek’s award-winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, BLACK Bar & Grill, 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 BLACK Bar & Grill Executive Chef, Dany Karam said, “When I heard the prized sirloin from Jack’s Creek was named the World’s Best Steak, I knew I had to have it. We smoke it over our signature cherry wood ash before cooking it on the iron bark grill and serving it medium to bring out the tender flavour and succulent texture. Our customers absolutely love it.” www.jackscreek.com.au 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. Bundaberg Technology Park one of Queensland's largest industrial sales 2017-06-08T06:07:48Z bundaberg-technology-park-one-of-queensland-s-largest-industrial-sales The Partners of Bundaberg Technology Park (BTP) and the Board of Superior Pak Pty Ltd (SPak) are pleased to announce the sale of the Bundaberg Technology Park infrastructure and some adjoining land to Superior Pak.  The BTP Partners, a group of local business leaders, are delighted that they have achieved their primary objectives of keeping Bundaberg manufacturing jobs in Bundaberg and bringing a significant new manufacturing business to the city. The BTP Partners purchased the property, as empty sheds, from Case New Holland in 2004. SPak now employs approximately 150 local skilled employees. Along the way, the BTP Partners and management have developed a new company, Canetec Pty Ltd which has developed an exciting new range of sugar cane harvesters and planters which are now exported to many cane-producing countries. After two seasons of testing and demonstrating a new model harvester Canetec will hit the Australian industry this year with its initial sale to the local Bundaberg Greensill Group. Canetec will now lease part of the BTP facility from SPak. SPak Director, Rob Wrigley commented that SPak has made a significant investment in purchasing the property. "Since moving from Brisbane to commence our manufacturing operations at the Park in 2004, we have continued to invest in the business and the community as we have been delighted by the local support and exceptional employee commitment to the business. The productivity of our Bundaberg team exceeds our expectations" Rob commented. "We have plans to grow the business in Bundaberg as we continue to roll out our sales and marketing program throughout Australia" Rob added. The sale has now been finalised and SPak took possession of the Park on 19 May 2017. Some adjoining industrial land could now be marketed to encourage other new employment generating industries to establish in Bundaberg. The private sale is one of the largest industrial complex sales in Regional Queensland, being approximately 20,000m2 of enclosed buildings and 13ha of industrial land. Root Vegetables Ebook 2017-06-07T04:47:05Z root-vegetables-ebook ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new ebook- Root Vegetables. Root vegetables from potatoes to taro and yams, are one of the most important food crops in many parts of the world. This book may surprise you as it explores not only the root vegetables you are probably familiar with, but also ones you might not have even encountered before. This is a valuable and unique reference for anyone with an interest in vegetable growing, from the commercial grower and serious horticulture student to the home gardener seeking to try things in their home vegetable garden that they had not previously tried. This ebook covers the following chapters: Chapter 1 INTRODUCTION Chapter 2 POTATOES Chapter 3 CARROTS AND RELATED ROOT VEGETABLES Chapter 4 TURNIPS AND RELATIVES Chapter 5 BEETS Chapter 6 OTHER ROOT VEGETABLES   For more information on the Root Vegetables Ebook or to download, please visit our website: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-root-vegetables-ebook-6025.aspx ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new 20- hour short course on Land Degradation, Restoration and Management. 2017-06-06T04:17:06Z acs-distance-education-have-recently-written-and-released-a-new-20-hour-short-course-on-land-degradation-restoration-and-management ACS Releases New Short Course Land Degradation, Restoration and Management Short Course   Our 20 hour courses are a great way to get a snapshot of a topic and start to get an understanding of the area in your own time. Sustainable land management is the key to preserving our natural resources in a healthy state for the enjoyment of all - for cultural, social, and recreational pursuits as well as for agricultural and other commercial uses, now and into the future. Where land has been degraded or its use is not sustainable, rehabilitation is required to improve or restore the land to good health and ensure future sustainability. This course covers seven lessons including the scope and nature of land management, land degradation and rehabilitation, managing soils, managing water, managing plants, managing animal populations, maintenance and natural regeneration.  