The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-05T01:41:20Z Australian beef producer, Jack's Creek win World's Best Fillet Steak Award at World Steak Challenge! 2017-07-05T01:41:20Z 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.” www.jackscreek.com.au For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / annabel@polkadotpr.com.au 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. Local farmers learn from insurance experts 2017-05-29T06:44:12Z 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: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au 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 www.achmea.com.au Local farmers learn from insurance experts 2017-05-29T06:37:53Z local-farmers-learn-from-insurance-experts 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. Leongatha-based Achmea Australia Risk Specialist, David Ross 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,” David 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: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au 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 www.achmea.com.au Shepparton Event: Quad bikes and escaping stock - local farmers learn more about their liability risks from legal experts 2017-05-18T07:00:06Z shepparton-event-quad-bikes-and-escaping-stock-local-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 Victoria 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, Kieran Kelly, who is organising the Shepparton event. “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’.” Shepparton-based Achmea Australia Risk Specialist, Kieran Kelly said the free presentation offered 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,” Kieran 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 Wednesday 24th May 2017 10.30am Shepparton Shepparton Rabobank Branch, 76 Wyndham Street, Shepparton 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. Achmea Australia Risk Specialist, Kieran Kelly will also be available for comment at the event. Media Contact Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications T: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au 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. n 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 www.achmea.com.au Hero cow that took ‘unbelievable’ swim through NSW floodwater receives mineral reward 2017-05-11T01:30:27Z hero-cow-that-took-unbelievable-swim-through-nsw-floodwater-receives-mineral-reward Hero cow that took ‘unbelievable’ swim through NSW floodwater receives mineral reward A pregnant cow that survived a massive swim through floodwaters on the NSW north coast has received a free health boost following the awe-inspiring effort. The Angus-cross cow, known as Debbie, became a local hero in April after managing to swim from Lismore to Ballina during the recent floods that ravaged parts of the state’s north. What made Debbie’s effort all the more remarkable was that she was heavily pregnant at the time. In the wake of the incredible story, animal health company Virbac Australia has administered Debbie with Multimin - an injectable source of zinc, manganese, copper and selenium – to help get her back to full health following the incredible ordeal. Virbac also administered drench, vaccine and other medication free of charge, to the rest of farmer Tony Ivey's cattle at his Gundurimba property, east of Lismore, which was hard hit by the floods. Virbac’s technical vet Dr Matthew Ball administered the free nutrition injections on Monday, 8 May 2017. Mr Ivey said Debbie, and his other remaining Brangus cattle, would benefit from the vet’s visit to the farm. “The length of time that Debbie spent in the water is unreal. It’s a long time in the water, days and days. It was just unbelievable that she made it out okay,” he said. “She floated 70 kilometers down the river before being found and has been struggling a bit since, so it great to give her a boost.” Dr Ball said like the rest of the community, he had been amazed by Debbie’s superhuman effort. “We heard about Debbie’s story of the swimming cow and it really struck a chord with us. We thought we could help given she was stressed, in late gestation, and looked very copper deficient.,” Dr Ball said. “We are excited about helping her and the rest of Tony’s remaining cattle with Multimin as it can help improve all of those things as it assists to top up trace minerals close to high demand periods.” Multimin significantly and quickly lifts the trace mineral status of cattle and is ideal for events like joining, calving, marking, and weaning when nutrition demand increases. It helps provide trace minerals essential for optimal health, production and fertility and is delivered via a water-based injection. - Ends – Photo caption: Dr Matthew Ball, Technical Veterinarian with Virbac Australia injects Tony Ivey's cattle with Multimin_8.5.2017. Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of pet care products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. Announcing new leadership for Achmea Australia 2017-04-18T03:45:31Z announcing-new-leadership-for-achmea-australia Achmea Australia is poised to welcome a new CEO, following the news that current CEO Timo van Voorden is returning to the Netherlands – the birthplace of Achmea – after five successful years spent launching and running the company here in Australia. Timo has been instrumental in setting up the Australian division, working tirelessly to carve a niche for the organisation in mutual-based insurance and risk management for the farming community. Of his time in Australia Timo says he is most proud of what the company has achieved, particularly over the last three and a half years with the delivery of innovative, tailored and cost effective insurance for Australian agriculture businesses. “Embedded within local regional communities, our nation-wide network of Risk Specialists have been able to ensure Australian agricultural businesses benefit from our co-operative insurance approach. “They are there to provide immediate support in times of need and it is these relationships that have seen Achmea Australia achieve a 99% client retention rate and a client net promoter score four times the industry average,” Timo said. “I would like to thank Division International and the Executive Board of the Achmea Group for sending me to Australia five years ago. It has been an absolute dream job to build Achmea Australia from the ground up, and to recruit such a great group of people to do it with me,” Timo added. The Achmea Australia team wish Timo every success in the next stage of his career and is pleased to announce Emma Thomas as Timo’s successor. Emma comes to Achmea Australia from FMG Insurance, a large farm insurer in New Zealand, where she’s already demonstrated herself to be a proven senior leader, gaining extensive experience in the agricultural and financial services industry. She has been a central figure in driving the overall growth, client satisfaction and market share strategies for FMG, which is New Zealand’s leading rural insurer. Over the last 10 years Emma has held roles at FMG including National Sales Manager, Head of Sales, Service and Operations, Head of Advice and Sales and Financial Controller. Prior to joining FMG, Emma’s experience includes Executive financial management leadership of a New Zealand IT solutions company, and Audit roles with Deloitte in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. Emma has a strong affinity with agribusiness through her family and financial services background. She is committed to continuous development of her leadership and governance skills, and cultivating valuable networks within the primary industries sector. Reflecting on her new role with Achmea Australia, Emma spoke of her keenness to build on the achievements already made by Timo and the company over the past five years in Australia. “I’m excited to join the Achmea Australia team and bring my rural insurance experience to the position of CEO. Having seen first-hand the devastating impacts – both commercially and personally – of natural disasters and storm events on the farming community, the mutual ethos has a very important role in the Australian insurance industry. I look forward to building on the proud history Achmea has in supporting rural businesses and putting clients first,” says Emma. Meanwhile, outgoing CEO Timo is in no doubt that the company will remain in the most capable of hands with Emma and her team. “I am confident Emma will make a significant contribution to Achmea Australia and our clients, and as a senior female industry leader has the potential to influence Australia’s agriculture agenda,” he said. “I wish Emma all the very best of luck in her new role as CEO, and I know she has a fantastic team to support her and to continue the accelerated growth of Achmea in Australia.” Emma joins the company later this month, and Achmea Australia look forward to welcoming her to the family. 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 allows 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 www.achmea.com.au. - END- Photo Caption – Outgoing Achmea Australia CEO, Timo van Voorden Photo Caption – Incoming Achmea Australia CEO, Emma Thomas Media Contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications T: 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Flooding offers mixed conditions for autumn planting 2017-04-10T06:00:37Z flooding-offers-mixed-conditions-for-autumn-planting Widespread rain across much of the country has created mixed conditions for planting winter pastures, with farmers advised to plant now or monitor soil moisture closely over the coming weeks. Allan Mudford is the Northern Product Development Manager for PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia and said the there is an opportunity for producers in the western zones of south east Queensland to plant oats and annual ryegrass. “Flooding and water logging in the eastern zones will however delay planting, but I would suggest farmers plant any higher ground with an annual rye grass like Winter Star II or Diamond T as soon as possible,” Mr Mudford said. “I would then suggest planting Italian varieties like Concord II or Nourish for late winter and