The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-06-06T01:30:40Z Sheep farmer grateful for $20K tax write-off to improve farm productivity 2017-06-06T01:30:40Z sheep-farmer-grateful-for-20k-tax-write-off-to-improve-farm-productivity Illabo sheep producer, Peter Belling, has capitalised on the Federal Government’s highly popular tax write off for equipment purchases valued up to $20,000, by purchasing a Clipex Sheep Handler before the end of financial year. The business-savvy cereal crop and sheep producer, who runs “Dundoo Hills” with his wife and son, said the tax break was a big incentive. “I’ve been studying sheep handlers for the past three years and the benefits of each model,” Peter said. “The machine itself was $19K without the scales, but it will be worth it. If the incentive is there, you might as well be improving the farm – you don’t want to be working with old gear all the time.” Peter purchased the Clipex Sheep Handler in March to meet the end-of-financial year deadline. “I was looking to save time and man power. We buy wethers or lambs every few months and then fatten them up and turn them off and get another lot, so for us the Sheep Handler has a dual purpose” Peter explained. “As we speak I am shifting sheep onto grazing canola and grazing wheat and they will stay here until we shut these paddocks up at the end of June and then we’ll harvest in October.” The high turnover of stock is labour intensive, with Peter man-handling a lot of sheep during his 35 years on the property. “I’ve purchased 1,500 wethers in the past few weeks and, when they arrive, I weigh and sort them into their weight category,” Peter said. “Yesterday I vaccinated, drenched and drafted 700 wethers by myself with two dogs using the Clipex Sheep Hander.” Peter said prior to purchasing the machine the same task would have taken him one and a half days. “I would have to run them up a draft onto a set on scales and then release them and then go back and get another one. I did have a reasonable system before, but nowhere near as good as this,” Peter explained. “I’ve only had it for a couple of months, but I can do jobs now that used to take two people and I am saving my shoulders – I don’t have to man-handle sheep up and down a race.” Peter believes his ability to easily and accurately weigh his flock will improve their bottom line. “We will be able to improve profitability as we will be able to calculate accurately how long it has taken for the sheep to put on weight,” Peter said. “It will be worth it. If I bought 1,000 wethers and made $20 a head I will make my money back.” The federal government have extended their $20,000 instant asset tax write-off scheme for another 12 months. Businesses with an annual turnover of up $10 million will now have until June 30, 2018, to immediate deduct eligible assets up to the value of $20,000. Please refer to the Clipex website (www.clipex.com.au) for more information about their innovative Clipex Sheep Handler, including explainer videos. Ends For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Accurate weighing of ewes critical to improve profits 2017-05-29T02:30:15Z accurate-weighing-of-ewes-critical-to-improve-profits Accurate weighing of ewes critical to improve profits Like most experienced sheep producers, Damon Soster has a good eye for judging the weight of a moving merino ewe, but he says his farm profitability has increased dramatically since using the Clipex Sheep Handler to weigh his flock. The Cassilis farmer runs a 5,500 hectare Hereford Stud, “Dalkeith”, in the Upper Hunter Valley, where 500 commercial cows and 8,000 merino ewes enjoy a generous, annual rainfall of 610 mm. “We used to just eyeball the sheep, but to be able to get accurate weights quickly and efficiently pays for itself - it just takes the guess work out of it,” explained Damon. “The Clipex Sheep Handler is fantastic for weighing – it is so efficient. One person and two good dogs can manage the whole process – you could weigh 550 / 600 in an hour if you are having a good run.” Damon said he purchased the Clipex Sheep Handler two years ago to decrease labour costs. “Labour costs are our biggest challenge. In our district the mines take a lot of the casual labour – even kids coming out of school want 10 or 20 times what we used to pay,” Damon said. “With the Clipex Sheep Handler you’re saving money on having people during those peak times and you’re making good money at the end of it having a good line to sell.” The innovative farmer said he trusts the Clipex brand, since first using the Clipex fencing system to erect fences throughout his property seven years ago. “I am constantly looking at innovation. I am a big believer in moving forward, rather than doing things how we have for the past 30 or 40 years,” Damon said. “The two main challenges for us in the fencing system were labour and longevity. A lot of the other products on the market are very labour intensive and you could see the other products were wearing out after 10 years.” Damon said he first saw the Clipex Fencing System at a field day and knew it would save time. “I liked the formulation of the clip. I knew it would be a labour saver and, having used the product now for eight years, it proved that it was,” Damon said. “Once we got the fences up and erected, I haven’t done anything to the fences at all. We have a kangaroo and feral pig problem here and it has stood up to that really well and the maintenance is minimal.” Damon said the products have also improved on-farm safety. “With any of these new technologies it makes life easier and takes away that hard labour component - the Clipex fencing system is not back breaking,” Damon explained. “The old technology in weigh crates resulted in jammed fingers. For keeping staff morale, if you are running things more efficiently and safely then people are happier. And, if it’s not hard on your back and your fingers, it just makes things safer.” The after-sales service has also been impressive. “I think an important thing with this company is that it is family-owned - you can talk directly to the people who are innovative and making the products. It’s a massive plus and driver for me to use the products,” Damon explained. “I’ve used their products for eight years