The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-03-24T21:52:22Z Industry expert-led Liver Fluke roadshow concludes following NSW tour 2019-03-24T21:52:22Z industry-expert-led-liver-fluke-roadshow-concludes-following-nsw-tour Two industry experts have recently wrapped up a roadshow across NSW designed to highlight the importance of controlling two-week old fluke in sheep, beef and dairy production and the emerging problem of chemical resistance. Ms Jane Kelley, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences and Dr Matthew Ball, Technical Services Veterinarian at Virbac Animal Health toured regional NSW towns earlier this month to share their expertise and help cattle producers address liver fluke disease among their cattle. The roadshow covered everything from the latest global and local findings to new testing methods, how to build a FlukeKill program and how to integrate a fluke treatment with best-practice worm treatment – making it an invaluable forum for cattle producers and veterinarians to improve their knowledge and understanding of control methods for optimal cattle production. Beef and sheep producer Tony Overton was one of the farmers who attended the Walcha seminar. “We’ve always been very vigilant when it comes to these issues in sheep, but we’ve never looked at it being a major issue for cattle, even though we knew it was coming,” he said. “This seminar highlighted the three different application methods, with good explanations of the pros and cons of each, which was of great value to me. I found it very helpful to learn the science behind the best methods for controlling parasites and fluke in our cattle.” Beef producer Bill Mitchell said he attended the Armidale seminar because “we know we have issues with fluke and realise we should be doing more about it. It was great to hear from the experts and get reacquainted with the whole fluke issue – and it was also useful to make contact with the best people to help us. We already use Virbac products, and while our resellers often guide us with how and when to use the products, it’s good to hear a wider range of information on the topic. We will be seeking Virbac’s help as we implement a fixed program to help us run the farm more efficiently.” Virbac Australia’s Fluke Product Manager David Yang described the roadshow as a great success. “With autumn heralding the start of liver fluke season, now’s a critical time for graziers to address the disease among their cattle. Jane and Matthew have presented some really invaluable information to Australia’s industry professionals and cattle producers, and this has been a unique opportunity to learn the latest in fluke management from the experts. We hope it’s helped to inform Australian farmers on the best practices to safeguard their livestock and minimise the impact of this challenging disease.” Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Virbac Australia Fluke Roadshow Seminar Virbac Australia Representatives (Emma Dodd, David Yang, Matthew Ball, Jane Kelley) MEDIA ALERT: Pickles Hosts Mackay’s Massive March Industrial Equipment Sale (March 14 - 20) 2019-03-13T21:45:55Z media-alert-pickles-hosts-mackay-s-massive-march-industrial-equipment-sale-march-14-20 WHAT Australia’s largest industrial equipment auctioneer Pickles, will host six online auctions and one live auction on behalf of two Queensland behemoths in the construction and engineering sectors.   Stock has been sourced from Epoca Constructions (fleet rationalisation), a privatively owned and operated civil, structural, and mechanical engineering company, and Q H & M Birt, a family-owned delivery orientated construction contractor.    Millions of dollars’ worth of functional, high-quality fleet including portable buildings blocks, prime movers, dozers, loaders, trucks and trailers will be auctioned off, and stock has been grouped into the below auctions:   1.      Light Vehicles & Utilities Online Auction 2.      Truck & Trailer Online Auction 3.      Earth Moving & Mobile Plant Online Auction 4.      Cranes, Forklifts & Access Equipment Online Auction 5.      Containers & Portable Buildings Online Auction 6.      Mackay Light Industrial & Workshop Equipment Online Auction 7.      Major Earthmoving Equipment Auction   WHERE & WHEN ONLINE AUCTIONS (1-6) VIEWINGS All stock can be viewed by making an appointment, please call 1300 869 602.   AUCTIONS Thursday, 14 March 9am AEST to Wednesday, 20 March. Check the sale info, linked on each asset listing, for full details of the auction.   LISTING Please view listing here   LIVE AUCTION (7) VIEWINGS All stock can be viewed prior on Friday, 15 March 2019 and Monday, 18 March 2019 in person by appointment or online.    AUCTIONS  Tuesday, 19 March from 10am at Lot 12, Ron Searle Drive, Mackay Harbour.   LISTING Please view listings here.   For bidders unable to attend, Pickles offers an online bidding facility – Pickles Live – allowing bids to be placed Australia-wide in real time.  Interested parties are asked to register on the site prior.    ABOUT PICKLES Pickles is Australia’s leading marketplace for used vehicles, salvage, industrial, and general goods, offering thousands of quality assets every week at below-market prices.   With over 50 years’ experience selling on behalf of trusted vendors including government departments, major financial institutions, fleet, lease and insurance companies, and major corporate businesses, Pickles offers customers value, flexibility, and convenience.    ABOUT EPOCA CONSRUCTIONS Epoca Constructions is a privately owned and operated civil, structural, and mechanical engineering company established in 1970. Epoca Constructions is a highly valued contractor providing professional construction services to a wide client base.    ABOUT Q H & M BIRT Q H & M Birt is a well-known family owned civil and mining contracting company with over 40 years of experience in the industry. The business has grown to be a dynamic provider in the construction industry, managing a diverse range of projects Australia wide.     