The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-02-27T02:58:26Z Here’s why two of KUHN’s most popular balers are leading the pack when it comes to enhanced productivity 2020-02-27T02:58:26Z heres-why-two-of-kuhns-most-popular-balers-are-leading-the-pack-when-it-comes-to-enhanced-productivity KUHN’s leading-edge farm machinery is designed with one goal in mind – to improve quality, efficiency and profitability. And when it comes to baling, two of their most popular machines are having a significant impact on productivity for Australian farmers. As KUHN Australia Marketing Manager and Baler Product Specialist, Michael Murer explains, the KUHN SB 1290 iD large square baler and VB 3100 Series round balers are considered the next generation in baling technology. “The SB 1290 iD comes with some simple yet highly efficient features that include everything from integral rotors to power density,” says Michael. As he explains, one key new feature is being heralded as a game-changer. “This baler’s patented TWINPACT double plunger technique formulates higher density bales while using less power, therefore avoiding massive peak loads on the main gear box.” The machine has a crank angle position sensor and plunger rod load pins to measure total load, while precise load measurements are performed throughout the complete plunger cycle. The benefit of this sophisticated measuring method is in the delivery of extra bale weight, says Michael. “Because compaction is increased by 60+ tonnes, this machine provides the highest density bale, with 25% more than usual – and that leads to significantly improved transport and handling efficiencies and a healthier bottom line for farmers.” With intake capacity being one of the most important factors in profitability, Michael explains that the SB 1290 iD features a high-performance crop intake system to deliver 10% more capacity. “Plus, its unique patented crop guard design, in combination with a high torque on the rotor and feeder fork driveline, also ensures a high intake capacity and extreme endurance.” The SB 1290 iD’s high capacity and high bale weights combine with excellent driver convenience. “The robust driveline makes these balers extremely durable, even in the most challenging conditions, whether they’re being used for silage, hay, straw, lucerne, maize straw or sugar cane leaves”, says Michael. “Essentially, these features all work together to deliver the holy grail for farmers. They create rock-hard, perfectly shaped bales, produced by a machine that has some of the smartest, most innovative features on the market.” Meanwhile, KUHN’s VB 3100 Series Round Balers also feature some of the latest product innovations to ensure maximum benefit for farmers and contractors. “These balers have a proven, more refined intake system,” says Michael. He explains that the wide cam-track pick-up unit ensures maximum ground adaption, while the cam-track unit’s pendulum capabilities keep the pick-up wheels in constant contact with the field surface, providing more stability in all swaths. Across the entire VB 3100 range, a simple, maintenance-free intake system called Integral Rotor Technology guarantees an enormous throughput capacity, harnessing a short distance between rotor and pick-up tines to maintain consistent crop flow. Its design boosts forward speed, which both increases productivity and reduces crop damage. Michael explains how these balers create fast, perfect bale formations. “The bale chamber’s five belt, three roller design ensures fast, consistent bale formation whatever the intake system, and the top chamber’s aggressive roller profile improves crop contact and reduces crop loss. In addition, the front segment of the baler has a large smooth roller and driven cleaning roller to prevent crop build-up at the front of the machine.” This unique set-up guarantees perfect bale formation every time ­– and when it comes to binding, KUHN’s innovative net binder system’s active stretch technology provides constant net tension throughout the entire binding cycle, to help minimize breakages. It also spreads the net to the corners of the bale, preventing air pockets and preserving forage quality for longer. Finally, the user-friendly colour touch-screen interface further enhances productivity. “We wanted users to be able to have a clear view of what the machine is doing at any time, and to have those all-important settings at their fingertips. Our interface supports operators with an easy to use control box, giving them complete control under every condition.” With technology playing a greater role than ever in helping operators to get maximum performance from their machines, KUHN’s range of balers delivers the benefits of consistent, perfectly shaped bales for efficient, more profitable farms. Machine orders are now being taken for Spring 2020, with finance offers available from 0.99%. To find out more, visit www.kuhn.com.au or contact your local dealer. - ENDS - Media Contact: Luci Smith C7EVEN T: 02 6766 4513 | 0419 618 845 E: luci.smith@c7even.com.au Ducking for cover 2020-02-26T12:15:53Z ducking-for-cover Dear Editor, Native ducks are struggling to survive, with climate change, catastrophic fires and drought affecting their habitats. Surveys have shown that the wetlands are in long-term decline. So it’s baffling why the government would approve a duck shooting season this year, even with a reduced season and smaller killing limit, which the Game Management Authority has admitted is impossible for them to police. Every year, hundreds of thousands of birds are blasted out of the sky. For each bird killed, another is wounded and will die slowly in terror and agony. Ducklings are dependent on their mother for their first two months, and will die of cold, starve, or be eaten by predators if their mother is shot. Let’s not pretend this is sport or done for food – it is sheer sadistic amusement. We should all be calling on our MPs to reverse this outrageous decision. It’s time for duck shooting to be banned in Victoria outright. At the very least, this year's season must be cancelled. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia 1a Henderson St Northcote, VIC 3070 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Yearning for freedom 2020-02-25T23:13:26Z yearning-for-freedom Dear Editor, The three baboons who escaped from the RPA hospital in Sydney have shone a light on a dark and repulsive secret – the shadowy torture chambers of so-called “research centres”. Very little information is ever allowed to escape the high walls of these places, but it seems that animals from the National Health and Medical Research Council baboon colony in Wallacia are bred for experiments, including electric shock studies. Reports in 2016 spoke of "Frankenstein-like surgical experiments" being done with taxpayer funding that may have included a kidney transplant from a pig to a baboon. Experiments that have come to light include marmosets being used at the University of Sydney to take electrophysiological readings from their brains before they were killed and had their eyes removed and their retinas dissected. In a separate experiment on pregnant baboons, a mother was killed by accident leaving an orphaned baby, and another baby baboon died as a result of testing. Baboons and other primates deserve to be free, but the human war on nature has chosen to take them prisoner and carry out experiments that in many cases will achieve nothing except securing the next government grant. There are major anatomical, genetic, dietetic, environmental, toxic, and immune differences between monkeys - including baboons - and humans, making them inappropriate for use in studying human disease. The baboons that escaped from RPA may have lived their whole lives in confinement but obviously, they still yearned for freedom. Let them go! We will find them a sanctuary home. Life in a cage is no life at all for a thinking, feeling, emotional being, human or baboon. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au KUHN Farm Machinery Expo 2020 2020-02-25T03:25:20Z kuhn-farm-machinery-expo-2020 On the back of a successful expo in Cowra, NSW in 2017, KUHN Farm Machinery are set to welcome customers and dealers to the KUHN Expo in Naracoorte, SA on Wednesday, 4 March and Thursday, 5 March 2020. This is the first year KUHN has chosen to stage their expo in South Australia. It is a unique opportunity for customers and dealers to meet industry experts, international KUHN factory representatives and see firsthand the remarkable range of KUHN farm machinery. Attendees will see impressive live demonstrations, machinery displays, product workshops and presentations on over 30 of KUHN’s cutting-edge hay and silage, tillage, spraying, spreading and feed mixing machines. Also, all KUHN Expo attendees will be able to purchase machines in a silent auction and have exclusive access to special finance offers through their preferred dealers. As a leader in farm machinery, KUHN offers farmers the best farm machinery products right around the world and welcomes the opportunity to speak with media about this event prior to the day as well as invites media to come out on the days. A full range of images and B-roll will be available to media after the event. WHAT: KUHN FARM MACHINERY EXPO WHEN: Wednesday 4 March 2020 from 9.30am – 4.30pm (Dealer Expo) Thursday 5 March 2020 from 9.30am – 4.30pm (Customer Expo) WHERE: Braunacks Road Mount Light SA 5271 (opposite Caves Rd) N.B – the KUHN Expo is held on private property and all attendees must be registered. Media Opportunity: Interviews with KUHN international factory representatives Interviews with KUHN Managing Director, Bruno Fetiveau Interviews with KUHN Marketing Manager & Baler Product Sales Specialist, Michael Murer On-site interviews with KUHN dealers and customers Photo and vision opportunities of KUHN Farm Machinery in action First look at the KUHN SB 1290 iD large square baler, KUHN OPTIMER L12000 disc cultivator plus machinery from the KUHN range including balers; sprayers; tillage; fertiliser spreaders; mixer wagons; and hay making machines. <ENDS> Media Contact: Luci Smith C7EVEN Communications 0419 618 845 02 6766 4513 E: luci.smith@c7even.com.au Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications 02 6766 4513 0403 372 889 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au About KUHN Farm Machinery: Since 1828, innovation and quality have been the basis of our commitment to our customers, the farmers. They are the inspiration behind our trademark. In concrete terms, this means 2,000 patents filed and the service ensured by more than 4,540 KUHN staff worldwide. Products and services are marketed with a single trademark. 