The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-05-23T04:30:35Z Australian Women in Wine to take over New York 2019-05-23T04:30:35Z australian-women-in-wine-to-take-over-new-york The brand new style of awards event will take place at Union West in Chelsea, New York, with key media, trade and influencers in attendance. The event will coincide with a tasting to demonstrate the quality and diversity of Australian wines produced by women and celebrate their success. The event will kick off the inaugural USA Aussie Wine Month, a campaign supported by the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package), which will bring a contingent of Australian wineries across the globe for the largest Australian wine promotion ever held in the USA. Entries for the 2019 awards open on 6 June in the following award categories: Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Tonnellerie Saint Martin Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia Researcher / Innovator of the Year – sponsored by Angove Family Winemakers Champion of Diversity and Equality – sponsored by Australian Grape & Wine Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by WineWorks Australia Woman of Inspiration – sponsored by Irvine Wines Marketer of the Year – sponsored by denomination Cellar Door Person of the Year There will also be an additional special award, the Honorary Australian Woman in Wine Award - USA, which will go to a woman in the US who has been a long-time active advocate for Australian wine. This award is presented and sponsored by Wine Australia. “The fact that the AWIWA has been chosen by Wine Australia to be one of the opening pieces of this exciting new campaign, clearly shows that telling the story about our women in wine and celebrating their achievements has global significance, as well as benefits for the entire industry as a whole,” said AWIWA founder and Chair, Jane Thomson. Wine Australia Chief Executive Officer, Andreas Clark said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the inspiring work of female wine producers in Australia and continue to encourage diversity and innovation in the Australian wine sector”. Key Dates for AWIWA 2019:  Entries (and nominations) Open – Thursday 6 June  Entries Close – Thursday 1 August  Finalists Announced – Thursday 15 August  Awards Announced – evening of Tuesday 17 September in New York (Wednesday 18 September in Australia)   More information on the Australian Women in Wine Awards, now in their fifth year, can be found at www.WomeninWineAwards.com.au. The 2019 AWIWA board members are Jeni Port, Toni Carlino, Corrina Wright, Sami Gilligan, Sarah Collingwood, Rebekah Richardson and Jane Thomson (Chair).  The 2019 AWIWA Platinum Partner is Coles Liquor. Gold Partners are Pernod Ricard Winemakers, Wine Business Magazine and the Victoria State Government. *** ENDS *** About the AWIWA The Australian Women in Wine Awards – which are owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society - celebrate and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace. Previous winners include Prue Henschke (Viticulturist of the Year 2016), Virginia Willcock (Winemaker of the Year 2017), Sue Hodder (Woman of Inspiration 2017) and Iain Riggs (Champion of Change 2015). They are the only awards program for women in wine in the world. About USA Aussie Wine Month Wine Australia’s Aussie Wine Month will feature a six-city trade roadshow, educational seminars, the Australian Women in Wine Awards, media events, importer/distributor networking opportunities, in-store and online retail promotions and a multi-sensory immersive consumer activation. Aussie Wine Month is supported by the Australian Government’s $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package (the $50m Package). HI-RES PHOTOS & VIDEO is available here.     No-wool week 2019-05-21T08:40:10Z no-wool-week Dear Editor, "Wool Week" is the ideal time for everyone to consider the brutality of the wool industry and resolve to use alternative fabrics. The appalling cruelty in Australian shearing sheds was revealed by a PETA exposé in 2014, and helped lead to the first-ever convictions of shearers anywhere in the world for cruelty to animals. The wool industry told us this a "wake-up call" and vowed to stamp out these abuses. Yet subsequent video exposés (accessible at PETA.org.au) reveals that absolutely nothing has changed. Workers continue to beat, stamp on, kick, mutilate, and throw sheep around while shearing them. Shearers violently punch these gentle animals in the face and beat and jab them in the head with sharp metal shears. These attacks often leave the petrified sheep bleeding from the eyes, nose, and mouth. Many lambs are also forced to endure a gruesome procedure called “mulesing”, in which huge chunks of skin and flesh are cut from the animals’ backsides, sometimes without any painkillers. The best way to stop this violence is by refusing to buy the industry’s products. Check the label when you’re shopping. If it says "wool," just leave it on the shelf. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Australia) PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002. (08) 8556-5828 AUSSIE SISTERS TO SPEAK AT NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION CONFERENCES 2019-05-20T06:31:37Z sisters-to-speak-at-national-and-international-suicide-prevention-conferences Aussie suicide prevention sisters Alyse Price-Tobler (MCAP) and Kylie Crnek Georgeson (Phd candidate) have been invited to present their current work in suicide prevention at the upcoming National Suicide Prevention Conference (Melbourne) and the International Suicide Research Summit Conferences (Miami). Alyse is a Clinical Psychotherapist and CEO of Bowral Road Counselling and Psychotherapy Center in Mittagong and will present the ‘SEMPI Social Communication Model’ at the Australian National Suicide Prevention Conference in Melbourne in July. The SEMPI model asks general community members, “What happens if you ask someone Are You O.K, and they answer NO?” The ‘SEMPI’ model teaches THE NEXT STEP to the “ARE YOU OK?” question, if this feels too hard to sit with, is confusing, or just doesn't feel right. Kylie Crnek Georgeson