NMX, part of the National Group engaged by one of Australia’s leading OEMs as exclusive agency to manage sale of surplus CAT® parts and components 2019-03-12T00:19:26Z nmx-part-of-the-national-group-engaged-by-one-of-australias-leading-oems-as-exclusive-agency-to-manage-sale-of-surplus-cat-r-parts-and-components One of Australia’s leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) has engaged National Machinery Xchange (NMX), part of the National Group as the exclusive agency to manage the sale of surplus CAT® parts and components. This open market tender received a high level of applications, however NMX part of a larger group of companies known as the National Group secured this tender. NMX, part of the National Group is a leading valuation and auction house for the mining, energy, construction, transport and agricultural industries. NMX regularly holds auctions that caters for buyer and sellers, offering valuation services and finance options such as monthly instalments. “We are very happy to have won this tender, it is a testament to the flexibility of our approach – we don’t just offer services, we work with our clients to devise dynamic and appropriate solutions” explained Simon Brown, NMX General Manager. “NMX developed an appropriate sales and remarketing strategy that included traditional and digital marketing approaches. After evaluating our clients’ needs, we recommended the sale of assets on an ‘as is where is’ basis with the utilisation of the National Group’s wider industry network and communication vehicles. With NMX being part of the National Group of companies, we were also able to offer various benefits, efficiencies and therefore cost savings through complementary entities such as National Heavy Haulage”. “Our approach is not just to offer ‘exactly what it says on the tin’ but to work with clients to offer flexible solutions, something that our competitors are often unable to offer” suggests Mark Ackroyd, National Group Managing Director. “We take this approach for all of our entities such as National Plant & Equipment (NPE), NMX or any company that forms part of the National Group, which has been a key factor for our substantial growth”. Bid on CAT® parts NMX formally opened the tender campaign for the sale of CAT® parts and components on Friday 8th March 2019, with the call for offers ending on Friday 5th April 2019. CAT® parts are currently for sale on an ‘as is where is’ basis, with offers being facilitated through the NMX website. Click here to bid on CAT® parts and components. NMX - Further Information Click here for more information on NMX or subscribe via the NMX website to receive regular updates via email. Click here for more information on upcoming auctions. The next NMX Auction is scheduled for Wednesday 20th March 2019 in Yatala, Gold Coast QLD. For further information contact Simon Brown, National Machinery Xchange (NMX) General Manager on 0467 793 776 or Simon.Brown@nmxchange.com. Pristine Water Systems Launches in Perth 2019-03-12T00:06:27Z pristine-water-systems-launches-in-perth AS a passionate Western Australian, Craig Kerns was looking for a business opportunity that was unique yet provided a much needed service to his local community. In his search, he came across the Pristine Water Systems Franchise business on the east coast, and realised this was exactly what he was looking for.   Mr Kerns is Pristine Water Systems Australia's latest catch. He services the Western Australian regions surrounding Perth. From Lancelin in the north to Pickering Brook in the South, and west to Toodyay and the Perth Hills. And as the first Pristine Water Systems operator in WA, Craigs' goal is to provide services as far south as Bunbury.   Pristine Water Systems Australia provides water tank cleaning services and offers a wide range of water purification products and replacement filters and cartridges for homes, boats, caravans and restaurants.   We use a revolutionary water tank cleaning process called QuadClean™ for cleaning and sanitising stored water supplies in a wide range of domestic, rural and commercial situations. Our specialised cleaning process not only removes debris from the bottom of the tank, such as leaf mould, mud, animal faeces and carcasses, but we do so with minimal water loss and without the need to empty the entire tank. The water is then sanitised/disinfected, filtered and aerated to be pristine clear!   The self-professed down-to-earth operator, Craig loves a chat and is committed to his customers’ needs. But Mr Kerns stressed the often over-looked importance of clean tank water. "Our body relies heavily on clean, pure water for general good health and well-being," he said. "Tank cleaning is hugely important, the stuff I have pulled out of tanks you just wouldn't believe! Frogs, Snakes, Possums, even the family Cat! Roofs pick up anything and when you're in country areas there's also crop spraying and pesticides washed into tanks, then there're flying foxes, birds, rats, faeces - the list goes on."   "It's not high on people's priority list but (tank cleaning) is a necessity and inexpensive. People should probably be getting their tanks checked annually, and cleaned at least every 2 to 3 years"   Mr Kerns enjoys a relaxed lifestyle that involves spending time with his family and therefore urges everyone to live life to their fullest with clean, healthy water. He said water conservation was one of the most important topics for the region.   This has led to more water storage tanks being installed and a demand for pure drinking water that Mr Kerns is committed to being at the forefront for home, rural and commercial water purification in the region.   If a customer drinks rainwater, Pristine Water Systems Australia also offers a range of rainwater filtration and disinfection systems tailor-made to suit their needs.   Mr Kerns has worked for Pristine Water Systems Australia for few months now but said the franchise had been around since 2003.   To get in contact phone Craig Kerns on 0437 666 151.   For more information visit www.pristinewater.com.au.     