The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-17T22:49:29Z Ascend the new star of PGG Wrightson Seeds Annual Ryegrass Portfolio 2018-01-17T22:49:29Z ascend-the-new-star-of-pgg-wrightson-seeds-annual-ryegrass-portfolio PGG Wrightson Seeds have released a fast-establishing annual ryegrass called Ascend to replace their popular Winter Star II variety. PGG Wrightson Seeds, National Sales & Marketing Manager, Cameron Henley says Ascend offers exceptional seedling vigour and improved early winter production and the decision to replace Winter Star II with Ascend was made following extensive trials across Australia. “Winter Star II was a market leader for many years in late maturing annual ryegrasses and was always a popular choice for farmers, providing consistent quality winter feed,” Cameron explained. “Farmers were telling us that they really loved Winter Star II and that it provided them with exactly the sort of grazing and forage opportunities they were after, but if we could improve it in one way they would like it to come to its first grazing a bit quicker.” Based on this feedback, PGG Wrightson Seeds invested significantly in researching and developing a faster-establishing annual ryegrass. “The whole reason behind developing Ascend was farmer driven – the product was developed in direct response to listening to farmers,” Cameron said. “Ascend captures what we desired in breeding this grass – it is something that jumps up very quickly like a rocket and that is why we chose the name.” Ascend also offers farmers improved rust tolerance and excellent dry matter production from autumn to late spring. It also has finer leaves and is more densely tillered to improve its grazing performance. “Rust is strongly associated with poor quality pasture and any pastures which are free of rust are far more usable and palatable for animals than pasture that contain rust,” Cameron explained. “We have also seen farmers getting one or two earlier grazings using Ascend, compared to when they were using Winter Star II and with its denser tillering Ascend fills out quickly providing exceptional ground cover.” Ascend is suitable for famers looking for highly flexible forage options. “Ascend is suited for farmers seeking to increase their home-grown winter pasture production from autumn into late spring – whether for grazing or cutting for silage or hay,” Cameron said. “Ascend is able to offer multiple forage options because it establishes early but matures late in the season. You can be grazing early through the year and then cut for silage or hay late in spring - it is a very flexible pasture option.” Cameron said Ascend is the result of a very long breeding and evelopment programme. “It typically takes ten years to breed and trial a new grass before releasing it to farmers. So you can be assured that Ascend is one of the best annual ryegrasses available.” “For farmers that have been using Winter Star II in the past they should feel confident in moving to the next model in Ascend and for those farmers who are seeking a fast establishing and highly productive annual grass to increase their home grown feed they should give Ascend a go.” For more information on how Ascend tetraploid annual ryegrass can improve your pasture production, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Pasture Seed Agronomist as listed at or call 1800 619 910. - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 Photo Captions: Cameron Henley, National Sales & Marketing Manger at PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia Ascend Tetraploid Annual Ryegrass closeup Ascend Tetraploid Annual Ryegrass Scientists take off their white coats and head bush 2017-12-04T05:35:16Z scientists-take-off-their-white-coats-and-head-bush Scientists take off their white coats and head bush Scientists are leaving the big cities for rural Australia in a bid to ensure the products they develop are well matched to producer’s needs. A team of seventeen scientists from Virbac Australia’s Research and Development Team recently travelled to Bathurst and Orange in New South Wales to get closer to resellers and producers. Over the course of three days the team visited several stores, farms and the Australian National Field Day at Borenore. “Although we have an active and relevant new product portfolio it is important that the people who develop and support our products understand our market. We need to be developing products that really make a difference to productivity and ultimately the farm’s bottom line,” said Dr Robert Dempster, Director Research and Development, Virbac Australia. “Our scientists go back to basics when they visit properties and field days in rural Australia. They put their boots on and get a chance to work with cattle and sheep. We get a chance to ask how animal health fits in with the priorities of resellers and producers. We also get to sample the trends occurring in market, for example the increasing use of automated handling equipment on sheep farms. “Some of the more significant points raised by farmers during the Virbac scientist’s visit to Borenore was the need for better options for producers in getting their cattle and sheep through periods of drought, products that are effective against resistant strains of worms, as well as products that offer more convenience. “This is something our scientists have taken back to the labs to test and trial new and better solutions for the tough conditions our producers face. “Farmers were keen to discuss upcoming and available options for parasite treatment – and were keen to let us know how our new Tridectin 3-Way Oral Drench for Sheep is being received”, Dr Dempster said. Launched in September 2017, Tridectin relies on three active ingredients from the major drench families, which means fewer worms and eggs, as well as less pasture contamination – which reduces the overall requirement for increased drenching and therefore decreases the rate of selection for resistance. As the project lead in the product development of Tridectin, Aimy Johnston, New Product Development Project Manager at Virbac Australia, explains Tridectin delivers a market leading export slaughter interval (ESI) of just 17 days – eleven days shorter than other combination drenches – and is the only oral combination drench containing Moxidectin. This new class of combination drench continues to kill susceptible barber’s pole worm and small brown stomach worm for 14 days after drenching. “As the New Product Development Project Manager, it