and I have promoted their products to other producers in the region. I’m not afraid to preach it at all – they are great products.” Please refer to the Clipex website (www.clipex.com.au) for more information about their revolutionary fencing products and the Clipex Sheep Handler, including explainer videos. Ends For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Hero cow that took ‘unbelievable’ swim through NSW floodwater receives mineral reward 2017-05-11T01:30:27Z hero-cow-that-took-unbelievable-swim-through-nsw-floodwater-receives-mineral-reward Hero cow that took ‘unbelievable’ swim through NSW floodwater receives mineral reward A pregnant cow that survived a massive swim through floodwaters on the NSW north coast has received a free health boost following the awe-inspiring effort. The Angus-cross cow, known as Debbie, became a local hero in April after managing to swim from Lismore to Ballina during the recent floods that ravaged parts of the state’s north. What made Debbie’s effort all the more remarkable was that she was heavily pregnant at the time. In the wake of the incredible story, animal health company Virbac Australia has administered Debbie with Multimin - an injectable source of zinc, manganese, copper and selenium – to help get her back to full health following the incredible ordeal. Virbac also administered drench, vaccine and other medication free of charge, to the rest of farmer Tony Ivey's cattle at his Gundurimba property, east of Lismore, which was hard hit by the floods. Virbac’s technical vet Dr Matthew Ball administered the free nutrition injections on Monday, 8 May 2017. Mr Ivey said Debbie, and his other remaining Brangus cattle, would benefit from the vet’s visit to the farm. “The length of time that Debbie spent in the water is unreal. It’s a long time in the water, days and days. It was just unbelievable that she made it out okay,” he said. “She floated 70 kilometers down the river before being found and has been struggling a bit since, so it great to give her a boost.” Dr Ball said like the rest of the community, he had been amazed by Debbie’s superhuman effort. “We heard about Debbie’s story of the swimming cow and it really struck a chord with us. We thought we could help given she was stressed, in late gestation, and looked very copper deficient.,” Dr Ball said. “We are excited about helping her and the rest of Tony’s remaining cattle with Multimin as it can help improve all of those things as it assists to top up trace minerals close to high demand periods.” Multimin significantly and quickly lifts the trace mineral status of cattle and is ideal for events like joining, calving, marking, and weaning when nutrition demand increases. It helps provide trace minerals essential for optimal health, production and fertility and is delivered via a water-based injection. - Ends – Photo caption: Dr Matthew Ball, Technical Veterinarian with Virbac Australia injects Tony Ivey's cattle with Multimin_8.5.2017. Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of pet care products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. Revolutionising the livestock industry, one fence at a time 2017-05-08T03:30:52Z revolutionising-the-livestock-industry-one-fence-at-a-time With demand for exclusion fencing at historic levels, Australian family-owned and run company Clipex is leading the challenge to make it easier and more cost effective to install – and further, its innovative range of livestock handling products is revolutionising the industry. Clipex fencing technology replaces traditional ‘hole in the post’ fencing with an advanced and yet extremely simple ‘slot and clip system’. It effectively eliminates the need for tie-clips or tie wire, instead enabling farmers to simply clip in their wires. Being incredibly strong and easy to install, Clipex fencing is guaranteed to be the fastest and most secure method of attaching fence wires into a fence post, while at the same time drastically reducing labour and material costs. Clipex fences are at least 10 times faster to attach the wires than traditional tying off methods, and their Y posts are the largest and strongest available. Most importantly, they require much less energy to install wires to, and can easily be used by anyone, even children. As founder of Clipex Ashley Olsson explains, the idea came from what he describes as a “divine revelation” that occurred while driving back to his family farm in Goulburn. “Back in 2007, I saw an elderly farmer trying to pull down an old rusty fence by the side of Crookwell Road. I felt for him, and I uttered a simple prayer – “God I feel for that man, there must be a better way to fence”. A few minutes later I received the answer to that simple prayer – and it was crystal clear. As soon as I arrived home I drew up the mechanism that I had seen, and soon after, we lodged our first patent – and it all just snowballed from there.” The Olsson family has a long history serving rural and regional communities, beginning with their salt block business that originated back in the late 1940s in a shed just west of Parramatta. This was the first pressed salt block produced in Australia to contain a range of minerals, and it was also the forerunner of all multi-nutrient blocks produced in Australia since then. They’ve been at the forefront of farming innovation and technology ever since, and their fencing products have a variety of patented technologies, all designed to reduce cost, improve worker safety, reduce workload, and minimise the stresses and strains of physical labour that are so common in the farming industry. This year Clipex is celebrating 10 years of business. They now have 62 employees in Australia with eight of their own Clipex sales and service outlets and they also employ 180 staff in China – and they offer a huge range of fencing and stockyard products, from post & wire fencing, end assemblies, gates and accessories, automated cattle and sheep handling equipment, crushes and yards. They’re driven by a passion for innovation, and for Ashley, it’s the special features on products such as their heavy-duty cattle crush range that sets them apart. “Our patented rattle-free latch makes opening the door extremely easy – yet it’s quiet enough that there’s no