Thumpa Italian ryegrass proves a valuable addition for Victorian beef operation 2019-03-11T22:04:37Z thumpa-italian-ryegrass-proves-a-valuable-addition-for-victorian-beef-operation Thumpa is a high yielding tetraploid Italian ryegrass ideal for rapid establishment and excellent autumn and winter yields – and for Victorian farmer John Underwood, it’s already proven to be an impressive addition to his pasture sowing program. John manages a 78-hectare property in Glenburn, and has recently begun using Thumpa Italian Ryegrass to fulfill the hay, silage and grazing requirements for the farm’s herd of black and red angus beef cattle. “Maintaining ideal condition score for our cattle is a major issue,” says John, “and this has resulted in an increased requirement for supplementary feeding. In the past we’ve bought in large amounts of supplements to help feed the stock – but it’s been part of our renovation program to reduce the need to buy in feed, and provide more available home-grown feed.” “Managing available feed on offer is a real challenge,” he explains. “The soil here has lower levels of fertility, which we’re currently correcting through the application of lime and a fertiliser program. The area is Selenium, Copper and Zinc deficient, so we’re topping up these with trace minerals.” John reports that the area is also challenged with hot summers and wet, often cold winters, as well as a grey/brown soil type with thick clay below. With previous Italian ryegrasses failing to meet John’s production expectations, it was decided to trial Thumpa. “It was recommended due to its rapid establishment and late maturity, and that’s been a key consideration for its use.” “We sowed it by direct drilling in late May, as part of a mix of varieties like brassica and clover, which will persist over the summer season and provide some additional feed,” he says. “The growth from Thumpa has been phenomenal,” says John. “It had still not gone to head by mid-November, and the cattle clearly found it highly palatable.” While Thumpa was initially sown for grazing, John also decided to see how it performed in silage production. “The first cut we baled resulted in an average of 5.77 tonnes dry matter per hectare,” he reports. In addition, John describes how the regrowth after cutting has been tremendous. “After cutting, there was a very useful fall of 40.5 mm of rain which assisted significantly in the regrowth.” “Thumpa has one of the best germination rates I’ve seen, and that, along with its growth rate, palatability for stock, and yield for both grazing and silage makes it pretty impressive.” Stephen Pasture Seeds Territory Manager Simon Hunt says that Thumpa is already proving itself to be a popular choice for the farmers he works with. “Many of the farmers who’ve used it speak glowingly about how well it’s performed, across a wide range of soil types and environments,” he reports. “It’s quick to establish, and it has a broad leaf, providing high quality feed. It stays leafy right up until it starts to go reproductive, so it’s good for both silage and hay. It also has early winter growth and provides good winter yields, and it has very good persistence into the second year.” John reports that “in this first year, Thumpa has been outstanding, and performed significantly better than other varieties we’ve used in the past. We’ve seen significant benefits from having fresh, high quality feed on hand, and that’s been the main advantage of using Thumpa. It’s definitely a variety I’d recommend.” For more information on Thumpa Italian Ryegrass, visit www.ausweststephenseeds.com.au - Ends - Contact: Kate Munsie, C7EVEN Communications, 02 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 Photo captions: Stephen Pasture Seeds Territory Manager Simon Hunt Thumpa Italian Ryegrass Paddock Advisory Board Centre launches Industry Advisory Board for the Food and Agriculture Sector 2019-03-01T03:55:41Z advisory-board-centre-launches-industry-advisory-board-for-the-food-and-agriculture-sector The Advisory Board Centre, the leading independent Industry Group for the business and advisory sector, today launched the Food and Agriculture Industry Advisory Board and announced its charter members. The Industry Advisory Board brings together an advisory team of qualified and highly respected industry experts with deep technical, operational and executive experience to help shape the Advisory Board Centre’s research, engagement and education strategy to support businesses and advisors within the Food and Agriculture sector. Key areas of focus include providing a practical pathway for Food and Agriculture businesses to increase competitiveness, empower faster innovation and drive economic impact through effective engagement with Advisors. Charter members of the Food and Agriculture Industry Advisory Board include: Mark L Wray B.Ag Sc, Solicitor, Fellow CPA , MAICD, Certified Chair Mark is the Chair of the Food and Agriculture Industry Advisory Board.  He is an experienced Agribusiness Executive with an outstanding track record in protein and fruit vertical supply chains, mergers and acquisitions, change management and working in Asia and America. Mark’s perspective on contemporary agribusiness is informed by current roles as Chairman of Arcadian Organic Meat, Advisory Board Member for McHenry Whiskey and Principal of Equip Lawyers.    Mark’s former executive roles within the Industry include CEO Craig Mostyn Group, CFO Steggles, GM Finance Prudential Pastoral Company and Wesfarmers Commercial Manager. Mark’s large scale direct experience includes Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Pork, Seafood production models, including genetics, breeding, grow out, feed mills, processing plants, rendering plants and logistics with ultimate supply to supermarkets, in Australia, Singapore and USA. Tony Hunter GAICD, Approved Advisor Tony is a Food Futurist and Innovation consultant for the AgriFood tech industries.  Drawing on his technical expertise in Food Technology and Microbiology, Tony is a leader in the Food and Beverage industry, helping companies thrive on technological change.  Tony is a Director of Beefbank, a charity established by the Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary Inc. to provide meat (usually beef) to Foodbank Australia. Tony’s former executive roles within the industry include GM National Food Service Australia, GM Foodpartners, Technical Manager for FJ Walker Foods and Quality Assurance Manager for Metro Quality Foods.  He was previously Laboratory Manager for McWilliams Wines.  Tony has consulted with clients ranging from KFC Global and Top Cut Foods through to emerging businesses in the food manufacturing space.  Tony is a highly sought after thought leader and speaker within the sector.  He has most recently led panels at AgriFuture evokeAG and the Alternative Protein Show in San Francisco. Jan Easton, Advisory Board Centre Chief Operating Officer Jan is a founding member & Certified Chair of the Advisory Board Centre. She is COO of the Group and chairs commercial Advisory Boards. She is the facilitator of the Advancing Women on Boards program in collaboration with the Queensland Government Advancing Women in Business initiative.   