180 years of experience in manufacturing farm machinery helps us offer products and services ensured to perform to our customers’ requirements. As a leader in farm machinery, we want to offer farmers the best products, every day and right round the world. We want to satisfy increasing numbers of customers. Today 4,540 employees are proud to serve the exacting demands of farmers. Their skill and commitment also help meet these demands. PMA A-NZ and GS1 Australia improving the safety of fresh produce 2020-02-24T00:27:12Z pma-a-nz-and-gs1-australia-improving-the-safety-of-fresh-produce Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) and GS1 Australia have officially signed an agreement to support the Australian fresh fruit and vegetable industry to achieve enhanced food safety through the use of a national food recall platform. The peak industry body PMA A-NZ encourages the adoption of the GS1 Australia Recall portal within the fresh produce industry to assist growers and suppliers address major challenges of food tampering and food safety. In February this year, Ministers from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, requested Food Safety Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) to identify appropriate regulatory and non-regulatory measures for Australia to manage food safety risks. Particular products included berries, pre-cut fruits and melons. The request creates a microscopic focus on the risk management of these products and has become a key focus area for produce growers, suppliers and the PMA A-NZ. Darren Keating, CEO of PMA A-NZ, said, “Food safety underpins the success of the entire fresh produce industry. By using tools such as GS1 Australia’s Recall platform, the industry can achieve greater speed and consistency in the management of their product recalls and withdrawals, delivering safer produce to Australian consumers.” The use of the Recall platform is supported by FSANZ as a communication tool that enables organisations of any size, including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and importers to share product recall notifications with their trading partners and regulators. Recall is also certified by HACCP Australia as an effective and suitable technology for businesses that operate a HACCP based Food Safety Program. “GS1 Australia is proud to continue its collaboration with PMA,” said Marcel Sieira, GS1 Australia’s Chief Customer Officer, “and help their members be better prepared for product recalls. Being able to communicate with your key trading partners and regulators is key for organisations to protect their customers, their reputation and their brand.” https://www.gs1au.org/our-services/recall/ ends About PMA A-NZ PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ) is the first stand-alone global affiliate of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA Global) - the leading global fresh produce trade association serving member companies around the world and every segment of the fresh fruit, vegetable and floral supply chain. By working across the whole supply chain, PMA A-NZ strives to assist businesses to increase their sales of fresh and safe produce to regional and global consumers and develop their internal business capabilities through motivated and skilled employees. About GS1 Australia GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. It is best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. GS1 Australia has over 20,000 company members. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and our YouTube channel. Media contacts: Charlotte Gingell – PMA. Email: c.gingell@pma-anz.com Tracey Kelly-Jenkins - GS1 Australia. Email: tracey.kelly-jenkins@gs1au.org Suggested caption: GS1 is collaborating with PMA, which will see any organisation involved in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry be better prepared for product recalls. Upcoming events reveal latest innovations and findings to help boost productivity for lamb farmers 2020-02-19T04:38:39Z upcoming-events-reveal-latest-innovations-and-findings-to-help-boost-productivity-for-lamb-farmers With farmers looking to capitalise on the current trend for strong lamb prices, PGG Wrightson Seeds is set to host two key events next month, each designed to boost lamb performance and profitability for Australian farmers. Coming to Naracoorte, SA on March 4th, and Hamilton, VIC on March 5th, the proprietary seed company’s latest Grow Lamb, Pastures + Profits events will be packed with learnings on how optimise your pasture, grazing management and animal health. Speaking at both events will be Veterinarian and PGG Wrightson Seeds Veterinary Nutritionist Charlotte Westwood, a highly regarded specialist with a particular interest in how crops and pastures impact on the health, reproductive performance, productivity and profitability of sheep and cattle. Representatives from Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, Gallagher and Virbac Australia will also be in attendance to offer a range of insightful information to boost your profits. As PGG Wrightson Seeds National Sales & Marketing Manager Jason Agars explains, “when it comes to lamb production performance and profitability, seed choice is key. We’ve already witnessed major profit increases in independent on-farm trials using some of our latest pasture varieties. Our speakers will be revealing these findings, along with other key insights in forage finishing systems – and they’ll also explore related topics like grazing system management best practice and key profit maximisation strategies. “This is set to be an incredibly valuable source of information for prime lamb producers to learn from,” he continues. “Given that there’s been a global rise in demand for protein, information and innovation are key to helping lamb farmers capitalise on this opportunity. We’re looking forward to sharing our latest findings to support Australian farmers in improving their operations for 2020/21.” Both events run for a full day, and include refreshments and a lamb lunch. Following each event, attendees will also be able to speak to representatives from PGG Wrightson Seeds, Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, Gallagher and Virbac Australia, as well as take a paddock