is a post graduate teaching fellow and researcher from the Macarthur area, in the final year of her PhD with the Ageing Work and Health Research Unit, Sydney University. Her thesis is titled "Retirement Pathways, mental well-being and suicidal behaviour in older rural Australians." Kylie will be presenting the findings of her latest research, helping to prevent suicide among our Aussie farmers, at the International Suicide Research Summit in Miami in October 2019. Target Sheep event supports Armidale producers in the fight against worms 2019-05-19T21:30:43Z target-sheep-event-supports-armidale-producers-in-the-fight-against-worms Virbac Australia’s latest Target Sheep program event has just wrapped up, with attendees describing the afternoon’s proceedings held last Friday in Armidale, NSW as a golden opportunity to learn more about parasite management, with a special focus on current drench resistance levels in the New England region. The Target Sheep animal health initiative is aimed at optimising the health and performance of livestock at three key stages of the production cycle; pre-joining, pre-lambing and marking/weaning - by focusing on how we can increase productivity by managing drench resistance, and improving health and reproduction through strategic topping up of trace minerals and an effective vaccination program. The program brings together industry experts, veterinarians and producers to improve on-farm productivity and profitability through leading animal health management practices and industry benchmarks. Key speakers at the event included Invetus Parasitology Research Leader, Tim Elliott and Virbac Australia Area Sales Manager, William Hiscox. During his presentation, William explained the importance of the program, based on findings from Faecal Egg Count Reduction Tests (FECRT) that have been undertaken throughout the New England region which have been independently analysed by Invetus Parasitology. “The results indicated that every farm we tested showed a varying level of drench resistance and no two farms were the same,” William revealed. “The results really highlighted the need for all sheep producers to carry out Faecal Egg Count Reduction Test’s and be aware of the resistance levels on their farm. In some cases even neighbouring properties had completely different levels of resistance.” Meanwhile, Tim’s presentation educated producers about worm biology and their life cycle, with tips on pasture management strategies to reduce the seasonal risk of internal parasites specific to the New England. “Drought conditions, such as those currently in the New England region, can make worm management even more challenging,” said Tim. “These types of ongoing drought conditions-with-sporadic-rain events can lead to a much greater variable worm risk, because small rain events can trigger faster more concentrated parasite outbreaks. With there being already high levels of resistance in this particular region, it’s important for producers to tackle this problem head on and tailor a drench program that’s suited to the drench resistance status of their farm.” Almost 20 local sheep producers attended Friday’s event, and Philip Carlon from Queenlee Merino Stud at Uralla explained why he was excited to be a part of the Virbac Target Sheep program. “I think the whole sheep industry needs to be aware of their individual resistance status so we can prolong the drenches we have available and take advantage of the current strong lamb and wool prices moving forward. The Target Sheep group is a step in the right direction for a collaborative approach to fighting drench resistance,” Philip said. With the event demonstrating Virbac Australia’s continuing commitment to supporting producers in the fight against drench resistance, each attendee also has ongoing free worm egg count testing provided by Virbac for the entirety of the program “We encouraged all attendees to continue monitoring their sheep throughout the duration of the program,” said William. “Hopefully this has been a useful discussion for the group, and it’s given them some useful information to now go out and act on.” Virbac will be hosting further Target Sheep and Target Beef events throughout Australia in the coming months. For more information, visit https://au.virbac.com, follow Virbac Australia on Facebook or Instagram or call 1800 242 100. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Adam Arndell - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au National Group’s Port-to-Pit Approach 2019-05-15T04:12:31Z national-group-s-port-to-pit-approach The National Group comprises of leading companies servicing the mining, resource, logistics and personnel supply industries. The National Group takes a port-to-pit approach to their operations, with national and international transport an integral part of their business. “Our port-to-pit approach is pivotal to our success” suggests Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director. “With mining often being undertaken in remote locations which are difficult to access, we regularly face the challenge of transporting from their source to their final destination, cost-effectively, timely and safely. The complexities of transport logistics are often miss-understood and cannot be underestimated.” Taking this port-to-pit approach, the National Group regularly delivers equipment nationally and internationally through in-house subsidiaries such as National Heavy Haulage (NHH) and International Global Logistics (IGL). National Heavy Haulage (NHH), part of the National Group transports large and heavy equipment of any size to the remotest locations throughout Australia. NHH regularly conducts route surveys in order to adequately assess the risk and identify the scope of the project. Along with basic necessities such as measuring and securing loads with restraints, considerable planning and transport logistics goes into every haul. There is a standard restriction of 15 tonnes per axle with permit approvals often required from Government authorities such as Main Road Engineers, Inter-State Police and Rail. “We regularly conduct route surveys to ensure the safe passage of large and heavy machines with unusual