Jan has extensive domestic and international senior management experience in the franchise and professional services industries. Louise Broekman, Advisory Board Centre Founder & CEO Louise is an award winning Entrepreneur, researcher and business advisor.   Louise has received recognition from Industry and Government at a local and national level for her contribution to the Australian business sector.  In 2004, Louise established an Advisory Board for her own business which has provided her with first hand experience in how a well run Advisory Board can positively impact CEOs. Since 2012, Louise has served as Chair for commercial Advisory Boards.  She is an in-demand speaker and is regularly called upon as the leading voice for Advisory Boards in the Asia Pacific region. “As more businesses seek to leverage the experience and insights of professional Advisory Boards, it is vital that they are able to access best practice education and highly skilled advisors with an understanding of the dynamics of the sector.  We are delighted to welcome Mark and Tony to the Food and Agriculture Industry Advisory Board. Their guidance and insights will help shape our industry engagement strategy, bring outside-in expertise to our education strategy and help shape the continued success of the advisory sector going forward,” said Jan Easton, COO, Advisory Board Centre.  “As we empower and enhance the connection of more businesses to independent advisors through formalised advisory boards, the Industry Advisory Board helps us to deepen our understanding and connection within the Food and Agriculture ecosystem.  This enables the Advisory community to be more prepared to deliver value and meet the needs of business owners and executives within the sector.” Andrews Government needs to explain its role in timber industry crisis 2019-02-27T22:17:36Z andrews-government-needs-to-explain-its-role-in-timber-industry-crisis The Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) has called on the Victorian Government to fully explain why it is refusing to release pre-designated wood production forest to the timber industry. Mark Poynter, a Fellow of the IFA in Victoria said, ‘Victorian Premier Andrews’ explanation that the delay in releasing this timber is due to the importance of “following the process to get the planning right” is hard to fathom, given that the Timber Release Plan has been ready for signing since before last November’s state election. ‘Furthermore, the Government already has another long-term process underway – the RFA Modernisation Project – which is meant to be assessing the future management of Victoria’s native forest timber production. ‘Under these circumstances, we would expect timber production to continue while this review was conducted. Stopping an industry dead in its tracks while formulating a strategy for its future is unprecedented and guaranteed to create an employment crisis for regions and rural communities. ‘In the absence of any explanation, it can only be assumed that the Andrews Government is happy to effectively cripple the livelihoods of several thousand rural Victorians to appease trendy, ideological opposition to forestry that has been shaped by decades of misinformation. The Andrews’ Government’s actions are at odds with the Premier’s claim that "The Government's position is not to be playing politics with these industries, these jobs and these communities’”, said Mark. If this continues, the forced closure of Victoria’s native forest timber industry will have far-reaching consequences beyond the devastating loss of rural jobs. The industry’s experienced bush workforce and their equipment have, for generations, been integral to managing the threat to Victorian forests posed by severe bushfires. Only weeks ago, forestry and timber industry workforces combined with government agencies to extinguish a major fire in the Thomson catchment which had potential to seriously damage Melbourne’s water supply. Native forest timber production is clearly a vexed issue for the Andrews Government which appears to be beholden to eco-activist claims that are at best dubious or wrong. In fact, for every dry tonne of timber produced, 1.8 tonnes of carbon dioxide is taken from the atmosphere. This carbon remains ‘locked up’ for the life of the wood, even when it is used for building products or furniture, helping to offset global greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, timber production is highly regulated and limited to a minor 6% portion of the state’s public forests. If this was more widely recognised, the IFA believes that most Victorians would support our native forest timber industry, especially given the continuing strong demand for hardwood products.   Trace mineral trial continues to deliver compelling data to support its efficacy 2019-02-27T06:16:22Z trace-mineral-trial-continues-to-deliver-compelling-data-to-support-its-efficacy Seven livestock producers are currently competing in the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, designed to test the livestock benefits of Multimin, an injection used to top up trace minerals in sheep and cattle prior to high demand periods. Led by animal health company Virbac Australia, the 12-month program will highlight the effects of the mineral injection, delivering real results by real producers. The challengers are competing to be crowned the Multimin Challenger King or Queen – and it will be the public who will ultimately decide the winner when voting opens online in April. The winner will be announced in May 2019 and awarded an ‘experience of lifetime’ prize, specifically tailored to their farming system. The latest challenger to reveal their results is Victorian challenger Renee Murfett, who together with husband Alister operates two dairy farms in Framlingham, Victoria. Their 145-hectare “Springlea” property has 220 Friesian Red Dairy milking cows, while their second 183-hectare farm “Merton Park” has 250 Friesian Red Dairy cows. Renee’s goal has been to increase the immunity, health and productivity of her calves. With five heifers previously lost due to broken legs, Renee’s stock were believed to have suboptimal levels of trace minerals – making Multimin’s animal health program a great opportunity to see the impact of the trace mineral supplement on livestock health and performance. As part of the trial, 210 animals (105 treated and 105 untreated ‘control’ animals) were used to assess improvements in immunity, indicated by a reduction in disease and with the potential for improved growth. The treated group were given Multimin 4 in 1 trace mineral injection for cattle at 1mL/ 50kg at birth, and again at weaning (around 12 weeks of age), and data was collected relating to incidence of scours or disease, presence of illness or death, growth rate and general health. Renee observed some marked differences between the two groups at key stages of development. “The first signs appeared very early on,” she reports. “At just four days of age, we found that only the non-treated calves developed scours. Then by day seven, we began to see visual improvements in the Multimin-treated calves, which had darker, shinier coats compared to the non-treated animals.” Renee’s mentor Dr Susan Swaney explains the significance of that finding. “The coat is an indicator of how well the skin and other physical barriers are. These being the first line of defence, animals with healthy skin and mucous membranes are less likely to be invaded by disease,” she explains. “Improved immune function means improved future productivity, and this type of program while calves are undergoing a growth phase and developing muscle, cartilage and bone will ensure they’re given the best possible start to life.” Renee also observed that when calves were transitioned onto hard feed, stock from both groups developed scouring – but while some of the control animals went off their feed for two to three days, the Multimin-treated animals continued to feed well. As Susan explains, “we know the importance of the trace minerals in Multimin in the development of all stages of the immune system. Optimisation of trace elements at critical time points can provide better disease protection and in some cases improved weight gains, to give young animals the best beginning at what is a critical time in development.” To find out more about how Multimin can improve your livestock performance, contact your local Virbac representative on 1800 242 100. Farmers can also follow the trials at www.multiminchallenge.com - Ends - Contact: Kate Munsie, C7EVEN Communications, 0421 935 843 / 02 6766 4513 Photo caption: Renee Murfett with mentor Dr Susan Swaney Renee’s Multimin treated calves Chook Chat Blog – Take a (’Virtual’) Tour of an Australian Chicken Farm 2019-02-26T21:45:43Z chook-chat-blog-take-a-virtual-tour-of-an-australian-chicken-farm-1 Chook Chat Blog – Take a (’Virtual’) Tour of an Australian Chicken Farm To keep you informed please see a link to this month's 'Chook Chat', the blog for the Australian Chicken Meat Industry, and a post by Executive Director, Dr Vivien Kite. Ever wondered what a meat chicken farm looks like, particularly from the inside? Or wondered about what a chicken farmer does on a daily basis? While it’s not possible or practical to offer everyone the opportunity to physically visit a meat chicken farm - for a start, not everyone is located near to where chicken farms might be, and the strict biosecurity requirements and protocols involved in visitors getting on to farms make it unrealistic for most – it’s now possible to take a ‘virtual’ tour of an Australian chicken farm. The direct link to the post is https://bit.ly/2BRiTig or visit the Chook Chat blog on www.chicken.org.au. Blog updates are also communicated via the ACMF twitter channel (@ACMFchicken). About the ACMF The Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF) is the peak body of Australia’s chicken meat industry, representing both growers and processors. Its members are the five State Chicken Meat Councils (NSW, VIC, QLD, SA and WA), the Australian Chicken Growers’ Council and the Australian Poultry Industries Association. Its blog 'Chook Chat' is aimed at providing an insight into the way the chicken industry does things and why – it is not intended to promote products, but to provide the facts. For more information about Australian Chicken Meat Federation, visit http://www.chicken.org.au/ Media inquiries contact: Quay Communications, Emma Norgrove, M: 0499 688 001, T: 02 9386 9161, emma@quaycommunications.com.au - ENDS - Industry expert-led Liver Fluke Roadshow set to tour NSW 2019-02-25T05:50:21Z industry-expert-led-liver-fluke-roadshow-set-to-tour-nsw Autumn means liver fluke season, so right now is a critical time for graziers to address liver fluke disease among their cattle. Around six million cattle graze Australian pastures where liver fluke is endemic*, and although it’s been a dry summer, experts warn cattle producers not to become complacent in the lead up to Autumn and consider the best strategies to protect their livestock. Next week, two industry experts will kick-off a roadshow across NSW to highlight the importance of controlling two-week old fluke in beef and dairy production. Ms Jane Kelley, PhD Candidate, Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences and Dr Matthew Ball, Veterinarian, Technical Services Veterinarian at Virbac Animal Health will tour regional NSW towns from March 4 - 13 to share their expertise. It’s being described as a great opportunity for cattle producers and veterinarians to improve their knowledge and understanding of control methods for optimal cattle production. Jane completed an Associate Degree in Environmental Horticulture at the University of Melbourne, a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science with Honours, at La Trobe University and is currently completing a PhD. Based at Melbourne’s Centre for AgriBioscience, her research focuses on the epidemiology and management of liver fluke parasites in cattle. Jane has been quantifying the prevalence of liver fluke and drug resistance on dairy farms in Victoria, and is now optimising liver fluke control strategies. “My aim is to increase the productivity and profitability of cattle industries by reducing the detrimental impacts liver fluke has on production, weight gain and fertility in Australian cattle,” she says. Matthew has 18 years experience helping cattle farmers in a range of clinical, advisory and research roles, with jobs in clinical practice, government and industry. He has undertaken post-graduate 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. “We’ll be presenting nine seminars on the roadshow, which will cover the latest global and local findings, new testing methods, how to build a FlukeKill program and how to integrate a fluke treatment