noise to spook the animals.” And their most recent patent covers a revolutionary rotary cattle tub, that requires less workers to handle more stock WITHOUT being inside the enclosures WITH THE STOCK vastly improving worker health and safety and operating efficiency What’s also unique is the company’s belief in making products that will last a lifetime, as Ashley explains: “We don’t believe in what is referred to as ‘in-built obsolescence’. We aim to maximise the life of our products, for example our heavy-duty cattle crush is designed to last a very long time. Its components are hot dipped galvanized after construction, and made from very strong steel, so they won’t rust or wear out easily, and it can be serviced very easily and cost-effectively. The business is continuing to invest in efficiency-focused innovation, developing new patents, more efficient manufacturing facilities and new technologies such as manufacturing robots designed to help to automate production lines. Ashley’s original vision to help farmers and their families with affordable innovation is now “going Global”. Clipex has been sold in North and South America, the UK, Scandinavia, Africa, Malaysia, Germany, Ireland and France. Yet for Ashley, the core reason for the business remains the same as it’s always been as he explains. “While innovation costs a lot of money, and we of course need to turn a profit in order to continue operating, at our heart is a desire to deliver affordable innovation for every farmer, so that we can help lift burdens from as many people as possible”. We get a lot of satisfaction from helping farmers and their families and providing the industry with more affordable innovative solutions. Clipex has changed fencing history, and for the first time in 100 years we’ve been released from the slavery of tying off wires, allowing us more precious time for the things we love to do.” Photo caption: Clipex founder, Ashley Olsson -- Ends -- Media Enquiries Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications Tel: 02 6766 4513 or 0403 372 889 Flooding offers mixed conditions for autumn planting 2017-04-10T06:00:37Z flooding-offers-mixed-conditions-for-autumn-planting Widespread rain across much of the country has created mixed conditions for planting winter pastures, with farmers advised to plant now or monitor soil moisture closely over the coming weeks. Allan Mudford is the Northern Product Development Manager for PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia and said the there is an opportunity for producers in the western zones of south east Queensland to plant oats and annual ryegrass. “Flooding and water logging in the eastern zones will however delay planting, but I would suggest farmers plant any higher ground with an annual rye grass like Winter Star II or Diamond T as soon as possible,” Mr Mudford said. “I would then suggest planting Italian varieties like Concord II or Nourish for late winter and spring/summer production when the lower country dries out.” Farmers living in flooded areas should also prepare for Autumn planting now. “Farmers living in flooded areas should be prepared to plant as soon as possible if no follow up rain occurs – before the colder soil and air temperatures set in,” Mr Mudford said. “In areas that have been dry all this summer current rain will allow a good opportunity to plant over the next two to three weeks.” Mr Mudford said Autumn offers the ideal window for planting winter pasture. “Autumn is that time of year that can set you up for 12 months of production. A good autumn planting can produce more pasture over your winter period, and that results in more profitability on farm,” Mr Mudford said. “When selecting a pasture variety, farmers should determine what periods they are more likely to need more feed and plan by using different varieties. For example, some producers need early winter production and some need more feed later in the winter.” An ideal planting profile would include early and late maturing pastures, to enable a high volume of winter feed and late-season pasture for hay and silage, that could be used for next winter or even in a drought. “10 years ago farmers used to plant one variety of pasture, now 60 percent of farmers use different varieties to create different production curves,” Mr Mudford explained. “There are better genetics in the varieties today and they are growing longer into the season then what they used to.” Timing is critical, with planting technique and soil moisture impacting optimum growth. “Some of the flood irrigation does not work - you can have plant damage, so the type of irrigation is very critical,” Mr Mudford explained. “It’s also important to have a good understanding of the root structure of your plants and monitor soil moisture, so you get the most bang for your dollar in terms of irrigation water.” Mr Mudford said Concord II is a good consistent variety of pasture that is suited to a wide range of soils and environmental conditions across Australia. “Concord II is fast establishing, has good rebound after grazing and has a nice densely tillered, which leads to more feed for the cows to consume,” Mr Mudford said. “It also has an exceptionally long season to it - in the north we get it to grow into late January and silage coming into Spring and Summer.” With 18 years’ experience with PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia, Mr Mudford visits a number of farms and advises farmers in different areas with different farming conditions. “Our staff have a good base knowledge of how farmers are achieving higher productivity in a large range of environments. We get to visit a wide range of farms and sometimes they have problems and sometimes they have great stories of high productivity, so we can share those stories,” Mr Mudford said. For more information on how Concord II can improve your pasture production, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Sales Agronomist as listed at www.pggwrightsonseeds.com.au Ends. Photo Caption - Allan Mudford, PGG Wrightson Seeds Northern Product Development Manager For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Leading South African vet to showcase trace mineral impact on bull fertility in Australian tour 2017-04-04T00:00:22Z