This course covers the following lessons: LESSON 1 SCOPE AND NATURE OF LAND MANAGEMENT LESSON 2 LAND DEGRADATION & REHABILITATION LESSON 3 MANAGING SOILS LESSON 4 MANAGING WATER LESSON 5 MANAGING PLANTS LESSON 6 MANAGING ANIMAL POPULATIONS LESSON 7 AFTERWARDS Students can enrol into our course at any time and courses are self paced with tutor support available when needed. For more information on the Land Degradation, Restoration and Management course, please visit our website: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-land-degradation-restoration-and-management-short-course-6024.aspx Local farmers learn from insurance experts 2017-05-29T06:44:12Z local-farmers-learn-from-insurance-experts-1 Local farmers welcomed an opportunity to increase their knowledge of on-farm liability responsibilities during a presentation by Sydney litigation expert, John Van de Poll in Leongatha, Warragul and Shepparton this week. Organised by Achmea Australia, the free event offered attendees a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from an insurance law specialist. “John has over 20 years’ experience as a litigator specialising in all areas of insurance and has managed a significant number of large rural litigation matters,” said Achmea Australia Regional Manager, Karen Kenny. “He was a very personable and engaging speaker and I have no doubt attendees went away with a better understanding of what their obligations are following his presentation – ‘Quad bikes and escaping stock’.” Local farmer Brian Kelly said he found the event extremely informative. “It was good to get some clarity around liability issues that confront us every day like stock on roads, quad bikes and employees or contractors on our farm”, said Brian. Shepparton-based Achmea Australia Risk Specialist, Kieran Kelly said the focus of the event was to improve their clients understanding of on-farm liability. “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 was 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 left with some practical ideas for developing their own strategy for mitigating risks on-farm.” Karen Kenny said Achmea Australia hosted three events throughout regional Victoria. “Achmea Australia is a relatively new insurer of Australia’s farming sector but we have over 200 years of experience at helping farmers prevent, manage, and cover risk, with more than 13 million customers worldwide,” Karen explained. “Organising John to speak and meet local farmers in Leongatha, Warragul and Shepparton is our way of supporting our clients to reduce their risk and keep farming, no matter what.” - End - Photo caption: John Van de Poll delivering a Farm Liability presentation in Shepparton Media Contact Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications T: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au About Achmea Australia Achmea Australia is a dedicated agricultural insurance company committed to helping its clients identify, reduce and manage risks. 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 Local farmers learn from insurance experts 2017-05-29T06:37:53Z local-farmers-learn-from-insurance-experts Local farmers welcomed an opportunity to increase their knowledge of on-farm liability responsibilities during a presentation by Sydney litigation expert, John Van de Poll in Leongatha, Warragul and Shepparton this week. Organised by Achmea Australia, the free event offered attendees a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from an insurance law specialist. “John has over 20 years’ experience as a litigator specialising in all areas of insurance and has managed a significant number of large rural litigation matters,” said Achmea Australia Regional Manager, Karen Kenny. “He was a very personable and engaging speaker and I have no doubt attendees went away with a better understanding of what their obligations are following his presentation – ‘Quad bikes and escaping stock’.” Local farmer Brian Kelly said he found the event extremely informative. “It was good to get some clarity around liability issues that confront us every day like stock on roads, quad bikes and employees or contractors on our farm”, said Brian. Leongatha-based Achmea Australia Risk Specialist, David Ross said the focus of the event was to improve their clients understanding of on-farm liability. “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 was a real coup to have someone with his expertise visiting the area,” David explained. “John is a very well respected and experienced litigator and I believe all attendees left with some practical ideas for developing their own strategy for mitigating risks on-farm.” Karen Kenny said Achmea Australia hosted three events throughout regional Victoria. “Achmea Australia is a relatively new insurer of Australia’s farming sector but we have over 200 years of experience at helping farmers prevent, manage, and cover risk, with more than 13 million customers worldwide,” Karen explained. “Organising John to speak and meet local farmers in Leongatha, Warragul and Shepparton is our way of supporting our clients to reduce their risk and keep farming, no matter what.” - End - Photo caption: John Van de Poll delivering a Farm Liability presentation in Shepparton Media Contact Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications T: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au About Achmea Australia Achmea Australia is a dedicated agricultural insurance company committed to helping its clients identify, reduce and manage risks. 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 ACS Releases New Short Course- Animal Health & Welfare 2017-05-22T05:31:11Z acs-releases-new-short-course-animal-health-amp-welfare ACS Releases New Short Course- Animal Health & Welfare ACS Distance Education have recently written and released a new 20- hour course aimed at people who work with animals, care for animals or are undertaking studies in animal care. Caring for animals properly starts with knowledge and awareness of the animal’s needs, and things that can threaten the animal’s wellbeing. This course can provide a very solid introduction to understanding animal health and welfare for any situation. It is ideal for pet owners, it will empower you to make better decisions about caring for your pets, for anyone working on a farm or in a zoo or an animal health care setting, it will broaden and deepen an understanding of what is required in day to day work. This course will also help anyone aspiring to work with animals as it will improve their knowledge, expand their awareness of employment opportunities, and put themselves in a better position