with best-practice worm treatment,” says Matthew. “We’re really looking forward to sharing our knowledge, and helping both producers and vets to take the necessary steps to safeguard livestock.” “We’re excited to be hosting Ms Kelley and Dr Ball,” says Virbac Australia’s Fluke Product Manager David Yang. “They’ll present some really invaluable information to Australia’s industry professionals and cattle producers, and this is a unique opportunity to learn the latest in fluke management from the experts.” Please note: this is an invitation-only event. Please contact your local Virbac Australia representative or your local Virbac merchandise store for more information on how to attend. Seminar itinerary: Date Location Time Monday, 4th March Glen Innes Services Club 6pm Dinner provided. Tuesday, 5th March Armidale Golf Club, Armidale 7am. Breakfast and refreshments provided. Wednesday, 6th March Walcha Veterinary Supplies, Walcha 7.30am. Breakfast and refreshments provided. Thursday, 7th March Hill & Crofts CRT, Blayney 8.30am. Breakfast provided. Thursday, 7th March Orange Duntryleague, Orange 6:30pm. Food and refreshments provided. Friday, 8th March Elders, Cowra 8am. Refreshments provided. Monday, 11th March Adelong Services & Citizens Club, Adelong 5pm. Food and refreshments provided. Tuesday, 12th March The Services Club, Braidwood 5pm. Food and refreshments provided. Wednesday, 13th March Bombala Golf Club, Bombala 5pm. Food and refreshments provided. Ends * NSW Government Department of Primary Industries; March 2017, Primefact 446, fourth edition. Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Ms Jane Kelley Dr Matthew Ball Knight Italian ryegrass pays off for one Ballarat farmer 2019-02-23T03:32:13Z knight-italian-ryegrass-pays-off-for-one-ballarat-farmer Knight Italian ryegrass is demonstrating its ability to deliver outstanding growth and performance for farmers across Australia. The fast-establishing Italian diploid variety is being embraced by farmers like Graham Fagg, who first began using Knight as part of his pasture renovation program. Having recently learned about some of the benefits, he decided to trial it as a winter grazing crop in a couple of his paddocks, with what he describes as “great success”. Graham runs 5,000 cross breed merino sheep on 600 hectares just south east of Ballarat. Since buying the land five years ago he’s done extensive renovation work, fixing paddocks that were fairly run down, with poor quality grasses and low soil fertility, as well as developing some country that hadn’t even been touched. Graham explains how he faces a variety of other challenges, including loamy, sandy soil, ongoing issues with worm burdens and a climate that’s often cold and dry. “We’ve also had some challenging years where we didn't get an autumn break, which means we try and get our grazing crops in a lot earlier than usual,” he says. Graham sowed about 48 hectares with Knight Italian ryegrass across two paddocks in autumn 2018. “It only needed minimum tillage, and we used an air seeder, sowing with a seven-inch spacing alongside MAP fertiliser at about 100kg per hectare,” he says. “We also put it in on its own, with no irrigation.” Graham chose Knight mainly because of its grazing tolerance, and he describes how it was a lot quicker to establish than other varieties he’d used. “It seemed to hang on very well. It’s done an exceptional job so far. We had about 500 ewes and lambs on it, and it’s really lived up to its reputation as a solid grazing crop.” “We’ve seen a number of benefits already,” he continues. “It’s definitely improved our livestock nutrition. The stock always look healthy and they’ve gained good weight. It’s also got great palatability, and the vigorous growth has been incredible. I couldn't get over how much it just kept growing, even through the colder months. We had a little bit of capeweed, and a few red legged earth mites, but they didn't seem to stop the ryegrass at all.” For Stephen Pasture Seeds Territory Manager Michael Grant, Knight is setting the benchmark for Italian ryegrasses, and for a number of reasons. “Knight is very quick to establish and can be over-sown into old thinned out old pastures improving these paddocks dramatically. A good tip is to sow early and get your seed Kickstart® treated to protect the seedlings from Red legged earth mite and other insect pests” he says. “With the right preparation, Knight’s growth through winter is exceptional,” says Michael. “Its high winter activity is its main claim to fame, and its ability to recover and regrow after grazing is excellent – and in a good season, you can also get a second cut later in the spring.” “The stock carrying ability is outstanding with this grass, particularly for both live weight gain and milk production. It's a very high-quality grass, making it highly beneficial for livestock nutrition.” “This season in particular has been extremely dry, and with hay reserves down and grain costs being so high, it’s never been more important to grow your own feed on farm,” he points out. Graham says that his Knight Italian ryegrass paddocks have been able to carry his ewes right through winter and into spring, which is no mean feat considering the late autumn break and cold conditions last winter. With its ability to come back, Graham is also impressed by Knight’s regrowth – one of the key benefits to many of farmers who use it. “I’ve already had four grazings off it, compared to around two by this same point, when I used other grasses,” he reports. “I’m a great advocate of this ryegrass,” he concludes, “mainly because it performs so much better. You can get fantastic growth off it and potentially feed a lot of stock, even on a small area. We’re hoping we can get just as good a result from it next year.” For more information on Knight Italian Ryegrass, visit www.ausweststephenseeds.com.au - Ends - Contact: Kate Munsie, C7EVEN Communications, 02 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 Photo Captions: Greame and Heather Fagg in their Knight Italian Ryegrass Paddock Michael Grant, Stephen Pasture Seeds Territory Manager Virbac Australia announces the winner of their latest Cydectin LA testimonial competition 2019-02-22T00:39:40Z virbac-australia-announces-the-winner-of-their-latest-cydectin-la-testimonial-competition-1 With internal parasite infestation being the single most important disease faced by Australia’s red meat producers, animal