leading-south-african-vet-to-showcase-trace-mineral-impact-on-bull-fertility-in-australian-tour Prominent South African veterinarian Dr Martin Ferreira will touch down in Australia this week for a tour highlighting the benefits of trace minerals on bull fertility and semen quality. Dr Ferreira, whose current research investigates the effect of injectable trace minerals on bull semen quality and its freezing and fawning, arrives on Saturday April 8 and will present at six events across Australia on the six-day tour. A guest of Virbac Australia, Dr Ferreira will present on the latest in trace mineral science and how trace minerals can assist in bull fertility and semen quality. The tour is targeted at cattle veterinarians, reproduction professionals, and beef/dairy producers and aims to improve knowledge and understanding of trace minerals, which are essential for fertility and optimal production in beef and dairy cattle. Virbac Australia Livestock Nutrition Specialist, Dr Jerry Liu, said the tour was a chance for industry participants to hear from Dr Ferreira, who has over 24 years consulting experience with leading South African animal health companies. “We are excited to be hosting Dr Ferreira, who will present cutting edge, world class information to Australian industry professionals and beef and dairy producers,” Dr Liu said. “For beef and dairy producers, the chance to learn the latest in trace mineral science from a global expert is truly unique.” He said in addition to his trace minerals work, Dr Ferreira had over 26 years of experience as a professional vet, with his work taking him to many parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia and Uganda. “With Dr Ferreira’s current area of research being the effects of trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, it’s a unique opportunity to hear from a global leader in the field,” Dr Liu said. “Dr Ferreira has also provided productivity consultation for beef, dairy and feedlot operations as well as operating his own cattle property for 21 years.” Dr Ferreira is scheduled to speak at locations including Camden in NSW, Gippsland and Western Region in Victoria, and Toowoomba and Rockhampton in Queensland, on the tour. Whilst the events are invitation only, Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Ferreira during his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. State Date Time Town Where NSW Saturday 8th April 9:00 – 16:00 Camden, NSW The University of Sydney, Mayfarm VIC Sunday 9th April Dinner time Gippsland, VIC TBA VIC Monday 10th April 11:30 – 13:00 Ensay, VIC Little River Inn (64-70 Johnston St) VIC Tuesday 11th April 10:30 – 12:00 Gazette, VIC Moyle Pathfinder Angus (2126 MacArthur-Penshurst Rd) 14:00 – 15:30 Camperdown, VIC Total Livestock Genetics (4969 Princes Highway) QLD Wednesday 12st April 12:30 – 15:00 East Toowoomba, QLD Toowoomba Motel (2 Burnage St) 18:30 onwards Toogoolawah, QLD South East Country Vets (31 Cairnscroft St) WA Thursday 13th April 10:00 – 12:30 North Rockhampton, QLD Park Avenue Hotel (Cnr Haynes & Main St) Media Opportunity Dr Martin Ferreira will deliver a presentation on bull fertility and semen quality, and how trace minerals can help. Interview opportunity with Dr Martin Ferreira, - Ends - Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Martin Ferreira: Martin Ferreira is a veterinarian specialist in herd health and preventative medicine. He completed his Masters of Veterinary Medicine (Bovine) at the University of Pretoria in 2000 and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Pretoria. His area of research investigates the effect of injectable trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, and its freezing and fawning. Mr Ferreira has over 26 years of veterinary experience in mixed practice, and over 24 years of experience working as a consultant for various animal health companies in South Africa. His work has taken him to various parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia & Uganda. Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of pet care products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. PGG Wrightson Seeds Base AR37 tops Australian Forage Value Index 2017-03-02T05:00:14Z pgg-wrightson-seeds-base-ar37-tops-australian-forage-value-index PGG Wrightson Seeds Base AR37 perennial ryegrass, has topped the charts in the new Australian Forage Value Index, just released by Dairy Australia. The Forage Value Index has found Base AR37 perennial ryegrass to be the highest performing cultivar throughout South West Victoria, Gippsland, Northern Victoria and Tasmania across most seasons. PGG Wrightson Seeds, National Sales & Marketing Manager, Cameron Henley says the Index results support the company’s long-term, ongoing commitment to research and development, which he says is the foundation for developing great pasture cultivars. “Since 1938 PGG Wrightson Seeds has proudly led the development of improved pasture plant genetics in Australia and it is the rigour of our research and testing that helps us select elite material,” said Cameron. “We work closely with farmers to get the balance right and we are pleased that Base AR37 has been recognised as the top performing cultivar across south-east Australia.” The Forage Value Index is a rating system that helps Australian dairy producers and their advisors to make more informed decisions when selecting perennial ryegrass cultivars and provides an accurate, reliable and independent assessment of the potential economic value of perennial ryegrass cultivars in different dairy regions of south-east Australia. As an excellent late season quality feed Base AR37 has shown excellent persistence and very high tiller density, high dry matter production and is unsurpassed for dry matter yield. For more information on how Base AR37 perennial ryegrass can improve your pasture production, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Sales Agronomist as listed at www.pggwrightsonseeds.com.au The Australian Forage Value Index is a partnership between Dairy Australia, Agriculture Victoria, DairyNZ, the Australian Seed Federation and Meat and Livestock Australia. Further information about the Australian Forage Value Index and the 2017 Forage Value Index Pasture Tables are