spring/summer production when the lower country dries out.” Farmers living in flooded areas should also prepare for Autumn planting now. “Farmers living in flooded areas should be prepared to plant as soon as possible if no follow up rain occurs – before the colder soil and air temperatures set in,” Mr Mudford said. “In areas that have been dry all this summer current rain will allow a good opportunity to plant over the next two to three weeks.” Mr Mudford said Autumn offers the ideal window for planting winter pasture. “Autumn is that time of year that can set you up for 12 months of production. A good autumn planting can produce more pasture over your winter period, and that results in more profitability on farm,” Mr Mudford said. “When selecting a pasture variety, farmers should determine what periods they are more likely to need more feed and plan by using different varieties. For example, some producers need early winter production and some need more feed later in the winter.” An ideal planting profile would include early and late maturing pastures, to enable a high volume of winter feed and late-season pasture for hay and silage, that could be used for next winter or even in a drought. “10 years ago farmers used to plant one variety of pasture, now 60 percent of farmers use different varieties to create different production curves,” Mr Mudford explained. “There are better genetics in the varieties today and they are growing longer into the season then what they used to.” Timing is critical, with planting technique and soil moisture impacting optimum growth. “Some of the flood irrigation does not work - you can have plant damage, so the type of irrigation is very critical,” Mr Mudford explained. “It’s also important to have a good understanding of the root structure of your plants and monitor soil moisture, so you get the most bang for your dollar in terms of irrigation water.” Mr Mudford said Concord II is a good consistent variety of pasture that is suited to a wide range of soils and environmental conditions across Australia. “Concord II is fast establishing, has good rebound after grazing and has a nice densely tillered, which leads to more feed for the cows to consume,” Mr Mudford said. “It also has an exceptionally long season to it - in the north we get it to grow into late January and silage coming into Spring and Summer.” With 18 years’ experience with PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia, Mr Mudford visits a number of farms and advises farmers in different areas with different farming conditions. “Our staff have a good base knowledge of how farmers are achieving higher productivity in a large range of environments. We get to visit a wide range of farms and sometimes they have problems and sometimes they have great stories of high productivity, so we can share those stories,” Mr Mudford said. For more information on how Concord II can improve your pasture production, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Sales Agronomist as listed at www.pggwrightsonseeds.com.au Ends. Photo Caption - Allan Mudford, PGG Wrightson Seeds Northern Product Development Manager For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Leading South African vet to showcase trace mineral impact on bull fertility in Australian tour 2017-04-04T00:00:22Z leading-south-african-vet-to-showcase-trace-mineral-impact-on-bull-fertility-in-australian-tour Prominent South African veterinarian Dr Martin Ferreira will touch down in Australia this week for a tour highlighting the benefits of trace minerals on bull fertility and semen quality. Dr Ferreira, whose current research investigates the effect of injectable trace minerals on bull semen quality and its freezing and fawning, arrives on Saturday April 8 and will present at six events across Australia on the six-day tour. A guest of Virbac Australia, Dr Ferreira will present on the latest in trace mineral science and how trace minerals can assist in bull fertility and semen quality. The tour is targeted at cattle veterinarians, reproduction professionals, and beef/dairy producers and aims to improve knowledge and understanding of trace minerals, which are essential for fertility and optimal production in beef and dairy cattle. Virbac Australia Livestock Nutrition Specialist, Dr Jerry Liu, said the tour was a chance for industry participants to hear from Dr Ferreira, who has over 24 years consulting experience with leading South African animal health companies. “We are excited to be hosting Dr Ferreira, who will present cutting edge, world class information to Australian industry professionals and beef and dairy producers,” Dr Liu said. “For beef and dairy producers, the chance to learn the latest in trace mineral science from a global expert is truly unique.” He said in addition to his trace minerals work, Dr Ferreira had over 26 years of experience as a professional vet, with his work taking him to many parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia and Uganda. “With Dr Ferreira’s current area of research being the effects of trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, it’s a