health company Virbac Australia recently decided to run a testimonial competition across social media to discover the impact of their parasite product Cydectin Long Acting for Cattle on farms around Australia. The product is known for its unbeatable potency and persistency, and it provides the longest protection available against a range of internal and external parasites, including worms – but rather than just take Virbac’s word for it, the manufacturer asked Cydectin LA users to tell their own stories on their Facebook page. Customers were asked to share how the product improved productivity and profitability, saved labour and helped heifers and weaners to reach optimal weight earlier. One entrant would be the lucky winner of a Leicht's Stockman Pro-Chute worth $7,000, while the store with the winning entrant would also receive a donation of $1,000 to go to a nominated local charity. In addition, everyone who entered won a free pack of Cydectin Long Acting for Cattle. Virbac Australia recently announced the overall winner as cattle grazier David Ross from Wollomombi, east of Armidale, NSW, and he was recently the delighted recipient of a brand new Leicht’s Stockman Pro-Chute. David summarised his experience using Cydectin Long Acting for Cattle as follows: “We began using Cydectin LA in our weaners 4 years ago. We wean around 500 head in March every year and we immediately noticed the difference LA was making. We were no longer seeing any wormy cattle in mid-winter and the visual difference in our weaners with no tail present was a very obvious benefit. Since using LA we have been getting our replacement heifers to joining weights quicker, this product has been great for our business.” GrazAg Armidale was announced as the winning store, with Virbac Australia donating $1,000 to their chosen charity, BackTrack. The charity enables young people who have lost their way to reconnect with education and training, become work-ready and secure meaningful employment. The youth they work with are mostly rural males aged 12 to 19 who have multiple and complex challenges in education, health, justice, housing and employment. BackTrack helps these young people to get back on track by developing strong, happy and healthy foundations that result in positive life pathways and full participation in their communities, and Virbac Australia is proud to be able to contribute to this worthwhile cause. When it comes to a parasite management program, Virbac Technical Services Manager Matt Ball says that Autumn is always a strategic time to control cattle parasites such as worms and ticks. “Numbers of parasites are often at a high level and a highly effective Autumn drench will not only remove the current parasites but reduce overall paddock contamination. An Autumn treatment with Cydectin Long Acting for Cattle will strategically reduce the risk from highly contaminated pastures and avoid the need for repeat drench treatments. Autumn use of Cydectin LA can often be timed to a pre-weaning or weaning time drench.” Matt continues, “Independent research has proven that single strategic use of Cydectin LA in growing stock will lead to much higher productivity than multiple short acting drenches. The vaccine is changing the approach to the control of worms and cattle ticks in Australia. Used strategically, the product can deliver improved productivity, animal welfare, labor efficiency and resistance management.” To find out why there’s nothing like Cydectin LA, farmers are encouraged to talk to their local rural supplier. For more information, visit au.virbac.com. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Cydectin LA testimonial winner, David Ross with his new Leicht’s Stockman Pro-Chute Virbac Technical Services Manager Matt Ball Virbac Australia announces the winner of their latest Cydectin LA testimonial competition 2019-02-21T23:44:21Z virbac-australia-announces-the-winner-of-their-latest-cydectin-la-testimonial-competition With internal parasite infestation being the single most important disease faced by Australia’s red meat producers, animal health company Virbac Australia recently decided to run a testimonial competition across social media to discover the impact of their parasite product Cydectin Long Acting for Cattle on farms around Australia. The product is known for its unbeatable potency and persistency, and it provides the longest protection available against a range of internal and external parasites, including worms – but rather than just take Virbac’s word for it, the manufacturer asked Cydectin LA users to tell their own stories on their Facebook page. Customers were asked to share how the product improved productivity and profitability, saved labour and helped heifers and weaners to reach optimal weight earlier. One entrant would be the lucky winner of a Leicht's Stockman Pro-Chute worth $7,000, while the store with the winning entrant would also receive a donation of $1,000 to go to a nominated local charity. In addition, everyone who entered won a free pack of Cydectin Long Acting for Cattle. Virbac Australia recently announced the overall winner as cattle grazier David Ross from Wollomombi, east of Armidale, NSW, and he was recently the delighted recipient of a brand new Leicht’s Stockman Pro-Chute. David summarised his experience using Cydectin Long Acting for Cattle as follows: “We began using Cydectin LA in our weaners 4 years ago. We wean around 500 head in March every year and we immediately noticed the difference LA was making. We were no longer seeing any wormy cattle in mid-winter and the visual difference in our weaners with no tail present was a very obvious benefit. Since using LA we have been getting our replacement heifers to joining weights quicker, this product has been great for our business.” GrazAg Armidale was announced as the winning store, with Virbac Australia donating $1,000 to their chosen charity, BackTrack. The charity enables young people who have lost their way to reconnect with education and training, become work-ready and secure meaningful employment. The youth they work with are mostly rural males aged 12 to 19 who have multiple and complex challenges in education, health, justice, housing and employment. BackTrack helps these young people to get back on track by developing strong, happy and healthy foundations that result in positive life pathways and full participation in their communities, and Virbac Australia is proud to