available at: http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/Pastures-and-Feeding/Pasture/Forage-Value-Index.aspx Ends. For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Virbac Australia's Commercial Manager recognised as a finalist in the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women's Award 2016-09-27T02:47:04Z virbac-australia-s-commercial-manager-recognised-as-a-finalist-in-the-2016-telstra-nsw-business-women-s-award Virbac Australia’s Commercial Manager, Sarah Hunter has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW Telstra Business Awards. The highly sought after Awards not only recognise Australia’s most exceptional business women but are a symbol of business excellence. John Embling, General Manager Virbac Australia said: “Sarah is one of the most senior women in the $1Bn animal health market in Australia and her selection as a finalist in these Awards is a fitting accolade and we are thrilled that her contribution to the industry has been given the recognition it deserves.” With experience spanning two decades and two continents, Sarah says she sees her role as a finalist as an opportunity to promote Australian agriculture - and animal health - as a vibrant and exciting industry in which to build a career. “I am a proud Agricultural Science graduate from the University of Sydney and I love to showcase the myriad – and sometimes not immediately obvious – pathways that exist for those whose passion is for agriculture and veterinary science,” she said. “It is also great to show the way in which progressive leadership and business approaches fit naturally with creative problem-solving - a cornerstone of both agricultural and veterinary innovation” she added. Since joining Virbac Australia in 2004, Sarah and her team have been unlocking value at all levels by asking, “why not?” and breaking new ground in the way they do business and she says, anyone can do it. “All you need is to be prepared to test yourself, back yourself and not be afraid to tread a different path to everyone else.” Sarah is a finalist in the Corporate and Private Award category and will attend the Gala Dinner at Doltone House in Pyrmont on 11 October 2016 where the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Award winners will be announced. “We wish Sarah every success at the Awards and hope to see her contend the national award next month,” said John. Ends. Lucerne a stand-out performer for grazing tolerance 2016-08-16T03:00:46Z lucerne-a-stand-out-performer-for-grazing-tolerance PGG Wrightson Seeds Stamina® GT5 has emerged from long testing processes, both locally and internationally, as a standout performer delivering excellent persistency, acceptable winter dormancy, strong pest and disease resistance, and yields equal to the best standard cultivars. James Sewell, PGG Wrightson Seeds Research and Development Manager, says that there are a lot of lucerne products that claim to be ‘grazing tolerant’ but the fact is not many have been tested under the internationally recognised ‘Standard Test Protocol’ in the same way Stamina GT5 has. “The results of this rigorous testing, along with the subsequent trials and published literature clearly show that Stamina GT5 is one of the best lucernes for grazing tolerance,” said James. South-west NSW producers Steve and Genevieve Affleck, turned to Stamina GT5 four years ago to improve their prime lamb production and haven’t looked back. “What started out as an experiment across five hectares of our property in Wombat, has genuinely paid off,” says Steve. “We started using Stamina GT5 four years ago when we needed to improve our pastures for persistency and to establish a high tolerance to grazing. Stamina GT5 lucerne has certainly delivered that.” The husband and wife team run a first cross ewe enterprise with some composites. Running two lambing seasons; in autumn and spring annually meant they needed consistent feed throughout the year. “Our biggest issue for pasture management is the region’s dry summers and wet winters. Here like most of NSW once the real summer bites a lot of your grasses are just useless. This is when the persistence of Stamina GT5 comes into its own,” says Steve. “Stamina GT5 has been a great way to help bridge the gap in the feed when other grasses and clovers are not available,” he said. Initially, Steve and Genevieve trialled dual pasture options on their property. The first, a pure lucerne stand that comprised 5ha of Stamina GT5 lucerne sown in the autumn four years ago. This was sown at 12kg/ha and was primarily for finishing lambs. Another 10ha was sown in 2015, and a further 15ha this year in 2016. The second was a pasture mix incorporating Stamina GT5 lucerne (3kg/ha), sub clover (2kg/ha), tall fescue (3kg/ha) and phalaris (2kg/ha). Steve sowed 10ha in 2015, primarily for his joined ewes and to provide high-quality feed during lambing. Both pastures were sown using a small air-seeder with a five-inch spacing to keep plant population dense per square metre, and to have a high level of ground cover. “It’s only a very small spacing but the resulting ground coverage and grazing tolerance in both pasture options have been exceptional,” Steve says. “We are lucky if we give the stand two weeks’ rest between grazing. It’s still really thick and dense. We wouldn’t have lost more than 2% coverage even after four years of hard grazing and we have had no issues with pests in the pure Stamina GT5 lucerne stand.” Sheep performance is another area Steve and Genevieve have experienced outstanding results. Steve said: “On the 5ha of pure Stamina GT5 lucerne stand, we turned off more than 400 lambs in the last year, while the same area carried up to 20 lambs/ha at any one time.” He added that lambs also gained an extra 2kg of weight and turned off two weeks earlier than lambs that were finished on oats. “We found that finishing on the Stamina GT5 lucerne actually gets better quality lambs quicker than having them on grazing oats. That’s why we’re pushing now to put so much Stamina GT5 in. It just gives us that flexibility with a quality feed and the sheep perform well on it.” Steve and Genevieve are also upbeat about hay harvested from the Stamina GT5 lucerne. “With our last cut we averaged nine five-foot-round