walk and learn more about some of the latest and greatest innovations in pasture improvement. While each event is free to attend, advance registration is required. “We expect both events to be very popular,” says Jason, “so for anyone interested, it’s a good idea to register ASAP so you can secure your spot.” Interested attendees can visit lamb2020.eventbrite.com.au or call 0425 700 442 or 0437 945 864 to reserve a place. WHAT: PGG Wrightson Seeds Grow Lamb, Pastures + Profits 2020 WHEN: March 4th and March 5th 2020 (Lunch & refreshments provided) WHERE: March 4th: Struan House, Struan, SA (17 km South of Naracoorte) March 5th: 1559 Branxholme-Byaduck Road, Byaduk North, VIC (16 kms South of Hamilton) WHO: Media are invited to attend the event and interview: - Veterinarian and Keynote Speaker, Charlotte Westwood - Representatives from Incitec Pivot Fertilisers, Gallagher and Virbac Australia - Local farmers in attendance - ENDS - Media enquiries: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Charlotte Westwood Bio: Veterinarian Charlotte Westwood has spent the best part of her career working in veterinary practices, farm consultancies and agribusinesses on both sides of the Tasman. With a veterinary degree from Massey University (New Zealand), Charlotte initially worked in a Waikato cattle practice before heading to the University of Sydney. After completing a PhD that looked at the effects of nutrition and cow genetic merit on the reproductive performance of dairy cattle, Charlotte returned to New Zealand, working initially with Wrightson Seeds before setting up her own New Zealand-based veterinary nutrition consultancy business. A move back to Australia in 2006 saw Charlotte working with Cattle Production Consultants (now SBScibus) and farmers in southern NSW, northern Victoria and South Australia, before she returned to PGG Wrightson Seeds in 2009, where she now works as a veterinary nutritionist at the Kimihia Research Centre in Lincoln, New Zealand. Photo credit: Veterinarian and PGG Wrightson Seeds Veterinary Nutritionist Charlotte Westwood PGG Wrightson Seeds National Sales & Marketing Manager Jason Agars Rural Aid with APT Travel Group to deliver approximately 326 hay bales to Jingellic, NSW farmers 2020-02-18T06:11:12Z rural-aid-with-apt-travel-group-to-deliver-approximately-326-hay-bales-to-jingellic-nsw-farmers Five road trains loaded with approximately 326 bales of hay, valued at $75,000, will roll into Jingellic on Wednesday, 19 February, bringing relief to 27 local farmers. The Jingellic hay drop is thanks to the generosity of the APT Travel Group and their agents at Focus Travel Vietnam and Focus Travel Cambodia. In 2019, APT Travel Group, through their One Tomorrow Charitable Fund Foundation, raised over $50,000 through donations and workplace giving for our Aussie farmers. Added to this, when APT Travel Group’s agents, Focus Travel – based in Vietnam and Cambodia – heard of the devastation caused by the Australian bushfires, they also rallied to help their regional neighbours. Focus Travel Vietnam and Cambodia employees and their industry contacts raised $3500 to assist our Aussie farmers impacted by bushfires. Rural Aid’s Business Development Manager in Victoria, Nicole Whelan thanked APT Travel Group, their One Tomorrow Charitable Fund and Focus Travel Vietnam and Cambodia for their generosity in supporting our Aussie farmers experiencing hardship caused by our natural disasters. “APT Travel Group have been a great support to Rural Aid and our Aussie farmers through their generous donation and their employees stepping up to volunteer at the recent Hay Mate concert held in Victoria,” Nicole Whelan said. “I look forward to continuing this relationship with them in whatever capacity they decide to assist our Aussie farmers and their communities impacted by drought, fire and in some areas – flood.” Focus Travel Vietnam and Cambodia have been agents for APT Travel Group for over 10 years and many Australian travellers have utilised their expertise when travelling in South East Asia. “Their Australian bushfire relief story, below, is a wonderful story of empathy and generosity towards a nation experiencing hardship caused by natural disasters,” Nicole Whelan said. “A nation that has supported Vietnam and Cambodia through tourism and many other avenues, which is now being supported in return.” Rural Aid Counsellor, Glenda Carter, will also be attending the APT Travel Group hay drop at Jingellic. OneTomorrow Vietnam & Cambodia Bushfire Relief Story “When you eat the fruit, be grateful to the planter.” Popular Vietnamese proverb. In the wake of disaster, hope can spring from the most unexpected of places. 2019 saw the beginnings of Australia’s worst bushfire season to date with fires burning well into the new year. The devastation rallied Australians to raise money to support those affected by the natural disaster, as well as emergency services and volunteer organisations. This compassion extended beyond our borders, to our friends over in Vietnam and Cambodia. Those who, while not directly affected by the fires, felt the nation’s pain as though it was their own. Donations were raised by the staff at Focus Travel Vietnam and Focus Travel Cambodia, as well as current and former Tour Directors and local guides in these countries. Together, the Vietnam and Cambodia team raised an incredible $3500 AUD. Special mentions must be made of Focus Travel Cambodia, who responded instantly to the cause. Also, to Focus Travel Vietnam’s director Minh and employee Nhan, who were the driving forces behind the wonderful effort made by the Vietnam office. When asked, staff of Focus Travel