is a fantastic experience to get out to the stores and meet our customers. Having worked on the development of Tridectin for over five years, I was thrilled to see the product in prime position in the stores and humbled by the appreciative comments we received from store staff and producers" Aimy says. Virbac Australia invests approximately five percent of annual turn-over back into research and development – that accounts for millions of dollars directed to products that are pivotal to farm production and quality. This local investment in new products for Australian sheep and beef is supported by a global investment in new companion animal products. Dr Dempster adds, “we’ve been working with Australian farmers for 30 years now – and we’re proud to be working at grass roots level with primary producers. We now carry the Australian Made Logo on many of our products which are made in one of our three manufacturing plants in NSW”. We’ll continue to work with producers – on their farms and at the agricultural field days around Australia and we’re grateful for their important input to ensure the new products we launch in the future meet their needs,” said Dr Dempster. - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 Photo Captions: Virbac R&D staff on a sheep farm near Bathurst, NSW. The Virbac R&D team on-site at the Australian National Field Day, Borenore, NSW. Virbac Australia challenge producers in 12 month livestock performance challenge 2017-11-30T10:34:16Z virbac-australia-challenge-producers-in-12-month-livestock-performance-challenge Virbac Australia challenge producers in 12 month livestock performance challenge Sheep and cattle producers across Australia will soon have the chance to be part of a unique program designed to improve animal growth, fertility and ultimately their financial bottom-line. From 1 December 2017 Virbac Australia will invite sheep, beef and dairy producers to nominate for the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge - a 12 month program focussed on the effective use of trace mineral injections for cattle and sheep. As part of the Challenge up to seven producers will be selected to document their progress and share their experiences using Multimin with the ultimate prize of an experience of a lifetime overseas trip. Valued at more than $21,000, the prize will offer professional development tailored to the winner and their enterprise. “We want to work with sheep, beef and dairy producers from across Australia in a challenge to see how significantly they can improve fertility, animal health and ultimately herd performance with the use of Multimin,” said Dr Jerry Liu, Nutritionist and Livestock Nutrition Product Manager, Virbac Australia. “We know that during high demand periods such as joining, weaning and birthing, animals have elevated requirements for trace minerals. Multimin injections are designed to rapidly and effectively top up trace minerals to get stock performance ready. “The results we expect are better conception rates, tighter calving and lambing intervals, improved immune function, reduced disease and treatment costs, and better general health. “By working with producers in this way, we will be able to see and document just how much they can increase fertility and productivity,” he said. The successful applicants for the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge will receive an on-farm assessment and analysis, a free 12 month supply of Multimin, an iPad to capture and document their progress and 12 months support from some of Australia’s most renowned vets. “We want to watch the progress of each producer using Multimin through video blogs and social media so that other producers and industry experts can share the experience and monitor results. During the challenge, producers will gain knowledge they can communicate with other producers across the country. “As part of the program, producers will have the support and expertise of some of Australia’s most experienced animal experts to hone their operations. These professionals will work with the challengers to improve and optimise animal productivity,” Dr Liu said. Experts include, Dr Craig Dwyer, Veterinarian and President of Australian Cattle Vets. Dr Dwyer has a particular interest in cattle nutrition, reproduction and bull fertility. Dr Colin Trengove, Veterinarian and Managing Director, Pro-Ag Consulting. Dr Trengove has more than 30 years experience working in whole farm nutrition and animal health. Dr Susan Swaney, Veterinarian and Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia. Dr Swaney is an expert in recent advances in parasitology, nutrition and vaccination. Dr Matthew Ball, Veterinarian and Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia and owner of Beacon Veterinary. Matthew Ball has over 18 years experience in helping cattle farmers develop practical and profitable preventative health programs. As well as the overseas trip, the overall winner will also take home a 12 month supply of Multimin. The second and third runners-up will receive a six month supply of Multimin. Entries for the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge will be open from 1 December 2017 and close 31 January 2018. Entries can be made at: - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 Women Entrepreneur Closing Regional and STEM Gender Gaps 2017-11-14T00:49:44Z women-entrepreneur-closing-regional-and-stem-gender-gaps Household names such as Booktopia, Carmens Fine Foods and Cellarmasters started as AFR Fast 100 companies. Now a Dubbo entrepreneur closing regional and gender gaps has earned her place on the list, as one of the country’s fastest growing businesses. Meet Juliet Duffy of Regional Enviroscience. Nine years ago Juliet Duffy started this business from a garage in a rental property in Dubbo, NSW. Now, with offices in Dubbo, Wagga and Tamworth and recently in Maroochydore, Queensland, her business employs over 25 people, including 17 professional staff. Regional EnviroScience is an Occupational and Environmental Hygiene consultancy with specialties in asbestos, pollution incidents, meth lab clean-ups, contaminated sites and air, & water monitoring. EnviroScience protects the health of people and the environment through detecting and monitoring a range of contaminants in the air, water, soil and materials working with a range of public and private clients including state & federal departments and tier one civil, manufacturing and mining companies. ‘Being regionally-based,’ says Juliet Duffy, ’we understand the uniqueness of our natural environment, infrastructure and communities. Living in the towns where we work, our team has the connections and support to get the job done quickly and efficiently, and recognition of our innovative approach to meeting legislative and safety requirements has amplified our growth’. The company also specialises in naturally occurring asbestos which is prevalent in regional NSW, detecting and testing samples at their Dubbo-based NATA accredited laboratory. Typically a male dominated industry, the EnviroScience team includes two young women who are both science qualified and Licenced Asbestos Assessors, mentored by Juliet. ‘Being a woman in STEM is not without its challenges – especially with perceptions, however it has never really been a problem with on-site work’ says Juliet, ‘all of our team, contractors and clients support each other in day to day operations. It has been easy and thoroughly enjoyable to grow the business to where it is today, and without their support we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this extraordinary growth. I thank them all.’ The growth over the last four years can also be attested to Juliet’s sheer tenacity. A recent breast cancer survivor, Juliet knows how to put up a good fight and is a champion for regional businesses and the untapped expertise in regional areas. ‘Often the education and experience that lies within the regions is overlooked by decision makers in capital cities, adding great expense and additional resource use to manage projects.’ ‘I hope EnviroScience’s national recognition can contribute to breaking down some of the false perceptions that being a bush-based organisation is some sort of barrier to talent.’ Says Juliet. For the future Juliet is keen to develop new products, technologies and staff that will help keep people safe from environmental hazards, both in Australia and internationally. ‘Every day new hazards are being identified, and we strive to be on top of the impacts they can have on the communities where we live and work’. Conserve soil moisture for future crop cycles 2017-10-05T03:30:02Z conserve-soil-moisture-for-future-crop-cycles Late season rainfall may have come too late for winter crops in some parts of the country, but vertical tillage offers farmers an opportunity to harness the benefit of increased soil moisture levels. Gerard Cusack is the New South Wales Territory Manager for KUHN Machinery and said Spring is the perfect time to observe ground moisture and improve soil fertility. “Recent rain has arrived too late for many winter crop producers in northern New South Wales, southern Queensland and northern Western Australia, but KUHN soil preparation tools can help farmers maximize the benefits of late season rain for future crop cycles,” Gerard said. “Vertical tillage, in particular, offers a proven, effective method for minimizing rainfall runoff and improving evaporation losses, leading to higher crop yields.” Gerard said KUHN’s new Excelerator 8005 provides exceptional residue cutting, soil and residue mixing and seedbed preparation in one pass. “The physical, chemical and biological condition of soil can have a significant impact on farm income by affecting crop yields. Working with the soil vertically, rather than side-to-side enables moisture to sink into the soil profile, preventing water running off and erosion,” Gerard explained. “Plants also develop a strong root system with vertical tillage farming and are therefore less susceptible to drought and wind damage.” The Excelerator 8005 Vertical Tillage System also saves times, by utilsing an exclusive 4-step process to capture and slice, cut and remove, mix and anchor and size and firm. “True vertical tillage delivers residue cutting and soil mixing without soil shearing or smearing in the critical zone for seed placement and young seedling root development,” Gerard said. “The Excelerator 8005 is one of the only vertical tillage systems that enables farmers to choose in they want to move soil laterally to fill ruts and smooth fields or leave more residue to meet requirements for highly erodible land (HEL) conditions.” Gerard said the machine’s Excalibur blades are designed to meet the challenges of cutting through GMO residue and provide superior seedbed preparation in high residue situations. The KUHN Excelerator is available in 11’ to 50’ working widths and can be ordered now for the 2018 season, with competitive finance options available. For more information and to learn more about the KUHN difference visit Ends. Media Contact: C7EVEN Communications Pty Ltd Luci Smith P: 02 6766 4513 E: Rhino tanks expands global reach 2017-09-24T23:03:29Z rhino-tanks-expands-global-reach More Australians are being employed to produce and distribute Rhino tanks, following the acquisition of the Perth-based company by Kingspan Environmental. Commercial Director of Kingspan Environmental, Peter Jefferies, has worked for Rhino Tanks for ten years and said the company is employing more staff and engaging more sub-contractors to distribute their products in local areas around the country. “We have committed to new leases on our properties and recently purchased new machinery to increase our manufacturing capacity in Australia,” Peter said. “The major benefit is that as a whole company we can now offer a broader range of products such as residential tanks, wastewater tanks, diesel storage tanks, as well as the traditional Rhino range”. Peter said they have removed the Rhino from their recognisable logo, but their Rhino Tanks remain the best quality water tanks on the market. “Kingspan’s logo features a lion, so we have updated the Rhino logo to support our parent brand. The brand refresh also positions us well to capture new markets around the world. So visibly there are some changes, but our water tanks are the same – they are still made in Perth from BlueScope Steel and lined with the most stable and safest food grade materials available.” Peter explained. Drought-proofing Australian properties remains a priority for the business, which has been a leader in rural tanks for more than 20 years. “Rhino tanks really are an Australia success story and it’s amazing to reflect on the innovation of our founders, who began making liners for concrete tanks back in the 1990’s from a small country town in Western Australia,” Peter said. “Kingspan’s focus is on being the industry leader in quality and I am really proud of the fact that we