bales/ha of excellent quality hay,” said Steve. “We had just sold the lambs and thought, we’ll lock it up and see what it does. After some timely rain, it took off and we decided to cut it for hay. The sheep eat the lot so it’s beautiful hay, it really is and it retains its leaf really well,” Steve added. James said: “it’s great to see Steve and Genevieve achieving such excellent yield and quality over the warmer months with Stamina GT5.” “It demonstrates that maintaining stand density, improved persistence, quality and yield can be achieved in lucerne cultivars that have been selected for grazing tolerant characteristics.” James explained that unlike Stamina GT5, many cultivars have not been subjected to the standard test protocols under the harsh Australian conditions and as such, producers should be cautious when assessing and purchasing cultivars claiming grazing tolerance. “If this claim is made, it is strongly recommended that producers request evidence and data to prove that it was run according to the industry standard test protocol,” he said. For more information on how Stamina GT5 grazing tolerant lucerne can improve your farm grazing productivity and profitability, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds Sales Agronomist as listed at www.springpasture.com.au ENDS. Media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Forklift with a difference 2016-06-06T01:16:55Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-forklift-with-a-difference Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res images and interviews please contact: Amy Dowd | Rhetoric Communications|0420 979 187| amy@rhetoriccommunications.com Makinex Makinex seeks to make an impactful difference on the global construction industry through the provision of truly unique and innovative Australian designed quality products. http://www.makinex.com.au/ SAI Global recognised as a Leader in Independent Analyst Report on GRC Platforms 2016-01-29T05:10:54Z sai-global-recognised-as-a-leader-in-independent-analyst-report-on-grc-platforms MEDIA ANNOUNCEMENT 29 JANUARY 2016 SAI Global recognized as a Leader in Independent Analyst Report on GRC Platforms Noted for having an extremely diverse and happy customer base SAI Global, a leading provider of solutions that help organizations manage risk, protect reputation and optimize performance in an increasingly complex ethical and regulatory environment, has been recognized by independent analyst firm, Forrester Research Inc., as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™ : Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016 report. The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk and Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016 is one of the industry’s most thorough and detailed analyses, based on briefings, demonstrations, customer surveys, interviews and analyst access to demo environments of each vendor’s product. Vendors are rated on 30 criteria that cover current offering, strategy and market presence. SAI Global was evaluated for its Compliance 360 Platform, a comprehensive software solution that streamlines governance, risk, compliance and internal audit processes for clients across the Heathcare, Life Science, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Automotive and Retail, Agri-Food industries. The report says that: “SAI Global has an extremely diverse, extremely happy customer base”. The report noted, SAI Global is among vendors that have a “solid value proposition and philosophy of GRC success that make them an overall strong pick.” Peter Mullins, SAI Global Chief Executive Officer said: “I believe that our recognition as a ‘Leader’ in this analysis validates our strategy and investment. The result we are most proud of is our customer references score, which is among the highest in the report, together with the commentary which cites our extremely happy customer base.” Mullins noted that strong, responsive and honest relationships between clients and providers are the cornerstone of successful GRC platform implementations and evolution. “I believe this result is a testament to the relationships we build as well as our technology, and we would like to thank our customers for enabling us to get continually better in what we do”, he said. Elisabeth Gehringer, Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer, Realogy Holdings Corp. said: ”Our implementation of Compliance 360 has supported our keen focus on ethics and risk management. It’s been integral to managing supply chain risk at our subsidiary Cartus, and ensuring that our clients are working with compliant vendors. The capabilities provide us with a number of business benefits which we continue to expand upon, and the SAI Global team is responsive and knowledgeable.” According to Forrester’s TechRadar™: Risk Management, Q4 2015 , a separate report analyzing GRC technology trends, GRC platforms are poised to act as the central hub to all risk data and that they are well positioned to add more value if they can become platform of choice to aggregate risk data.” Jan Kruger, Head of Risk, SAI Global, noted: “Constant regulatory change, new and emerging risks, and ongoing business transformation means companies need scalable, flexible platforms that deliver immediate business value and protection,and also adapt and grow with them. This corresponds well with our own offering of service-based software solutions that enhance compliance, integrate the various components of compliance and risk programs, and allow organizations to scale at their own pace with minimal overhead. It is my view that we received the highest of all strategy scores in the report in reflection of this.” To access a complete copy of The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk, And Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016, go to www.saiglobal.com/forrestergrc2016 “The Forrester Wave™: Governance, Risk, And Compliance Platforms, Q1 2016, 22 January 2016. Copyright (c) 2016, Forrester Research, Inc. - ENDS – About SAI Global SAI Global helps organizations manage risk, protect reputation and perform better in an increasingly complex and interconnected ethical and regulatory environment. The company’s solutions include risk management