Vietnam were emphatic that this was all Nhan’s initiative. From a young age, Nhan has lived by the popular Vietnamese proverb, “When you eat the fruit, be grateful to the planter.” It’s all about a mindful way of living with gratitude. Now, as a mother of two, Nhan’s philanthropic ethos is mirrored by her two children. Often, Nhan and her sons visit children’s centres to show their support for kids in need. Described as having a heart “as big as a whale”, upon seeing much of Australia in a state of emergency and holding a deep appreciation for APT Travel Group (ATG) as her employer, Nhan felt she had to help. So, after mobilising her colleagues and inspiring Minh, Nhan was able to pull together an impressive portion of the overall donation. Minh made the largest contribution on behalf of Focus Travel Vietnam, by pledging to triple all donations raised by the Vietnam office. Minh will be in the Melbourne ATG office on 17th February to personally hand in the money raised by the Cambodia and Vietnam offices. Our gratitude towards Nhan and our friends over in Vietnam and Cambodia cannot be expressed enough. Generosity shown by those who, despite their circumstances and the oceans of distance between them and the bushfires, still rallied together for a country in crisis and opened their hearts. About Rural Aid Rural Aid is one of Australia’s largest rural charities. Well known for the highly successful ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign, the charity also provides financial assistance, water and counselling to farmers in times of drought, flood or fire. Other initiatives support its vision that farming and rural communities are safeguarded to ensure their sustainability both during and after these natural disasters. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au for further information on these programs and other support for our rural communities. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au/snapshots for Rural Aid’s latest assistance statistics. Follow Rural Aid for updates on:FB: @ruralaidaustralia | @buyabaleofhayIN: Rural Aid LtdTW: @ruralaidaust | @buyabale On-site contact: Nicole Whelan - Rural Aid Business Development Manager Victoria - 0408 593 348 Craig James - OneTomorrow Charitable Fund (APT Travel Group) - 0423 121 711 ENDS Cannabis Cultivation regulation compliance in Australia 2020-02-14T02:36:19Z cannabis-cultivation-regulation-compliance-in-australia Starting a medicinal cannabis business in Australia can be a daunting process. Investors and operators need to have access to technical and engineering expertise to produce healthy, sustainable and saleable cannabis crops, pharmaceutical products and source materials.   There are complex documentation requirements for licence applications, including site selection studies/soil tests, seed sourcing, crop planning programs, supplier audits, environmental monitoring, and mandated personnel training and security programs. Cost-effective climate controls are also necessary to avoid negative net incomes/declining profit margins.  Meeting national and international regulations, e.g., GACP, GMP requirements, can be challenging for individuals accustomed to working in less-regulated sectors. Globally, significant volumes of rejected cannabis crops and recalled medicines have had to be destroyed due to quality and safety concerns. These are some of the key factors that have impacted the industry’s profit margins and share prices.  Instability of corporate boards and/or management teams is also an issue for this industry, often initiated after a lack of profits and/or a steep decline in profit margins, over time. But like all businesses, start-up investment costs will take time to generate a return.  Despite unprecedented growth rates in demand --- in some regions, exceeding 200% to 400% a year – operational efficiencies are a necessity for sustainability. The fact is, it’s a lucrative industry, but an increasingly competitive field as more licences are granted across the world. Capital investment decisions and future expansion plans must be built into these businesses in the earliest stages of development, by experts in the sector. To reduce industry confusion about what’s required to meet stringent government and health product regulations for medicinal cannabis production and exportation, the 2nd Australian Medicinal Cannabis Conference is being held in Melbourne, over 2 days, 23 to 24 March 2020. For more information visit: ….https://www.pharmout.net/ or https://www.pharmout.net/medicinal-cannabis-conferences/australian-medicinal-cannabis-conference/ Infected meat and dairy 2020-02-13T11:56:04Z infected-meat-and-dairy Dear Editor, The news is full of reports of viruses and bacterial infections, some of which are resistant to antibiotics. Most come from animals being abused for human use. The latest shock is the recall of milk by Dairy Farmers due to contamination with E.coli, a bacteria that can cause severe abdominal cramps, bloody diarrhoea and vomiting. Earlier this month, researchers reported on meat and offal collected from NSW, Victoria and Queensland from 2016-2018. They found, in most chicken meat and offal, Campylobacter bacteria, the most common cause of human gastroenteritis in the world. The solution is obvious: stop raising, killing and eating animals. Crowded, filthy factory farms are perfect reservoirs for disease. Chickens are packed into sheds teeming with bacteria and ammonia fumes; many die from the unsanitary conditions. Cows are bred to produce enormous quantities of milk, resulting in mastitis (infection of the udder) before being forced onto a slaughterhouse truck. The Coronavirus originated at a fish market, where close contact between humans and live animals helped the virus to jump species. Eating animals has apocalyptic consequences. The most significant thing that you can do to help animals, the environment, and your own health is to go vegan. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Base AR37 tops Dairy Australia’s Forage Value Index for another year 2020-02-07T04:00:05Z base-ar37-tops-dairy-australias-forage-value-index-for-another-year PGG Wrightson Seeds Base AR37 perennial ryegrass has again come out on top of Dairy Australia’s latest Australian Forage Value Index (FVI) 2020 update. The FVI rating system helps Australian dairy producers make better-informed decisions when choosing a perennial ryegrass cultivar. It provides an accurate, reliable and independent assessment of the potential economic benefit of perennial ryegrass cultivars in different dairy regions of southeast Australia. The FVI is calculated by multiplying a cultivars dry matter performance value (PV) by its economic value (EV), and Base AR37 perennial ryegrass topped the rankings across all four areas tested in Southwest Victoria, Gippsland (VIC), Northern Victoria and Tasmania. Australian dairy farmers invest more than $100 million renovating pastures each year, with perennial ryegrass accounting for a large amount of this. “With that in mind, selecting the best cultivars helps to increase pasture productivity at key times of year, and ultimately boosts a farm’s profitability,” says PGG Wrightson Seeds National Sales & Marketing Manager, Jason Agars. “Base AR37 provides excellent late season feed, and has very high tiller density, which along with AR37 endophyte provides excellent persistence for a perennial ryegrass. As these results show, its performance across these four regions is unsurpassed.” “We’re proud of our leadership in the development of improved pasture plant genetics for Australia,” he continues. “I’m pleased to see further recognition of Base AR37 as the top performing cultivar across the south-east.” For more information on how Base AR37 perennial ryegrass can improve your pasture production contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Sales Agronomist at www.pggwrightsonseeds.com.au. Additional information on the Australian Forage Value Index and the 2020 Forage Value Index Pasture Tables can be found at: https://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/farm/feedbase-and-animal-nutrition/pasture/forage-value-index The Australian Forage Value Index is a partnership between Dairy Australia, Agriculture Victoria, DairyNZ, the Australian Seed Federation and Meat and Livestock Australia. Ends For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie, 02 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au VetSupply Announces a Surprising Special Day Sale This Valentine’s Day! 2020-02-05T04:09:59Z vetsupply-announces-a-surprising-special-day-sale-this-valentine-s-day VetSupply, a leading Australia’s online pet store announces a Surprising Special Day Sale for the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Providing an assortment of pet supplies and pet accessories, VetSupply is eager to offer the most essential pet products at Huge Discounts during this shopping festival. VetSupply is one stop platform for all pet essentials. Dedicated to offer pet products at cost effective prices, the company aims to make pet parenting convenient and affordable. Launching a special sale this Valentine’s day, VetSupply wants to help pet parents to show their love by stocking the pet essentials, which they otherwise may not able to procure for their fur friends. “Pets love (for us) is always unconditional and, no doubt, they are the epitome of love. And, Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity for us to giving them back,” says the management. And, the Vet Panel added, “So, we thought to bring this special offer where parents can pour out more love caring them stocking pet essentials at the most affordable prices to provide them year round health and well being.” Established in 2015, VetSupply always look forward to support healthy pet parenting by providing the top brand name pet products at the most reasonable rates. Every pet needs proper care and abundance of love. This Valentine, VetSupply is committed to shower loads of love through it great deals, low prices and is eager to encourage pet parents to spoil their fur babies This Valentine Day by buying discounted tasty treats and savoury meals. This Surprising Special Shopping fest has lot to offer ranging from pet treatments, supplements, pet accessories to a huge collection of pet food including treats, dry and wet cat/dog food. The company is not only seeking to offer this special day sale but also looking forward to bring in such sales to ease the burden of costly pet parenting and making pet’s health and happiness as priority. With its ever growing range of pet products, VetSupply always strive to expand its catalogue of pet products including dogs, cats, birds, horses, small animals, reptiles and fishes. Leading in Australia continent, this online store offers top brand products in various categories including flea and tick treatments, heartwormers, wormers, joint care, wound care, skin care and eye and ear care as well as supplements. Through this special Valentine’s Day sale, the pet supplies agency strives to reach every pet parent around the corners of Australia, with a vision of healthy and happy pets. About VetSupply VetSupply is a leading Australian online pet store. The mission and vision of the company is to provide cost-effective pet products making pet