continue to produce quality products that stand the test of time. Water is the lifeblood of the rural sector and we are focused on providing water security for farmers in Australia and around the world.” Residential and business customers around the country are also enjoying access to an increased range of products. “Along with our Kingspan Rhino Rural range, we also offer residential made to measure water tanks with capacities ranging from 500 litres to 29,000 litres across the eastern states and our new BioDisc sewage treatment range Australia wide. While our commerical range goes up to a capacity of approximately 2 million litres.” Kingspan Environmental is recognised globally as a provider of water management, energy storage, renewable energy, service and telemetry. “Kingspan produce other products including waste water treatment solutions and solar and wind power products, so there is a huge potential to grow in the future and expand into other markets,” Chris explained. “But for the moment, we are focused on serving our key traditional market – high quality water tanks for rural, domestic and commercial use. We are providing the same great products and service, just under a different banner.” Ends. For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 / Kate Munsie, 02 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 / Virbac named finalist in prestigious export awards 2017-09-22T03:37:52Z virbac-named-finalist-in-prestigious-export-awards One of Australia’s leading animal health companies has been named a finalist in the prestigious Premier of New South Wales Export Awards. Virbac Australia was recognised for outstanding international success in the field of agricultural products, services or technology including processed foods and beverages and the forestry, fisheries and fibres industries. Sarah Hunter is the Virbac Director of Commercial Excellence for Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and said it is an honor for the company to be recognised during its 30th anniversary in Australia. “2017 is an important year for Virbac Australia and, to be selected as a finalist in the New South Wales Premier’s Export Awards for Agribusiness, is wonderful recognition of our role as a major exporter of animal health products to more than 20 countries around the world,” Sarah said. “That we’re continually reaching new heights 30 years after we started in this country is a remarkable achievement, and it gives me great satisfaction to know that our manufacturing, research and development (R&D), sales and support teams are all locally based and contributing to our economy.” An Australian success story, the company produces several ‘Made in Australia’ accredited products; an endorsement of the company’s support of local R&D and manufacturing. “We currently employ more than 250 staff in four strategic locations across the country, who produce our top quality, industry-leading, sheep, cattle and equine products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, as well as a wide range of pet health products for dogs and cats,” Sarah said. “We’re currently ranked as the eight largest animal health company in the world, manufacturing and selling many unique and innovative products including an implant for the temporary medical castration of dogs,” Sarah explained. “This is the only product of its kind in the world and was developed following research with owners of male dogs who are increasingly wanting to know about all the castration options, both surgical and medical, and for their veterinarian to help them make the best choice for their dog.” Manufactured at Macquarie Park in Sydney, the product is exported to countries throughout Europe and North America, as well as South Africa and New Zealand. “Sheep producers around the country have also welcomed the recent launch of our broad-spectrum combination drench, Tridectin, which is a huge step forward in the fight against worms,” Sarah said. “The drench is world-first product, with a registered claim to kill triple resistant and monepantel resistant worms in sheep and offers producers the opportunity to grow healthier, more productive sheep.” Sarah said development of both products was testament to the organisation’s passion for improving animal health. “Our approach to developing veterinary specialist products and those like Tridectin exemplifies our commitment to working closely with animal owners, resellers, vets and farmers in the animal health industry to identify and fully respond to the needs of customers locally and internationally,” Sarah said. “We’d like to thank our customers, suppliers and employees for their support and commitment over the years. As our long history shows, we’re a company that’s both stable and dependable – and we’ll continue to innovate in business structure, approach to market and providing our customers with the platform for future success.” New South Wales Premier’s Export Awards winners will be announced during a gala dinner at The Star on Wednesday 25 October 2017. “I’m really looking forward to the event and would like to wish other nominees all the best in their respective categories,” Sarah said. “There is a huge opportunity for Australian companies to improve global commercialisation of innovation, and we are proud to be recognised as one of those leading the way in agribusiness export.” Ends. For more information contact: C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS T: 02 6766 4513 Adam Arndell Kate Munsie 0403 372 889 0421 935 843 Accurate fertiliser application critical 2017-09-22T02:30:00Z accurate-fertiliser-application-critical-1 Farmers are being urged to consider fertiliser selection, application and monitoring, following dry seasonal conditions across the country. Danny Tranter is an integrated solutions specialist with KUHN Farm Machinery and said the price of wheat has risen by up to 20 per cent in recent weeks, and fertiliser costs can be the make or break in terms of crop profitability. “Often you won’t see any benefit from adding fertiliser to acidic soils or soils prone to water logging, however adding fertiliser to rundown pasture can lead to increased production and stocking rates and, ultimately, increased profitability,” Danny explained. “Choosing the right fertiliser is also critical, as some fertilisers address macro-elements, like nitrogen and sulphur, while others will boost micro-elements, including copper and zinc.” Danny said agronomists can develop fertiliser management plans, based on