to seek employment working with animals. Here are some of the topics that are covered in this new course: Lesson 1 Introduction Lesson 2 Preventing disease and injury Lesson 3 Understanding & inspecting health issues Lesson 4 Animal first aid Lesson 5 Some common illnesses in animals A-F Lesson 6 Some common illnesses in animals G-N Lesson 7 Some common illnesses in animals O-Z  Students can enrol into our course at any time and courses are self-paced. For more information on the Animal Health & Welfare 20 hour short course, please visit our website: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-animal-health-and-welfare-short-course-6023.aspx 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. Carnivore Animals ebook out now 2017-05-04T01:36:13Z carnivore-animals-ebook-out-now Carnivore Animals ebook out now ACS Distance Education and John Mason have recently written a new ebook- Carnivore Animals. This ebook covers everything that you will need to know about Carnivore Animals. Carnivore animals are mammals of the Order Carnivora are taxonomically categorised and unique and differentiating biological characteristics are described for various groups. Learn about the physical characteristics and behaviours of different carnivores – what differentiates one group from another? What similarities do they possess? You will also learn about the origin and distribution of carnivores, threatening processes and the conservation of iconic carnivores.  In general, carnivores are animals that eat other animals; though there are plenty of exceptions to that fact. The Order Carnivora consists of at least 286 living species. The Order Carnivora evolved about 60 million years ago, from an ancestor that was a 1kg arboreal mammal that likely ate insects and smaller mammals. This ebook was written to provide inspiration and reference information to amateur and professional animal enthusiasts, and would be a valuable resource and source of information to students of zoology. The ebook covers the following chapters: Chapter 1 Introduction to Carnivore Taxonomy Chapter 2 Carnivore Biology and Behaviour Chapter 3 Canines Chapter 4 Felines Chapter 5 Bears Chapter 6 Aquatic Carnivores Chapter 7 Mustalids Chapter 8 Other Carnivores Chapter 9 Management of Captive Carnivores Chapter 10 Management of Wild Carnivores APPENDIX This ebook is now available for purchase for $32.95 including GST from our online bookshop and there is also a free sample available to have a look at: http://www.acsbookshop.com/product-carnivore-animals-ebook-6022.aspx   If you would like a review copy of this ebook, please contact sarah@acs.edu.au . 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 NSW Wine Industry Association - change in Executive Officer 2017-04-11T02:58:59Z nsw-wine-industry-association-change-in-executive-officer Stuart McGrath-Kerr will retire from his role as NSW Wine Industry Association Executive Officer at the end of the month (30th April 2017). Stuart started in this role in 1997, just a few years after the NSWWIA was formed, and has seen great change and growth in the wine industry in NSW. Stuart regards some of the highlights of his time in the role as the creation of the NSW Wine brand and “the work done through the NSW Wine Awards, along with Sydney Cellar Door, to raise the profile of NSW Wine - a task far from complete,” says Stuart. “I would like to acknowledge the great contribution made to the Association by many who served on the Committee including past presidents Chris Barnes AM, David Lowe and more recently Tom Ward, and I thank them all for their support. I wish the Association every success in its future endeavours.” Tom Ward, President of the NSWWIA thanks Stuart for his many years of service to the NSW wine industry. “Stuart has been a focal point for NSW wine and has played a vastly important role in making sure that the interests of NSW wine are fostered both locally and nationally,” suggests Tom. “I would particularly like to thank Stuart, and his wife Noni, for the role they have played in making the NSW Wine Awards an important and successful part of the NSW wine calendar. I wish Stuart and Noni all the best for the future and hope that they continue to drink the great wines of NSW once they move to Tasmania.” Tom goes on to say that he is delighted to announce that Angus Barnes has accepted the role of Acting EO of the NSWWIA, effective 1st of April. This role is a temporary role and will assist in the transition of the NSWWIA. Angus Barnes has a long and distinguished wine career starting from his childhood in the vineyards in the Hunter Valley. He has most recently held senior global roles with Pernod Ricard Winemakers. Angus is well known to the NSWWIA as he is currently the Vice President in charge of Government Relations (a role that he will step down from in order to take up the Acting EO position). Angus is also the current national chair of the Wine Communicators of Australia as well as a past graduate of the wine industry future leaders program. Over the next few months, there are a number of key activities that Angus and the executive will focus on. They include: ·      the launch and implementation of NSW Government and industry joint strategy 2028 (being finalised) ·      an independent review of the NSWWIA in order to ensure that we are providing for our members ·      the agreement and implementation of the federal government’s Export and Regional Wine Support Package, making sure that NSW is represented strongly in these outcomes Tom goes on to say that he is excited by the future opportunities for the wine sector in NSW. “I appreciate Stuart’s years of dedicated service and I also look forward to the next period working with Angus and the NSWWIA executive.”  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