parenting easier and affordable. It supplies a wide range of pet products including pet medications, treatments, pet accessories and pet food at the lowest prices. The company offers great value on all the major products including flea and tick medications, heartworm preventives, pet supplements, and a wide range of other pet supplies. The veterinary experts at VetSupply, provide invaluable pet health information and guidance related to pet care and pet health maintenance. The company takes pride in making pet parenting affordable and providing the best customer care services. KUHN Expo to showcase the best in farm machinery innovation 2020-02-03T22:00:00Z kuhn-expo-to-showcase-the-best-in-farm-machinery-innovation-1 On the back of a successful expo in Cowra, NSW in 2017, KUHN Farm Machinery are set to welcome customers and dealers to the KUHN Expo in Naracoorte, S.A. on Thursday, 5 March 2020. This is the first year KUHN has chosen to stage their expo in South Australia. It is a unique opportunity for customers and dealers to meet industry experts, international KUHN factory representatives and see firsthand the remarkable range of KUHN farm machinery. Attendees will see impressive live demonstrations, machinery displays, product workshops and presentations on over 30 of KUHN’s cutting-edge hay and silage, tillage, spraying, spreading and feed mixing machines. Also, all KUHN Expo attendees will be able to purchase machines in a silent auction and have exclusive access to special finance offers through their preferred dealers. One of the live demonstrations will be of the long-awaited KUHN SB 1290 iD large square baler. Designed for extreme high-density baling in the most challenging Australian conditions, the SB 1290 iD model produces square bales with up to 25% higher bale density than conventional 120 x 90 balers. At the centre of this is the KUHN patented TWINPACT double plunger system that ensures intelligent, efficient bale compaction whilst avoiding high peak loads on the machine. KUHN Australia Marketing Manager and Baler Product Specialist, Michael Murer explains, “The KUHN SB 1290 iD is designed with simple, efficient techniques like integral rotor and power density that produce rock-hard, perfectly shaped bales”. KUHN are also pleased to showcase the newly presented OPTIMER L12000 disc cultivator for the first time in Australia. ‘’The OPTIMER L12000 is wider, stronger and faster and meets the requirements of large-scale farmers looking for high work output, optimal comfort and a perfect ground tracking system without compromising work quality,’’ said Michael. In addition to live demonstrations of the SB 1290 iD and OPTIMER L12000, attendees can also look forward to presentations of some of KUHN’s other machines, including the following: KUHN’s recently released Auto Spray System used for precise chemical application; The Euromix 4570 which is KUHN’s vertical triple auger mixer; The Merge Maxx 950 will demonstrate how it is an adaptable, adjustable clean raking solution to create regular windrows; The Axent 100.1 is KUHN’s high precision spreader for granular and powdered products; and The GA 13131 (which is a smaller model of the GA 15131 which was awarded the Raking World Record in 2019). Notably, all hay bales made during the live demonstrations at the KUHN Expo will be sold at market price and all proceeds will be donated by KUHN to a rural charity. For more information and to register your attendance at the free event, visit https://zoom.kuhn.com/event/kuhn-expo/index.html or contact your local KUHN dealer. Limited spaces available. Ends. Media Contact: C7EVEN Communications, Luci Smith P: 02 6766 4513 / 0419 618 845 E: luci.smith@c7even.com.au Girl Guides calls for volunteers to support the next generation of Australian women 2020-01-30T23:45:57Z girl-guides-calls-for-volunteers-to-support-the-next-generation-of-australian-women-1 Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, one of the largest organisations in Australia dedicated to supporting girls and young women, are calling for more volunteers to play a vital role in the organisation by sharing their experiences and wisdom with the Girl Guide Community. After the success of the A Place To Grow campaign in May 2019, memberships significantly increased creating a need to recruit volunteers. State Commissioner, Sarah Neill said that volunteering is not only about helping others, studies have shown volunteering helps increase your health, happiness and sense of fulfilment. “From our own research – Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT Insights Research 2018 – we know that our volunteers are making lifelong friends, gaining personal fulfilment, develop a sense of belonging and learn new skills,” Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT, offer a range of flexible volunteering positions available to suit different schedules and needs. “When considering becoming a volunteer, we encourage people to choose a position that reflects one of their passions and/or experience; to add greater value to the team, the girls and gain personal satisfaction,” said Mrs Neill. NT Region Manager, Letitia Baldwin, who has been involved in Girl Guides for 16 years said, “We are constantly looking for volunteers with unique passions to share them with our community. It is incredibly important for volunteers to love what they are doing as this provides the greatest benefit to our girls.” District Manager, Tegan McAnulty, has been a member of the Guiding community for 22 years both as a Guide and a Leader. When asked why she has been a part of Guiding for so long, her answer is simple. “The biggest opportunity – at