visual assessment, plant tissue tests and soil tests. “They can also provide advice in relation to application timing to ensure fertiliser is added at the right time in the production cycle. KUHN fertiliser spreaders can also improve farm profitability by ensuring the right application rate is spread in the right place,” Danny said. “Our new AXENT 100.1 spreader offers particularly efficient spreading precision on a large scale, enabling large cash crop farmers and contractors to control their application rate and maximize crop yield.” The AXENT 100.1 is the first trailed fertiliser spreader on the market fitted with an EMC system, which continuously adjusts the application rate on each disc separately during spreading. Application rates are also adjusted by GPS. “Poor application of fertiliser can result in poor crop performance and waste - the AXENT 100.1 ensures nutrients are spread evenly and accurately, resulting in better pasture performance,” Danny said. “We also recommend farmers check their spreader for general wear and tear and regularly recheck the settings to ensure consistency of application.” Danny said the AXENT 100.1 is revolutionizing trailed fertiliser spreaders and offers two machines in one. “Typical large area fertiliser spreaders are either not capable of spreading lime or to do so greatly reduces fertiliser spread patterns and working widths,” Danny said. “With the AXENT 100.1 you have one spreader with two different spreading modules, which can be interchanged via a quick-change system to spread either granular fertiliser or LIME. The machine also features fully automated filling and rear camera as standard.” The KUHN AXENT 100.1 can be ordered now for the 2018 season, with competitive finance options available. For more information and to learn more about the KUHN difference visit Media Contact: C7EVEN Communications, Luci Smith P: 02 6766 4513/ 0419 618 845 E: A world-first in worming treatment for sheep launched by Virbac Australia 2017-09-13T04:06:41Z a-world-first-in-worming-treatment-for-sheep-launched-by-virbac-australia Virbac Australia is pleased to announce the launch of a technologically advanced product, specially designed to revolutionise sheep worm control. TRIDECTIN™ is the world’s only broad-spectrum combination drench with a registered claim to kill triple-resistant and monepantel-resistant worms. This new class of combination-drench for sheep offers producers the opportunity to ensure healthier, more productive sheep, and it’s a huge step forward in the fight against worms. The advanced patented formulation combines potent chemistry with the latest technology, providing a reliable, safe and effective solution against all the major worm species especially barber’s pole worm, small brown stomach worm, and black scour worm. Tridectin’s triple action treatment contains three powerful actives designed to kill worms fast. It’s ideal to use either as a strategic pre-lamb or summer clean-out treatment, or as needed based on worm egg count results. Containing Moxidectin, Levamisole and Albendazole, for a ‘triple-pronged’ approach to worming, its higher kill rate means fewer worms and eggs, as well as less pasture contamination – which reduces the overall requirement for increased drenching and therefore decreases the rate of selection for resistance. Tridectin delivers a market leading export slaughter interval (ESI) of just 17 days – eleven days shorter than other combination drenches – and is the only oral combination drench that continues to kill susceptible barber’s pole worm and small brown stomach worm for 14 days after drenching, delivering a longer period of protection, which helps producers to increase productivity and profit. With producers gearing up for their first summer drench, Tridectin’s arrival is perfectly timed to assist producers in clearing their stock of worms prior to the hot summer conditions. Worm-infested paddocks not only reduce growth rates, productivity and fertility, but they can even lead to animal death - yet Tridectin helps to minimise the risk over summer, clearing those worms that previous drenches may have left behind and thus reducing pasture contamination. John Embling, Regional Director of SANZA for Virbac Australia and Board Member of Animal Medicines Australia welcomes Tridectin’s introduction to the market. “The introduction of safe, more effective ag-vet chemicals can only be a good thing for our farmers, regional communities and environment. They boost farm productivity by eliminating damaging pests and diseases, and that’s crucial to the success of our agricultural and livestock industries.” Mr Embling goes on to credit the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for its work in getting Tridectin registered. “Even though they were in the midst of relocating from Canberra to Armidale, the APVMA were very efficient in registering and bringing this newer, better formulation to sheep producers at exactly the time they’ll need to use it. With this latest addition to a farmer’s arsenal, the situation for Australia’s agricultural and animal health industry looks very encouraging indeed.” Tridectin follows in the footsteps of Virbac’s leading drench Cydectin, offering an innovative approach that builds on Cydectin’s recognition and success over the past 23 years. Set to launch on September 25th, Tridectin’s release will be supported by an extensive advertising campaign encouraging producers to ‘power up’ their next drench. The product will be available at rural merchandising stores across Australia, and producers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to protect their sheep against worm infection like never before. - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 Quad bikes and escaping stock – local WA farmers learn more about their liability risks from legal experts 2017-08-02T05:00:18Z quad-bikes-and-escaping-stock-local-wa-farmers-learn-more-about-their-liability-risks-from-legal-experts Sydney litigation expert, John Van de Poll, will be highlighting the importance of farm liability insurance at an event in regional Western Australia next week. Organised by Achmea Australia, the events will enable farmers to gain a greater understanding of their on-farm liability risks and strategies to mitigate those risks. “John has over 20 years’ experience as a litigator specialising in all areas of insurance and has managed a significant number of large litigation matters,” said Achmea Australia Risk Specialist, Holly Staton, who