be able to contribute to this worthwhile cause. When it comes to a parasite management program, Virbac Technical Services Manager Matt Ball says that Autumn is always a strategic time to control cattle parasites such as worms and ticks. “Numbers of parasites are often at a high level and a highly effective Autumn drench will not only remove the current parasites but reduce overall paddock contamination. An Autumn treatment with Cydectin Long Acting for Cattle will strategically reduce the risk from highly contaminated pastures and avoid the need for repeat drench treatments. Autumn use of Cydectin LA can often be timed to a pre-weaning or weaning time drench.” Matt continues, “Independent research has proven that single strategic use of Cydectin LA in growing stock will lead to much higher productivity than multiple short acting drenches. The vaccine is changing the approach to the control of worms and cattle ticks in Australia. Used strategically, the product can deliver improved productivity, animal welfare, labor efficiency and resistance management.” To find out why there’s nothing like Cydectin LA, farmers are encouraged to talk to their local rural supplier. For more information, visit au.virbac.com. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Cydectin LA testimonial winner, David Ross with his new Leicht’s Stockman Pro-Chute Virbac Technical Services Manager Matt Ball OZTENT LAUNCHES NEW FOXWING RANGE 2019-02-19T02:42:11Z oztent-launches-new-foxwing-range Always toiling to create better equipment, so you can have better adventures, we’re thrilled to announce the release of our latest FOXWING range of vehicle awnings and accessories. The new series will be available in store from Monday 25 February 2019. The OZTENT Group first created FOXWING, now one of the leading names in retractable vehicle awnings, back in 2008. “We were so inspired by the wings of our native flying foxes that we engineered a product which would replicate their durability, flexibility and functionality, hence its unique patented design and the name.”, explains Isaac Viglione, Marketing Manager, The OZTENT Group. The new FOXWING series borrows from the success of the original range but adds some new features to make them easier and faster to use. The range includes: 270o Awning [RRP $879] – this patented design is engineered to deliver maximum shade with absolute ease. Its FAST™ setup system allows a single person to erect this expansive shade in seconds. Made from ModCan™ fabric [highly durable, UV protected, waterproof and mould resistant] it has zippered edges you can set up a whole camp site from one awning. 270o Tapered Awning Extension [RRP $199] – to provide even more cover on wet and windy days, or a little more space for shady storage we’ve got it covered. Simply zip a tapered extension to your FOXWING 270o Awning and peg as required. Buy four and create your own palace off the side of your vehicle. 270o Awning Extension [RRP $249] – sold as a set of two walls that can be quickly zipped the FOXWING 270o Awning this extension delivers protection from the elements on two sides or can be raised to extend your shade. FOXWING TAGALONG TENT [RRP $699] – with the unique ability of being able to attach to any brand of awning in the market, this tagalong delivers all the ease of an OZTENT and its ESTS™ system sees it up in seconds. Comfortably sleeping four people, it is a standalone tent, meaning that you can, simply unzip it from the awning, peg in the guy ropes and drive off adventuring. For more information on the new FOXWING Series by The OZTENT Group visit http://www.oztent.com.au or any reputable camping, outdoors or auto store. ~ ENDS ~ ABOUT OZTENT GROUP: The OZTENT Group was founded over 20 years ago by Australian inventor Joe Viglione who, so frustrated while pitching a conventional tent, invented one that took just 30 seconds to pitch. Affectionately named 'the marriage saver' by Joe, the rest of Australia knows it as the Oztent RV Range. The Oztent Group remains an Australian owned and operated family-business, providing Australian and international adventurers with a range of tents and outdoor furniture and accessories, designed to create an awesome camping experience. The Oztent Group opened operations in the USA in 2014. ABOUT THE ORIGINAL 30 SECOND TENT: Oztent is the original, patented 30-second tent. Its unique internal frame and hinge-mechanism eliminated the need (and time) required to thread poles to keep the tent up. Along with its innovative design, Oztent also features heavy-duty materials to withstand harsh Australian conditions. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Including images or video assets, a product for photography or trial, and interviews with a camping expert from the Oztent team, please contact: Isacc Viglione isaac.viglione@oztent.com or Michael Locke 0438-076-904 | michael@locke.com.au Shooting the messenger 2019-02-18T22:38:48Z shooting-the-messenger Dear Editor, "Shooting the messenger" has been a popular sport for at least 2,000 years (although back then, Plutarch tells us, the messenger would be decapitated for bringing bad news). Australia kept up the absurd tradition of shooting the messenger this week when WA Labor MP Lisa Baker stated the undeniable fact that "meat-eating men produced more greenhouse gas emissions than vegan women”. She was shouted down by lobbying groups like the Pastoralists and Graziers Association and WAFarmers, as well as their spokesperson, the Federal Agriculture Minister. As a man who, twenty years ago, used to eat a lot of meat, I can only concur with Ms Baker’s statement. Recent research shows the enormous carbon footprint of animal agriculture – it provides just 18% of calories but takes up 83% of farmland. The most comprehensive analysis ever done of the damage farming does to the planet, covering 38,700 farms in 119 countries, found that without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the US, China, the European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world. Science shows that eliminating meat is the best way to reduce food's environmental impacts. It would allow reforestation, significantly reduce a range of human health problems – from obesity and diabetes to heart disease, strokes and certain types of cancer – and save billions of animals from lives of terror and agonising deaths. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 desmondb@peta.org.au