dimensions” explains Ian Scott, NHH General Manager. “Route planning can help identify and map out potential hazards such as low bridges, low hanging electrical wiring or river crossings that carry weight restrictions.” For example, in late 2018 NHH delivered five Ultra-Class Liebherr T 282 C Dump Trucks to BHP’s Peak Downs mine site in Central Queensland. These ‘mammoth’ mining trucks required police escort and road closures to accommodate for the immense size of vehicle components, with hauls taking place over five separate trips throughout the months of September and October 2018. Due to immense size and weight of these vehicles, additional prime movers were attached to ensure load safety, with two truck chassis pulling and one truck pushing the load up the Eton range, with road closures and QLD Police escorts leading the way. “The trucks are some of the largest in the world and have an empty vehicle weight of more than 260 tonnes so when you put that into perspective, they each weigh more than 130 standard cars” added Mark Ackroyd. “This is not your every-day type of haul, so to manage and deliver a haul of this size is a testament to the professionalism of our team.” NHH regularly liaises with third parties such as Ergon Energy in order to avoid high voltage, low hanging electricity wires during hauls. Due to the intense heat in the Australian summer, power lines can expand, sag and stretch, resulting in low hanging wires that pose a safety hazard. NHH therefore engages the use of a high wire escort that involves raising low hanging wires in order to ensure safe passage of the load. “We are always on tight schedules, with delivery often required in order to meet its next port of call” notes Ian Scott. “We regularly liaise with our sister company International Global Logistics (IGL) as equipment is often en-route to and from international locations. If we experience any type of delays, this has a knock on effect that incurs significant additional costs. We have extensive experience in the heavy haulage of equipment of any size and due to the high stakes involved with heavy haulage, it’s in everyone’s best interest to leave it to the professionals.” International Global Logistics (IGL) is part of the National Group and provides worldwide transportation service for heavy equipment and larger cargo. “IGL is a key link in the transport and logistics chain, we rely heavily on our suppliers and in turn, they rely heavily on us” suggests Dean Sterling, IGL General Manager. “There is a chain of responsibility and any weak link could sabotage the whole operation, pose a significant safety risk or cause expensive and timely delays. Therefore measures must be put into place to manage this inherent risk.” Along with adhering to International Shipping laws, IGL also follows general standard safety procedures that are ‘controllable’, with shipment specific strategic planning also undertaken. IGL also has to take into account natural forces that are ‘uncontrollable’ such as rising and falling tides, large and dangerous swells and extreme weather conditions such as cyclones. “When loading large, heavy and expensive equipment onto a vessel, having a strong relationship with cargo owners, vessel captains and vessel planners is important” notes Dean Sterling. For example, during the recent vessel loading operations of six Komatsu 830E Dump Trucks, IGL had to work with vessel owners and planners in order to lift large heavy equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Exhaustive risk management plans were set in place that involved tandem crane lifts for trucks weighing as much as 140 tonnes, with two cranes required to lift trucks in up to 90km/hour gusting winds. Precision is key and timing is critical in the field of international logistics, with fines for vessel detention upwards of USD $20,000 per day when vessel delays occur. During the development of a vessel charter plan, stages are developed in order to plan for load weights along with lifting diagrams to plan load distribution throughout the vessel. Ballast water is pumped into certain areas of the vessel. This water within the vessels water tanks is used to improve the stability and balancing of the vessel during loading and unloading operations. Uneven weight distribution could cause a vessel to list and sink, which would be catastrophic. This could have a dramatic impact on the wider community or cause disruptions to eco-systems and marine life in extreme cases such as hazardous chemical or oil spills. “Having the timing and planning right from the get go for our port-to-pit approach is essential and this is what we strive to exceed. We make every effort to ensure things run as precise and as smooth as possible, however there are always contingency plans in place to manage and adequately respond to forces that occur beyond our control. Operations are carried out in a proactive and not a reactive manner, with a safety first and a zero harm approach paramount” concludes Dean Sterling. Click here to view the haul from port-to-pit. Click here for more news from the National Group and 'Subscribe' to receive news and updates to your email inbox. Komatsu 830E Haul Liebherr T282C Haul National Group’s Port-to-Pit Approach 2019-05-15T03:31:32Z national-groups-port-to-pit-approach National Group’s Port-to-Pit Approach The National Group comprises of leading companies servicing the mining, resource, logistics and personnel supply industries. The National Group takes a port-to-pit approach to their operations, with national and international transport an integral part of their business. “Our port-to-pit approach is pivotal to our success” suggests Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director. “With mining often being undertaken in remote locations which are difficult to access, we regularly face the challenge of transporting from their source to their final destination, cost-effectively, timely and safely. The complexities of transport logistics are often miss-understood and cannot be underestimated.” Taking this port-to-pit approach, the National Group regularly delivers equipment nationally and internationally through in-house subsidiaries such as National