is organising the Dalwallinu and Beacon events. “He is also a very engaging and personable speaker, and I am sure attendees will walk away with a good understanding of their obligations following his presentation – ‘Quad bikes and escaping stock’.” Dalwallinu-based Achmea Australia Risk Specialist, Holly Staton said the free presentations offer attendees a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from a specialist in insurance law. “John was awarded Law Partner of the Year: Insurance in The Lawyers Weekly Awards in 2016 and was included in Best Lawyers 2017 (Insurance), so it is a real coup to have someone with his expertise visiting the area,” Holly explained. “John is a very well respected and experienced litigator and I believe all attendees will leave with some practical ideas for developing their own strategy for mitigating risks on-farm.” Date Time Town Where Tuesday 8th August 2017 10.00am Dalwallinu Dalwallinu Sports Club Tuesday 8th August 2017 3.00pm Beacon Beacon Country Club Wednesday 9th August 2017 10.00am Quairading Quairading Community Resource Centre Wednesday 9th August 2017 6.30pm Dumbleyung Dumbleyung Golf Club Thursday 10th August 2017 9.30am Kojonup “Glenlossie” Kojonup, WA Media Opportunity Media are invited to attend the event and interview experienced litigation specialist and Partner at Holman Webb Lawyers, John Van de Poll, about on-farm liability risks and strategies to mitigate those risks. The below Achmea Australia Risk Specialists will also be available for comment at the events. Holly Staton – Dalwallinu and Beacon Steve Field – Beacon, Dumbleyung and Quairading Brett Fowler – Dumbleyung and Kojonup Media Contact Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications T: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 E: John Van de Poll, Partner Holman Webb Lawyers John is an experienced litigator specialising in all areas of insurance and is an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation (Insurance). John has managed a significant number of large litigation matters. John provides advice concerning policy interpretation across all insurance areas. Within the Holman Webb Insurance group John leads the Recoveries team and co-leads the Litigation group. John is also an experienced advocate, regularly appearing for clients in court while also participating in alternative dispute resolution programs in those matters identified as unsuitable for litigation. In 2016, John was awarded Law Partner of the Year: Insurance in The Lawyers Weekly Awards and was included in Best Lawyers 2017 (Insurance). About Achmea Australia Achmea Australia is a dedicated agricultural insurance company committed to reducing risks and premiums to its Australian customers. It works with its clients to prevent and manage risks across five categories: buildings; inventory; business interruption; vehicles and liability. It’s All-in-One Farm Pack and winter crop insurance allow customers to tailor their cover to their precise needs. Achmea Australia has an exclusive distribution philosophy. It believes in its collaboration and association with Rabobank, which has a strong presence in rural Australia. By employing their own local Risk Specialists, it is adding value to its clients with a personalised and tailored service as well as keeping costs down. Achmea Australia enjoys the financial strength of its parent company Achmea, based in the Netherlands. For more information visit Photo Caption: John Van de Poll, Partner Holman Webb Lawyers New seed distribution centre sets Australian benchmark 2017-08-02T04:30:41Z new-seed-distribution-centre-sets-australian-benchmark Managing Director of Rural Bank, Alexandra Gartmann, will officially open PGG Wrightson Seeds state-of-the art seed processing and distribution site at Truganina, Victoria on Wednesday 9 August 2017. John Stewart the General Manager of PGG Wrightson Seeds in Australia said, “the opening of this new facility is testament of our commitment to the Australian seed industry. In addition to the work we already undertake in plant research and development, this represents a significant investment in warehousing and logistics that will efficiently deliver the highest quality seed to our customers.” PGG Wrightson Seeds’ investment in the innovative facility will support the next generation of forage seed genetics and dramatically improve the seed supply chain for Australian farmers. Quintin McCall is the National Supply Chain Manager for PGG Wrightson Seeds and said the purpose-built facility sets a new benchmark for seed distribution centres in Australia. “Our new facility at Truganina is a vital link in our supply chain and we have invested in creating a best-in-class operation that is unparalleled in the industry,” Quintin said. “PGG Wrightson Seeds provides the market with a wide range of high quality products and we have invested heavily to ensure we have product of high quality available to producers when they need it.” Storing seed with endophytes was a key consideration when designing the new facility. “Endophytes have been one of our big breakthroughs producing persistent pasture plants better suited to handle tougher conditions and resistant to pest pressure,” Quintin explained. “Seed containing endophytes needs to be stored correctly or it will quickly lose its quality, so one of the big things we have done is install a large cold-room and provided roof insulation to lower temperatures. The 20,000 square metre facility, also features an innovative seed mixing plant. “Our state-of-the-art seed mixers have dramatically increased our seed mixing capabilities which means we can be very responsive to customer demand, particularly when customers have specific order requirements,” Quintin said. Improving the health, safety and wellbeing of its employees was also a major consideration when designing the new facility. “The volume of seed that we manually handle has dramatically reduced due to storage configuration changes, and we have installed a comprehensive dust management system which creates a more pleasant working environment for staff in our manufacturing areas,” Quintin said. “The office environment has also been considered, and staff now have a much more open and spacious office with plenty of exposure to natural light.” The facility will process seeds from Tasmania, New Zealand, South America, the United States of America and other international origins. Improvements in export capabilities will also enable the facility to