the heart of the Girl Guiding movement, is the girls we work with; it’s the greatest privilege,” said Ms McAnulty. Tegan has participated in the recruitment campaign with other Leaders sharing their experiences as a volunteer. View the recruitment video series here: www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au/volunteer With all these amazing benefits and the start of a new year, why not become a volunteer? www.girlguides-nswactnt.org.au/volunteer -ends- Notes to editor: Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT are devoted to the growth and development of girls. They provide a place where girls can learn, build their skills and connect with like-minded peers. The benefits also extend to the volunteers who play a vital role in supporting the girls. Guides work to serve their community and support those in need by offering to help where they can. They participate in many local activities and initiatives aimed at giving back to the community. Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT offers girls, women and volunteers A Place To Grow. For Media Enquiries please contact: Simone Gur | ZADRO Agency | simone@zadroagency.com.au | 0417 778 511 Oakley Grioli I ZADRO Agency I oakley@zadroagency.com.au | 02 9212 7867 IMAGES Images are available for use. For high-resolution images, please contact: oakley@zadroagency.com.au Image: Girl Guides at Lark in the Park, Sydney, 2019. Image: Volunteers at Lord Mayor’s Picnic. Image: Recruitment Campaign Artwork. Horror in an eggcup 2020-01-30T11:05:39Z horror-in-an-eggcup The Editor Dear Editor, Most people don’t know the secret ingredient of egg dishes – unimaginable cruelty. Egg producers consider male chicks to be an unwanted by-product, because they cannot lay eggs and are a different breed to chickens raised for the flesh on their oversized breasts and legs. They are therefore routinely killed by being thrown, live, into shredders or gassed. The French government has announced it will ban the shredding of live chicks by the end of next year, and we hope other nations will follow suit. The sisters of those male chicks, however, will continue to endure a hideous fate as long as people eat eggs. Intelligent, curious, and easily frightened hens are commonly kept in extremely crowded and filthy conditions and are often painfully mutilated when the ends of their sensitive beaks are cut off. They, too, are slaughtered, when deemed no longer fit for egg production. Shoved into small crates—sometimes with broken wings or legs—they endure a harrowing journey to the slaughterhouse, where their throats are cut, often while they're still conscious. The best way to help chicks is to make the ethical decision to stop eating eggs and flesh altogether and to switch to vegan foods. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Australia) PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002. (08) 8556-5828 Time’s up for bees 2020-01-29T00:01:12Z time-s-up-for-bees Continued and expanded access to public lands was identified in June as the number one concern across Australia by professional beekeepers and there is no more time for decision makers to delay. Peter McDonald, Chair of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) said, ‘The bee industry, like so many others, has been devastated by the fires and while I’m pretty sure that decision makers know the extent of the damage they don’t necessarily understand the implications for our almond and avocado growers - even those that have not been burned out. ‘No bees, means no pollination. ‘Where honey-bees have escaped the blazes, they will starve before Spring unless urgent action by both industry and government is taken to save them,’ said Peter. Two things need to happen, in order: 1.        Hives need sugar syrup and pollen patties. These simulate pollen and can be used in the short-term to keep bees alive. They are expensive and Government subsidies would help.  The NSW Department of Primary Industries has already provided a short-term food source of sugar supplements for bees in the affected fire areas. Even with supplements some mortality is expected because of the extended period. Pollen patties contain pollen or a substitute. It should be noted that crops such as almond and avocado will provide pollen for some bees but only for the short period of flowering, not for the rest of the year. 2.        Alternative nectar and pollen sources must be found and for this, access to National Park areas that have not been burned is vital. This is not a 12-month panacea, it will be an ongoing requirement for years to come as the natural bush regenerates. Peter said, ‘The AHBIC is seeking urgent action from the Federal Government to coordinate State Government land managers in providing immediate and ongoing access to unburned public land such as National Parks and State Conservation areas over autumn and winter. ‘This is a national problem which threatens food crop production and will also lead to shortages of Australian honey,’ said Peter. Individuals and corporations can also help struggling beekeepers, sometimes referred to as Australia’s “Forgotten Farmers”. Hive Aid is a drought and bushfire relief campaign managed by Rural Aid, one of Australia’s largest rural charities, Hive Aid contributes financial assistance and practical support to professional beekeepers impacted by the ongoing drought and bushfires and donations can be made at https://www.ruralaid.org.au/donate/?supporter_id=14254 The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) aims to ensure the long term economic viability, security and prosperity of the Australian Honey Bee industry in Australia.