Heavy Haulage (NHH) and International Global Logistics (IGL). National Heavy Haulage (NHH), part of the National Group transports large and heavy equipment of any size to the remotest locations throughout Australia. NHH regularly conducts route surveys in order to adequately assess the risk and identify the scope of the project. Along with basic necessities such as measuring and securing loads with restraints, considerable planning and transport logistics goes into every haul. There is a standard restriction of 15 tonnes per axle with permit approvals often required from Government authorities such as Main Road Engineers, Inter-State Police and Rail. “We regularly conduct route surveys to ensure the safe passage of large and heavy machines with unusual dimensions” explains Ian Scott, NHH General Manager. “Route planning can help identify and map out potential hazards such as low bridges, low hanging electrical wiring or river crossings that carry weight restrictions.” For example, in late 2018 NHH delivered five Ultra-Class Liebherr T 282 C Dump Trucks to BHP’s Peak Downs mine site in Central Queensland. These ‘mammoth’ mining trucks required police escort and road closures to accommodate for the immense size of vehicle components, with hauls taking place over five separate trips throughout the months of September and October 2018. Due to immense size and weight of these vehicles, additional prime movers were attached to ensure load safety, with two truck chassis pulling and one truck pushing the load up the Eton range, with road closures and QLD Police escorts leading the way. “The trucks are some of the largest in the world and have an empty vehicle weight of more than 260 tonnes so when you put that into perspective, they each weigh more than 130 standard cars” added Mark Ackroyd. “This is not your every-day type of haul, so to manage and deliver a haul of this size is a testament to the professionalism of our team.” NHH regularly liaises with third parties such as Ergon Energy in order to avoid high voltage, low hanging electricity wires during hauls. Due to the intense heat in the Australian summer, power lines can expand, sag and stretch, resulting in low hanging wires that pose a safety hazard. NHH therefore engages the use of a high wire escort that involves raising low hanging wires in order to ensure safe passage of the load. “We are always on tight schedules, with delivery often required in order to meet its next port of call” notes Ian Scott. “We regularly liaise with our sister company International Global Logistics (IGL) as equipment is often en-route to and from international locations. If we experience any type of delays, this has a knock on effect that incurs significant additional costs. We have extensive experience in the heavy haulage of equipment of any size and due to the high stakes involved with heavy haulage, it’s in everyone’s best interest to leave it to the professionals.” International Global Logistics (IGL) is part of the National Group and provides worldwide transportation service for heavy equipment and larger cargo. “IGL is a key link in the transport and logistics chain, we rely heavily on our suppliers and in turn, they rely heavily on us” suggests Dean Sterling, IGL General Manager. “There is a chain of responsibility and any weak link could sabotage the whole operation, pose a significant safety risk or cause expensive and timely delays. Therefore measures must be put into place to manage this inherent risk.” Along with adhering to International Shipping laws, IGL also follows general standard safety procedures that are ‘controllable’, with shipment specific strategic planning also undertaken. IGL also has to take into account natural forces that are ‘uncontrollable’ such as rising and falling tides, large and dangerous swells and extreme weather conditions such as cyclones. “When loading large, heavy and expensive equipment onto a vessel, having a strong relationship with cargo owners, vessel captains and vessel planners is important” notes Dean Sterling. For example, during the recent vessel loading operations of six Komatsu 830E Dump Trucks, IGL had to work with vessel owners and planners in order to lift large heavy equipment in a safe and efficient manner. Exhaustive risk management plans were set in place that involved tandem crane lifts for trucks weighing as much as 140 tonnes, with two cranes required to lift trucks in up to 90km/hour gusting winds. Precision is key and timing is critical in the field of international logistics, with fines for vessel detention upwards of USD $20,000 per day when vessel delays occur. During the development of a vessel charter plan, stages are developed in order to plan for load weights along with lifting diagrams to plan load distribution throughout the vessel. Ballast water is pumped into certain areas of the vessel. This water within the vessels water tanks is used to improve the stability and balancing of the vessel during loading and unloading operations. Uneven weight distribution could cause a vessel to list and sink, which would be catastrophic. This could have a dramatic impact on the wider community or cause disruptions to eco-systems and marine life in extreme cases such as hazardous chemical or oil spills. “Having the timing and planning right from the get go for our port-to-pit approach is essential and this is what we strive to exceed. We make every effort to ensure things run as precise and as smooth as possible, however there are always contingency plans in place to manage and adequately respond to forces that occur beyond our control. Operations are carried out in a proactive and not a reactive manner, with a safety first and a zero harm approach paramount” concludes Dean Sterling. Click here or on the video below to view the haul from port-to-pit. Click here to view more news from the National Group and 'Subscribe' to receive news and updates to your email inbox. Komatsu 830E Haul Liebherr T282C Haul Responding to the 10,000 new Australian jobs 2019-05-14T07:12:06Z responding-to-the-10-000-new-australian-jobs PharmOut announced today that it will invest in a multimillion-dollar state of the art Medicinal Cannabis Academy