increase seed sales internationally. “We are very proud of our facility in Melbourne and it’s industry-leading features and capabilities and we’re excited about the upcoming official opening,” Quintin said. “Melbourne is our largest site and a major link in our supply chain nationally and we are really excited with what we have here.” Media are welcome to attend the official opening of PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Truganina facility on Wednesday 9 August 2017. WHAT Opening of PGG Wrightson Seeds distribution centre in Truganina WHEN Wednesday 9 August 2017, 3:00 pm WHERE PGG Wrightson Seeds, 13 Felstead Drive, Truganina VIC 3029 WHO Media are invited to attend the launch, tour the facility and interview: John Stewart - General Manager, PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia Quintin McCall - National Supply Chain Manager, PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia Alexandra Gartmann, Managing Director, Rural Bank and guest speaker PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia Pasture Specialists Ends. For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 / Kate Munsie, 02 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 / Alexandra Gartmann Biography Alexandra joined Rural Bank as Chief Executive Officer in October 2015, having been a member of the Board since November 2014. Before joining Rural Bank, Alexandra was CEO of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), a charitable foundation based on a partnership between philanthropy, community, government and business supporting the economic prosperity of rural, regional and remote communities across Australia. Prior to this, Ms Gartmann held the position of CEO of the Birchip Cropping Group for 10 years — a not-for-profit agricultural research organisation based in the Mallee Wimmera region. Alexandra was previously a member of the Board of the Rural Finance Corporation of Victoria. She is Chair of the CSIRO Agriculture Advisory Council, a member of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership and a member of the Victorian Agriculture Advisory Council. She has been a member of the Crawford Fund, National Rural Advisory Council and RIRDC National Rural Issues Consultative Group. As a champion for rural and regional Australia, Alexandra will be officially opening the PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia facility and providing her views on the need for infrastructure and research investment to support efficient supply chains and drive agricultural research to support ongoing farm innovation. Photo Captions: PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia Melbourne Distribution Centre – Outside PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia Melbourne Distribution Centre – Warehousing PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia Melbourne Distribution Centre – Inside Rural Bank Managing Director Alexandra Gartmann PGG Wrightson Seeds acquires Superior Seed Company 2017-07-27T23:00:03Z pgg-wrightson-seeds-acquires-superior-seed-company PGG Wrightson Seeds (PGWS) today announced the purchase of Superior Seed Company at Deniliquin in the Riverina Region of NSW. The parties have agreed terms, and expect Superior Seed Co to transition to PGWS ownership by the end of August 2017. Superior Seed Co is a local seed production, cleaning and wholesale marketing business. The company was established in 2002 by Ian Lea, and is the largest provider of proprietary cereal and pulse seeds to the district’s broadacre farming industry. In addition to its seed production and marketing activities the business also custom cleans and grades cereals and pulses for local farmers and warehouses up to 3000 MT of seed. Australian manager of PGG Wrightson Seeds, John Stewart said “we are pleased to have the opportunity to invest in a respected local provider of high quality planting seed. At PGG Wrightson Seeds, we are committed to improving farmer productivity through high performance planting seeds. We feel that Superior Seed Co’s business culture aligns well with these values.” Superior Seed Co’s General Manager Ian Lea said “PGG Wrightson Seeds with its much broader range of crop and pasture seed products, backed by plant breeding capability, will open up new opportunities for Superior Seed Co’s suppliers and customers. We’re pleased to be handing the business over to such a well-resourced and respected company.” The Superior Seed Co business will trade under PGG Wrightson Seed’s very successful seed distribution business AusWest Seeds. AusWest Seeds holds licences to produce and market a full range of cereal varieties from both Australian and International cereal breeding companies, as well as a full range of pasture seed. AusWest Seeds has been providing crop and pasture seeds for 60 years and is pleased to now be able to better service the grain and grazing industries in southern NSW and northern Victoria. Committed to keeping jobs in the local area, Peter Johnson, the manager at AusWest Seeds, commented that "the seed cleaning facilities and capable staff located on Barham Road near Deniliquin, coupled with access to a number of local professional seed producers gave AusWest Seeds the capability to bring improved plant genetics to this highly productive cropping region." The Deniliquin location will also allow AusWest Seeds to better service the pasture seed market with annual and perennial grasses, legumes and forage crops such as oats, sorghum, millet and brassicas. Superior Seed Company is expected to transition to AusWest Seeds from 1st September 2017. For more detail contact Peter Johnson at AusWest Seeds on 0457 856 579 or Ian Lea at Superior Seed Co on 0428 629 265 Ends. For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 Australian beef producer, Jack's Creek win World's Best Fillet Steak Award at World Steak Challenge! 2017-07-05T00:41:20Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-win-world-s-best-fillet-steak-award-at-world-steak-challenge Jack’s Creek win World’s Best Fillet Steak Award at World Steak Challenge 2017! Family-run Australian beef producer, Jack’s Creek has won the World's Best Fillet Steak producer accolade at the World Steak Challenge in London last night; the third time in a row that the producer has been the recipient of a top award at the competition. The competition was bigger and tougher than ever with 17 countries and over 100 entries from the world’s top beef producers. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Fillet. Jack’s Creek also won a Gold medal for its Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Striploin and a Silver Medal for its Wagyu F2+ 450-day grain fed Rib Eye. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's Creek commented, “I am delighted with the outcome this year. We spent a considerable amount of time selecting our entries alongside our German distributor, Albers Food, who this year came to our farm in Tamworth, Australia to assist in the selection process for our Wagyu entries. With added categories, their input was very valuable!” “A third consecutive set of Gold and Silver medals, as well as the World’s Best Fillet Steak award confirms that we are producing a consistent, high quality product and I am very proud of the business we have created. As I always say, this is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” Chair of judges Marco Peerdeman said, “We focused on how the steaks taste, taking into account their tenderness. Those that got it right jumped out at you. The steaks were definitely high this year! It’s interesting for us with the different categories as different cuts have different qualities so we had to take that into account.” Rod Addy, editor of GlobalMeatNews, said: “The sheer range and quality of entries this year is a testament to the hard work put in by producers across the globe. This year’s Challenge has attracted a record number of entries, reflecting the pride producers take in their products and the eagerness to win an accolade, which will propel their business and their brand.” Jack’s Creek’s award-winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, BLACK Bar & Grill, Catalina, LuMi Bar and Dining and many more. ARIA restaurant Head Chef Ben Turner commented that, “Jack’s Creek beef is always a consistent and tasty product” and BLACK Bar & Grill Executive Chef, Dany Karam said, “When I heard the prized sirloin from Jack’s Creek was named the World’s Best Steak, I knew I had to have it. We smoke it over our signature cherry wood ash before cooking it on the iron bark grill and serving it medium to bring out the tender flavour and succulent texture. Our customers absolutely love it.” For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / About Jack’s Creek Jack’s Creek is still regarded as a relative newcomer in the world of specialist beef after launching in 2000. However, in 1947 the Warmoll Family began farming in Breeza and the company’s links to fine food dates back to 1852, when the Warmoll Family emigrated from Ireland before opening butcher’s shops in the Victorian and NSW gold fields. The company is family run by co-founders and brothers, Philip and David Warmoll and sons Patrick Warmoll, MD and Robert Warmoll. Jack’s Creek is at the forefront of Australian premium beef production – processing and marketing grain fed Wagyu and Black Angus, which it ships to more than 20 destinations around the world including Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the Germany. Sheep farmer grateful for $20K tax write-off to improve farm productivity 2017-06-06T00:30:40Z 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 ( 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 Local farmers learn from insurance experts 2017-05-29T05:44:12Z local-farmers-learn-from-insurance-experts-1 Local farmers welcomed an opportunity to increase their knowledge of on-farm liability responsibilities during a presentation by Sydney litigation expert, John Van de Poll in Leongatha, Warragul and Shepparton this week. Organised by Achmea Australia, the free event offered attendees a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from an insurance law specialist. “John has over 20 years’ experience as a litigator specialising in all areas of insurance and has managed a significant number of large rural litigation matters,” said Achmea Australia Regional Manager, Karen Kenny. “He was a very personable and engaging speaker and I have no doubt attendees went away with a better understanding of what their obligations are following his presentation – ‘Quad bikes and escaping stock’.” Local farmer Brian Kelly said he found the event extremely informative. “It was good to get some clarity around liability issues that confront us every day like stock on roads, quad bikes and employees or contractors on our farm”, said Brian. Shepparton-based Achmea Australia Risk Specialist, Kieran Kelly said the focus of the event was to improve their clients understanding of on-farm liability. “John was awarded Law Partner of the Year: Insurance in The Lawyers Weekly Awards in 2016 and was included in Best Lawyers 2017 (Insurance), so it was a real coup to have someone with his expertise visiting the area,” Kieran explained. “John is a very well respected and experienced litigator and I believe all attendees left with some practical ideas for developing their own strategy for mitigating risks on-farm.” Karen Kenny said Achmea Australia hosted three events throughout regional Victoria. “Achmea Australia is a relatively new insurer of Australia’s farming sector but we have over 200 years of experience at helping farmers prevent, manage, and cover risk, with more than 13 million customers worldwide,” Karen explained. “Organising John to speak and meet local farmers in Leongatha, Warragul and Shepparton is our way of supporting our clients to reduce their risk and keep farming, no matter what.” - End - Photo caption: John Van de Poll delivering a Farm Liability presentation in Shepparton Media Contact Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications T: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 E: About Achmea Australia Achmea Australia is a dedicated agricultural insurance company committed to helping its clients identify, reduce and manage risks. It works with its clients to prevent and manage risks across five categories: buildings; inventory; business interruption; vehicles and liability. It’s All-in-One Farm Pack and winter crop insurance allow customers to tailor their cover to their precise needs. Achmea Australia has an exclusive distribution philosophy. It believes in its collaboration and association with Rabobank, which has a strong presence in rural Australia. By employing their own local Risk Specialists, it is adding value to its clients with a personalised and tailored service as well as keeping costs down. Achmea Australia enjoys the financial strength of its parent company Achmea, based in the Netherlands. For more information visit