software, standards and regulatory content, ethics and compliance learning, risk assessments, certification, testing and audits. In Australia, SAI Global are also a leading provider of settlement related services; company, personal and property information. SAI Global Limited is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange with its head office located in Sydney, Australia. The company employs more than 2,000 people across 29 countries and 51 locations across Europe, North America and Asia. saiglobal.com Media enquiries: Tamsyn Alley, Porter Novelli Sydney on behalf of SAI Global T: +61 478 474 634 Ground-breaking floating solar technology launches in Australia 2015-04-29T04:02:13Z ground-breaking-floating-solar-technology-launches-in-australia ADELAIDE, Australia, 29 April 2014 – Infratech Industries launches Australia’s first floating solar system today which will generate an estimated 57 percent more power than fixed land-based systems. The proprietary tracking, cooling and concentrating technology uses water to counteract the gradual loss of output caused by overheating solar panels to create a better performing and more efficient system. Based in South Australia’s Jamestown, the Northern Areas Council Waste Water Treatment Plant is the first to implement the new system which is expected to exceed the plant’s high energy needs and will feed through to the surrounding local communities and Council buildings. Infratech Industries Director Felicia Whiting said the benefits extend beyond energy efficiencies to improve the treatment plant’s water quality and create nearly 70 new jobs for the local community as a result of the project. "Blue-green algae is a major concern for wastewater treatment plants and the shade produced by the floating solar panels combats this problem by limiting the photosynthesis process. The energy goes into the panels, not the water, so the surface stays cool which helps to lift the quality of treated wastewater.” she said “On a broader scale, the technology is suitable for any body of water including drinking water and moving water bodies such as lakes. Since it reduces evaporation by up to 90 percent, it can have a powerful saving for areas affected by drought and dry climate such as Australia and California, Indonesia, Singapore and Philippines,” she said. The Northern Areas Council will reap additional economic benefits with a cost saving of approximately 15 percent on their current energy expenditure plus an additional one percent margin on the excess energy provided to the local community. No small undertaking and privately funded, more than15 Australian engineers and research scientists in the Nano Science and Technology Department in Adelaide’s Flinders University were involved in the project’s technological and engineering development. The development team will remain involved as research and development continues into integrated water treatment, phosphorous treatment systems and energy storage. Jon Dee, Australia’s leading expert in energy efficiency, author of 'Energy Cut' (EnergyCut.info/SME-book), and co-founder of the Planet Ark and DoSomething organisations, has applauded the innovation and leadership of Infratech Industries. “Solar PV panels currently generate renewable electricity on more than 1.36 million Australian rooftops, so we’ve more than shown our acceptance of solar technology” said Dee. “However, many people want to see more solar innovation being undertaken in Australia by local companies, in a way that helps the environment and generates local jobs at the same time.” “The development of Australian-owned, researched and developed floating solar is to be applauded as it shows that Australian companies can be leaders in the transition to economies that are powered by increasing amounts of renewable energy. In addition to reducing greenhouse emissions, there is also strong potential to export this technology to other countries which can only lead to even more jobs.” As such a major milestone in the renewable energy movement, Whiting expects a national and international spotlight will be focused on Jamestown with visiting ambassadors from South East Asia, France and the Hon. Minister Ian Hunter MLC for Climate Change attending the launch with key members of the SA Cabinet having already visited the site. “Just how strong Australia's post-2020 emissions reduction targets remain unknown however we do know solar innovation is a milestone towards Australian councils, communities and businesses making a difference. As Australians evangelise this type of technology, it is our hope that renewable energy becomes the mainstream rather than niche solution. Change is not beyond us and this is definitely a strong step forward,” Whiting said.   Infratech Industries Pty Limited has offices in Sydney, San Diego and Singapore. For more information on Infratech Industries and the Floating Solar technology please visit www.infratechindustriesinc.com or follow Infratech @Infratechind. Inspiring Women Calendar 2015 targets $20,000 for animals 2014-11-05T21:41:11Z inspiring-women-calendar-2015-targets-20-000-for-animals THE first Inspiring Women Calendar aims to raise $20,000 for the Animal Welfare League of Qld (AWLQ) to re-home 40 pets when it is officially launched on November 14 at the Urban Paradise Gallery in Surfers Paradise. Calendar founder Karen Low, of Inspiring Change Now, said the idea came to her ‘within five seconds’ at an Inspiring Women of the Gold Coast event in May this year. “I’m passionate about animals, the environment, supporting people to achieve their goals, making a positive, sustainable difference and I’ve always wanted to be body painted!” Ms Low said. “It’s about inspiring women who are community minded and supporting animals.” The calendar features women body painted by artist Robyn Janetzki as animals to raise funds for animals and most feature in the month of their birthdays. They include for January - Aldwyn Altuney (lion); February - Trudy Vesotsky (peacock); March - Donna Fisher (weedy seadragon); April - Jo Kane (bilby); May - Julie Kay (golden retriever); June - Annette Spanski (rainbow lorikeet); July - Kobe Steele (orangutan); August - Ro London (sea turtle); September – Karen Low (tiger); October - Kerry Fitzgibbon (southern corroboree frog); November - Simone Sleep (lizard) and December - Taflyn Fiola (sugar glider). The cover photo is model Alana Nicholls, who was painted as a butterfly. Ms Low said the AWLQ cared for about 10,000 stray and abandoned animals annually from south-east Queensland.  “They receive no government funding for welfare work, relying predominantly on the community for support,” she said. “The AWLQ cannot continue its welfare work, caring for homeless animals without the financial support of the community.  The direct costs involved in re-homing each animal are about $500.” She said the charity fundraising project was important to support animals and raise awareness for amazing organisations and people within the community, who often gave so much to others without acknowledgement or recognition.  “The Inspiring Women Calendar 2015 acknowledges inspiring women supporting the welfare and humane treatment of animals and pets that need re-homing,” she said. “I plan to continue releasing a calendar each year, supporting a charity or community organisation, as animals, community and making a difference are important to me and close to my heart.” The calendar launch on Friday, November 14, will be at the Urban Paradise Gallery, in Piazza building, 3221 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, from 7-10pm. Entry is $25, which includes a calendar, drink on arrival, nibbles, art auction, live body painting, laser light show, music and raffles. To book or purchase a calendar for $15, go to www.inspiringchangenow.com.au and connect on www.facebook.com/InspiringChangeNow   Waste Choices Brings A New Competitive Edge to Australia's Waste Management Industry 2014-09-09T00:26:13Z waste-choices-brings-a-new-competitive-edge-to-australia-s-waste-management-industry Sydney, Australia – September 9, 2014 – Waste Choices, Australia’s first online marketplace for waste management and recycling was launched today for businesses wanting a simple, fast, transparent, cost-effective and compliant solution for waste collection, recycling, treatment and disposal.   Through Waste Choices, businesses of any size have the flexibility of posting a one-off project or an ongoing contract for the management of over 30 waste streams. A range of reputable waste management providers across Australia including URM, 1300 Rubbish, Action Waste, Waste 2 Resources, State Waste Services, Bingo and smaller providers will bid for posted projects and businesses can select whom they wish to work with.   Small and medium businesses, hospitality, food services, property management and construction companies would stand to benefit most from working with Waste Choices. Joel Harrison, Co-Founder of Waste Choices said, “Waste Choices simplifies the management of waste by providing businesses the choice and flexibility of working with different service providers to manage various waste streams in a compliant manner.  The cost of managing and disposing waste has increased over the years. Waste Choices offers businesses a better way to manage their waste streams by providing more options and access to a wider range of service providers.”   Businesses can post a waste project in three simple steps: entering the pick-up location, type of waste to be collected from general waste, liquid waste, recycling to hazardous materials and selecting a bin size to represent the volume of waste. They will be able to select from a range of competitive bids from 14 national and state-based waste management providers with the flexibility to award a project based on price or reputation of the provider.   Christine Ford, General Manager of Trio Packaging and a foundation client of Waste Choices said, “Before Waste Choices, it would take more than two days for us to call and secure a service provider to provide a quote and to confirm a job. Since we’ve started using Waste Choices, we receive a range of competitive bids from different providers for one-off or ongoing projects. Waste Choices has not only reduced my waste costs, it has also reduced the time it takes for us to identify a reputable service provider.”   Waste Choices offers an automatic alert feature that notifies businesses that are on annual contracts with service providers when they are about to expire. This avoids businesses getting automatically rolled into new contracts with their existing providers which would generally attract price increases of between 10-25 percent on average annually.   Harrison added, “Many businesses get stuck with their existing service providers because their annual contracts are automatically rolled over. Australia has over 2 million business waste generators and Waste Choices will free them from long term fixed contracts, help drive down the cost of waste management and increase the transparency through a system of bidding.”   “Waste Choices brings a new competitive advantage to the industry by opening the waste disposal market to smaller service providers who want to grow their market share and to target new customers without making additional capital constraints such as hiring sales people or leasing trucks to manage waste collections. This is a win-win solution for both businesses and service providers.”   According to IBISWorld, the industry is valued at over A$2.5 billion in Australia. There has been a concerted effort by state and local governments to increase targets for recycling and waste recovery with the aim of reducing the amount of waste going to landfill. However, with Australia’s growing population and business activity, the demand for waste management services is expected to continue to grow.   To post a project as a business or service provider, visit www.wastechoices.com.au. Waste Choices will be available as an iOS and Android app by December.   ENDS  About Waste Choices Waste Choices is an online marketplace that provides a simple, fast and cost-effective solution for businesses looking to collect and dispose waste. Businesses have the choice and flexibility of working with a range of reputable service providers to manage various waste streams in a compliant manner. Through Waste Choices, service providers can grow their market share, access new customers and increase their efficiencies in waste collection.