to offer practical training in the growing and processing of Medicinal Cannabis into pharmaceutical dosage forms. The Medicinal Cannabis Academy will expand PharmOut’s existing global leadership in the areas of Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), consulting and training. Commencing in the third quarter, the Academy will help cultivators, manufactures and job seekers in meeting the medicinal cannabis industry’s estimated demand for 10,000 new regional workers over the next two years. Trevor Schoerie, PharmOut’s Managing Director commented “Medicinal Cannabis cultivation and processing is an exciting global phenomenon. Australia’s reputation for good agricultural practices and compliance, added to the favourable climate and land availability has seen hundreds of millions of dollars being invested into the region. Given this is a brand-new industry, there is a substantial knowledge gap. Our plan is to help cultivators, manufacturers and their workforce learn about propagation, cultivation, harvesting and processing and to help them meet the stringent regulatory standards required for both local and export markets.”  In looking to leverage early global mover advantage, Medicinal Cannabis companies are moving quickly to secure large export contracts. Maria Mylonas, PharmOut’s Learning and Development Director, is equally excited about expanding PharmOut’s existing educational services, saying “PharmOut is frequently asked for guidance by the industry looking to recruit staff experienced in cannabis cultivation and processing under a framework of Good Agricultural Collection Practices (GACP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) as required by the regulators. At the same time, there are job seekers looking for opportunities to establish a career in this interesting growth sector. PharmOut has over 10 years’ experience in training Pharmaceutical industry employees and the Academy is a natural extension of what we do.” According to a report by Global Market Insights, the global medicinal cannabis industry was estimated to be worth more than US$ 11 Billion in 2017 and projected to surpass $US 55 billion by 2024. Australia legalised cannabis for medicinal use in October 2016 creating strong interest from international and local investors. There is currently an estimated investment of over 2 million square meters in new greenhouse capacity in Australia, specifically focused on meeting the global market demand for Medicinal Cannabis. For example, Canadian Company, Asterion, recently announced the Australian Government Awarding of Major Project Status for their Australian entity’s $450 million Toowoomba Medicinal Cannabis Project. Asterion estimates the requirement for a full-time workforce of 800 as well as an additional 300 part time and shift-based positions. The project is planned to commence in the last quarter of 2019. About PharmOut: Founded in 2006, PharmOut is an experienced professional consultancy specialising in supporting the medicinal cannabis and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries with offices in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom and United States. PharmOut regularly guides clients through the rigorous licensing, permitting, GACP and GMP requirements of various international agencies. Expert-led weaner management roadshow tours Tasmania on first leg of nationwide event 2019-05-14T00:55:48Z expert-led-weaner-management-roadshow-tours-tasmania-on-first-leg-of-nationwide-event Two industry experts will shortly be hosting a Virbac Australia Cydectin Long Acting Weaner Management Roadshow at venues across Tasmania, as they present invaluable information to farmers on weaner management best practice fluke and worm control. Dr Matthew Ball (Beacon Veterinary Clinic owner and Livestock Technical Services Manager at Virbac Animal Health) and Dr Craig Dwyer, (Clinical Lead for Apiam Animal Health Group) will be touring the country on the first leg of what’s set to be a nationwide tour of Australia. As Dr Dwyer explains, weaning is a time of increased stress for young animals, due to a range of factors. “Whether from the stress of being separated from their mothers, the loss of milk in their diet or close confinement with other animals in the yard, these factors can take their toll, making calves more susceptible to both infectious and non-infectious diseases.” The recent change of season can also bring increased rainfall, which heightens the chance of an animal being infected with internal parasites like worms and liver fluke, causing a loss of condition, scours and anaemia in weaners up to 24 months of age. Dr Dwyer is convinced that “a good animal health program is the best form of defence once weaners are in the yard, because it gives them the best possible chance for optimal health and wellbeing as they grow.” Together, the veterinarians will take a practical look at various aspects of weaner health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on the best types and compositions of drench, fluke and worm products. Dr Ball explains that “it can be challenging to make sense of which drench is best suited to weaners. Which drenches are ‘knock-downs’ and which protect for longer? Do weaners need the same drench as cows? Which fluke and worm products are best for productivity? Which chemicals are safe for dung beetles? How do you combine different products into a program? What’s the best way to manage or prevent fluke and worm drench resistance? We’ll answer all these questions and more during the course of our presentations.” For Virbac Australia Tasmania Sales Manager Rob Youl, the roadshow is a great opportunity to learn from leaders in their field. “The presentations from Dr Dwyer and Dr Ball will provide attendees with practical information that can be applied directly on their farm. This promises to be a unique experience for beef and dairy producers, as they learn the latest and most effective weaner management programs for improved cattle health.” Interested producers are invited to contact Virbac representative Rob Youl on 0412 742 307, or email rob.youl@virbac.com.au for more information on how to attend. Tasmania roadshow itinerary: Date Location Time 21 May 2019 Agritas Conference Centre, Smithton 12pm Lunch available. 22 May 2019 The Boomerang, Currie King Island 12pm Lunch available. About the speakers Dr Matthew Ball Dr Ball has 18 years experience helping cattle farmers in a range of clinical, advisory and research roles. His employment includes jobs in clinical practice, government and industry, and he’s also undertaken postgraduate qualifications in disease surveillance and education. Based on the northern rivers of NSW, Matthew is passionate about helping cattle farmers develop practical and profitable preventative health programs, helping them to understand how medicines work and the scientific differences between animal health products. Dr Craig Dwyer Former President of Australian Cattle Vets and Veterinarian, Dr Craig Dwyer graduated from Queensland University in 1998. After graduation he worked in dairy practice in Smithton Tasmania before continuing his career in England and Wales. Craig then returned to Smithton Veterinary Service where he became a partner in the practice. This practice is now part of the Apiam Animal Health group and Craig acts as Clinic Lead for the Tasmanian practices. Craig has completed the Sydney University postgraduate course in ruminant nutrition and in 2007 passed his membership exams in ruminant animal nutrition. Craig’s veterinary interests include cattle reproduction, bull fertility, nutrition and production. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Dr Matthew Ball, Livestock Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia Dr Craig Dwyer, Clinical Lead for Apiam Animal Health Group Rethinking sheepishness 2019-05-13T20:53:11Z rethinking-sheepishness Dear Editor, Have you ever been accused of acting like a sheep? It's a compliment! A new study by a neuroscientist shows that sheep are complex, individualistic, and social animals. But farmers still treat sheep as mere commodities, which makes it easier to confine, torment and slaughter them. Sheep have excellent vision and hearing, as well as sense of smell. They have extremely sophisticated face recognition skills and can interpret emotions on the faces of other sheep. They can also recognise human faces, even when those faces are shown to them in different orientations. Tests show that sheep can feel optimistic or pessimistic – just like humans, sheep who have had bad experiences in the past tend to not do as well on cognitive tasks as those who had good experiences. Sheep also have individual personalities – distinctive combinations of traits that are consistent over time and that map readily onto some of the personality dimensions we recognize in humans, such as boldness or shyness. Knowing this, it’s abhorrent that farmers routinely punch holes in lambs' ears, chop off their tails, and castrate males without the use of anaesthetics. In Australia, many lambs are also forced to endure a gruesome procedure called "mulesing", in which huge chunks of skin and flesh are cut from the animals' backsides, sometimes without any painkillers. PETA exposés have consistently shown shearing sheds to be among the worst places in the world for cruelty to animals. And when their monetary value diminishes, sheep are often shipped across the equator to the other side of the world in appalling conditions; those who survive the trips will meet a gruesome death in countries where animal welfare standards are even lower than Australia's. Sheep are intelligent, complex, and feeling individuals. Treating them as unfeeling commodities may be profitable, but it is totally immoral. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 08 8556-5828 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Bridgestone Mining Solutions Announce The Inaugural National Tyre Fitting Training Program 2019-05-13T01:04:19Z ridgestone-mining-solutions-announce-the-inaugural-national-tyre-fitting-training-program Bridgestone Mining Solutions Australia Pty Ltd (BMSA) are pleased to announce the inaugural National Tyre Fitting Training Program based at the recently opened Hunter Valley Mining Solutions Centre. BMSA continues to be a leading service provider in the tyre industry and this training program provides the opportunity to educate individuals who are pursuing a career in the OTR tyre industry at an entry level. The comprehensive package being offered will provide the skills required to work at the highest industry standard and will be achieved through our experienced trainers sharing their knowledge and skills to assist in tyre fitter development to the safest level. The first intense 6 week program commenced on the 6th May 2019 with a second program to be run later in the year and 3 to 4 programs expected to be run in 2020. The program participants will be new to the tyre fitting industry and therefore require additional time and resources to learn the fundamentals of tyre fitting, extensive knowledge of BMSA products and services along with industry best practices from experienced tyre fitters.  BMSA is a Registered Training Organisation which provides National Accredited Training. The formal qualifications obtained are industry recognised and demonstrate BMSA’s commitment to the national standard when training. Modules in the National Tyre Fitting Program include: ·       Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) and Environment ·       “Bridgestone Essence” and “Our Way to Serve” ·       9 core Training Units - Certificate II Surface Extractions ·       Rim and Wheel training ·       Truck and Bus tyres ·       Forklift accreditation ·       Use of power and hand held tools Additionally, BMSA offers training services to our customers improving their knowledge of Tyre Management to maximise tyre life and a reduction in their Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). From 2020 there will be an increase in the courses run by BMSA to further invest and upskill our workforce through Procedural and Systems Training and Leadership and Technical Training courses.Steve Niho Chief Executive Officer Bridgestone Mining Solutions Australia   For further media information please contact: johnportelli@bsem.com.au Virbac Australia to present a series of cattle health sessions at this year’s Gympie Show 2019-05-13T00:30:48Z virbac-australia-to-present-a-series-of-cattle-health-sessions-at-this-years-gympie-show The ever-popular Gympie Show is back – and this year, animal health company Virbac Australia will be part of the line-up as they present a series of cattle health sessions designed to support producers with tips and advice on improving animal productivity and profitability. With cattle ticks in the Gympie region being especially problematic for young weaner cattle, Virbac Australia is running four presentations to help farmers improve the immunity and health of young weaner cattle, as well as identify the best broad spectrum long-acting drench and trace mineral supplements to support them at this critical time in their development. Delivered by Victor Moffroid, Area Sales Manager for the Gympie region, he’ll also be demonstrating the correct application method for injectable long-acting drenches and injectable trace mineral supplements. Events run at the Showground Cattle Yards on Thursday May 16th at 12.00pm and 4.00pm, and Friday 17th May at 10:30am and 2:30pm. They’re free to attend, and interested media and event visitors are invited to turn up and register on the day. Everyone that registers will go into the draw to win a 200ml pack of Cydectin Long Acting Injection for Cattle, with the winner drawn on Friday 17th May. This year’s Gympie Show promises to offer an amazing experience for all, and Virbac Australia is looking forward to being part of what has over the years become a major highlight of the regions agricultural calendar. To find out more about Virbac Australia, please visit https://au.virbac.com/ Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Victor Moffroid, Virbac Australia Area Sales Manager Beef producer administering Cydectin LA Veterinarian warns of post-flooding botulism risk for northern QLD 2019-05-09T04:27:14Z veterinarian-warns-of-post-flooding-botulism-risk-for-northern-qld In the wake of Queensland’s recent flooding, a leading vet has flagged the heightened risk of botulism for northern cattle producers. Botulism thrives in decaying animal and plant matter. With producers having faced the loss of many cattle, there’s likely to be an increased presence of the lethal toxin, both now and for many years to come, says Dr Matt Ball, Veterinarian and Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia. The number of animal carcasses made conditions ideal for the proliferation of the disease. Latest estimates were half a million cattle dead, and with many cattle in recovery mode, survivors will be driven to chew bones to obtain vital nutrients. The number one method to combat this problem is an effective vaccination program. Dr Ball has spent three years researching the immune response of northern Australian cattle to botulism. His research confirmed the challenges of successfully vaccinating cattle in northern Australia due to nutritional and other factors, with the choice of vaccine found to have a major affect on protection levels. Recent field research conducted by Virbac and the Department of Primary Industry & Resources has shown that even after vaccination, only 70-80% of cattle may be protected. A range of issues can affect success – from missed mustering in often challenging environments to difficulty in handling animal health products, as well as compromised immunity on vaccination day. As Dr Ball explains, now that the risk is so much higher, a booster will pick up the 20% of animals that may still be vulnerable. It’s also important to remember that botulism is a ‘challenge-based’ disease – so in much the same way as shatterproof glass can still be broken by a big enough rock, a previously vaccinated animal can still die if given a high enough dose of the toxin. “Even if you’ve vaccinated prior to the floods, you’ll likely want to talk to an animal health advisor about the possibility of a booster, as this will give the highest possible level of antibodies to meet the increased levels of toxins currently present,” says Dr Ball. There are differences in the available botulism vaccines in Australia. SingVac, available as a One Year or Three Year product and containing an innovative ‘water in oil in water’ formulation, was found in local research to be capable of producing a higher level of antibodies when compared to other vaccines on the market. It is an ideal vaccine to protect cattle through this high-risk period. In the face of the widespread risk caused by the huge number of livestock mortalities in the recent floods, vaccination is the best form of defense to help minimise the threat from this deadly disease. A botulism management plan is vital for successful post-flood farm recovery. Farmers are invited to find out more about SingVac at au.virbac.com Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Dr Matt Ball, Veterinarian and Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia Northern QLD Brahman Cattle FluroSat Adds Iteris ClearAg Environmental Intelligence to Enhance Crop Health Decision Support 2019-05-09T00:17:15Z flurosat-adds-iteris-clearag-environmental-intelligence-to-enhance-crop-health-decision-support SANTA ANA, Calif. / SYDNEY, Aus. – May 9, 2019 – Iteris, Inc. (NASDAQ: ITI), the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, and FluroSat Pty Ltd (FluroSat), an agronomic analytics and crop health solutions provider, today announced FluroSat’s addition of Iteris ClearAg® environmental intelligence to FluroSat’s crop health services platform.   Under the terms of the software-as-a-service agreement, ClearAg will provide location-specific environmental intelligence through its application programming interface (API) to FluroSat’s crop health services platform. The integrated solution will enhance FluroSat’s scientifically validated climatics, crop yield modelling and decision support platform for agronomists and progressive farmers in several of the world’s largest agricultural regions.     “At a time of unprecedented change throughout the agricultural industry, innovation is especially important to increase productivity and ensure global food security. We are excited to work with Iteris to integrate ClearAg’s environmental intelligence into our crop health services platform to improve farm efficiency, sustainability and profitability for our users,” said Anastasia Volkova, CEO and founder of FluroSat. “ClearAg’s location-specific current, forecast and historical weather data will complement our decision support capability; thereby, enabling our users to make the best possible decisions for successful farm management.”   “We are thrilled that FluroSat has selected ClearAg’s environmental intelligence to power its crop health services platform for agronomists and progressive farmers in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Latin America,” said Jim Chambers, senior vice president and general manager, Agriculture and Weather Analytics at Iteris. “Through its FluroSense® and ProductionWise services, FluroSat is dedicated to harnessing deep spectral insights to help farmers and growers improve their yield, and I am proud that ClearAg’s weather data will ultimately help to feed the planet more sustainably.”   With Iteris ClearAg, FluroSat’s platform users will have access to location-specific information including temperature, rainfall, humidity, wind speed, Dewpoint and solarwave radiation, thus enabling critical decisions to be made for crop management. ### About FluroSat   FluroSat is a crop health solutions provider that uses the power of scientific modelling, AI and remotely sensed data to deliver early, accurate and actionable information on farm performance and plant nutrition to farmers and agronomists. Founded in 2016, FluroSat has been supporting its users through FluroSense®, ProductionWise and CottonMap to optimize and accelerate agricultural productivity growth. Visit www.flurosat.com for more information or join our conversations on LinkedIn and Twitter.  About Iteris, Inc.   Iteris is the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, turning big data into big breakthrough solutions. We collect, aggregate and analyze data on traffic, roads, weather, water, soil and crops to generate precise informatics that lead to safer transportation and smarter farming. Municipalities, government agencies, crop science companies, farmers and agronomists around the world use our solutions to make roads safer and travel more efficient, as well as farmlands more sustainable, healthy and productive. Visit www.iteris.com for more information and join the conversation on Twitter, LinkedIn and  Iteris Forward-Looking Statements   This release may contain forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof and are based upon our current expectations and the information available to us at this time. Words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," “feels,” “plans,” "seeks," "estimates," "may," “could,” “should,” "will," "can," and variations of these words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the anticipated benefits and success of our agreement and the ClearAg solution. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors.   Important factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, our ability to integrate and provide the ClearAg services on a cost-effective basis; the future adoption of the ClearAg solution in the agribusiness markets; customer’s dedication of resources and ability to achieve market acceptance for its own products and services; our ability to gain additional patent protection for our technologies and products; and the potential impact of product and service offerings from competitors and such competitors’ patent coverage and claims. Further information on Iteris, Inc., including additional risk factors that may affect our forward-looking statements, is contained in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our Current Reports on Form 8-K, and our other SEC filings that are available through the SEC’s website (www.sec.gov). Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: https://event.synology.com/en-global/solutionexhibition_2019 If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at shazana.roseli@taurusmarketing.com.au, John Wanna at john.wanna@taurusmarketing.com.au or Stacey Toskas at stacey.toskas@taurusmarketing.com.au +61 029415 4528 DXT Boosts Freight Capacity in the New England Region with New Tamworth Facility 2019-05-08T07:15:02Z dxt-boosts-freight-capacity-in-the-new-england-region-with-new-tamworth-facility Tamworth – May 2019 – NSW’s premier freight company, DXT has opened an impressive new 4,500m2 facility to better service the existing freight customers and allow for growth for the entire New England region. The new secure site is double the size of the existing facility and includes wide drive-through access for B-Double vehicles, which means more capacity for the movement of goods within the region. Matt Collier, General Manager at DXT, opened the site and welcomed the opportunity this brings to the local community of Tamworth. He said, “Moving to the new site strategically positions us closer to our customers for greater network coverage and enables us to better support our customers as they grow in regional NSW. “It’s been a tough time for the region with the prolonged drought and we’re committed to supporting the local community and businesses recover through a difficult period. Our investment will hopefully ensure a better outcome for the region. “With the shift in more consumers supporting local companies and the growth in online shopping, more people are moving more goods than ever before. Our new site, combined with our extensive network reach ensures our customers continue to receive a first class delivery experience. “It’s an exciting time in the NSW freight landscape at the moment.” He said. Located close to the Tamworth regional airport, the new site builds on DXT’s extensive network reach across NSW providing customers with greater access to the New England Region from Sydney and Brisbane. The DXT facility will be able to support the industry demand and drive growth for the region supporting customers in the retail, agribusiness, and food and beverage industries. The new site features a secure yard and an awning for loading and unloading, offering maximum protection from weather for all freight.