unique opportunity to hear from a global leader in the field,” Dr Liu said. “Dr Ferreira has also provided productivity consultation for beef, dairy and feedlot operations as well as operating his own cattle property for 21 years.” Dr Ferreira is scheduled to speak at locations including Camden in NSW, Gippsland and Western Region in Victoria, and Toowoomba and Rockhampton in Queensland, on the tour. Whilst the events are invitation only, Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Ferreira during his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. State Date Time Town Where NSW Saturday 8th April 9:00 – 16:00 Camden, NSW The University of Sydney, Mayfarm VIC Sunday 9th April Dinner time Gippsland, VIC TBA VIC Monday 10th April 11:30 – 13:00 Ensay, VIC Little River Inn (64-70 Johnston St) VIC Tuesday 11th April 10:30 – 12:00 Gazette, VIC Moyle Pathfinder Angus (2126 MacArthur-Penshurst Rd) 14:00 – 15:30 Camperdown, VIC Total Livestock Genetics (4969 Princes Highway) QLD Wednesday 12st April 12:30 – 15:00 East Toowoomba, QLD Toowoomba Motel (2 Burnage St) 18:30 onwards Toogoolawah, QLD South East Country Vets (31 Cairnscroft St) WA Thursday 13th April 10:00 – 12:30 North Rockhampton, QLD Park Avenue Hotel (Cnr Haynes & Main St) Media Opportunity Dr Martin Ferreira will deliver a presentation on bull fertility and semen quality, and how trace minerals can help. Interview opportunity with Dr Martin Ferreira, - Ends - Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Martin Ferreira: Martin Ferreira is a veterinarian specialist in herd health and preventative medicine. He completed his Masters of Veterinary Medicine (Bovine) at the University of Pretoria in 2000 and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Pretoria. His area of research investigates the effect of injectable trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, and its freezing and fawning. Mr Ferreira has over 26 years of veterinary experience in mixed practice, and over 24 years of experience working as a consultant for various animal health companies in South Africa. His work has taken him to various parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia & Uganda. Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of pet care products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. Top tips to prepare for the hay and silage season 2017-03-23T01:30:20Z top-tips-to-prepare-for-the-hay-and-silage-season Regular annual hay and silage making is now common-place on many farms in Australia and while sticking to a suitable rotation throughout winter will see you through there are still some important things to consider. Pasture selection and preparation for one, is an important consideration to maximise the production potential of silage and while there is a number of factors that influence the pasture including climate, agronomic constraints and the silage system that will be used, farmers should firstly consider what best suits their whole farm program. “Harvesting high quality fodder is one of the key focus areas for KUHN Farm Machinery innovation,” says Mr Bruno Fetiveau, Managing Director KUHN Farm Machinery. “Low quality forage is unlikely to become good quality silage, so it is important that farmers consider the management of their pasture, the growth stage at harvest, as well as wrapping the bales sufficiently for storage.” Because application of fertiliser can have major implications on the quality and quantity of silage, another key consideration is the soil and plant fertiliser requirements. Nitrogen and potassium levels need to be managed to maximise yield as well and feed quality. Hay and silage production absorbs a lot of potassium from the soil, so an application in early spring may be required. Nitrogen levels also need to be monitored closely, and topdress to individual yield requirements. To address this Mr Fetiveau says that farmers are encouraged to soil test their pastures before sowing and during the growth stages to ascertain the fertility of their paddocks. For paddock preparation and throughout the pasture growth stages, weed and pest management is also an important consideration. Hay and silage making can be used as a highly effective weed control strategy, however established weeds in silage or hay pastures can reduce the feed quality and in some cases be toxic to livestock. Weeds should be controlled early-on to avoid infestations. The main weeds to consider include Capeweed, Fireweed and Patersons Curse. The same applies to in managing disease or insect damage. Common pets such as aphids and diseases such as rust can dramatically impact yield and feed quality. Finally, it is also important to take a look at machinery needs and plan for any servicing, maintenance or repairs, so you’re not let down in the middle of harvest. Growers will need to weigh up investing in machinery or utilising the services of a contractor. Machinery innovation, technology improvements and the latest precision agriculture software applications make hay and silage production much more productive and profitable. Mr Fetiveau says: “KUHN offers a large range of reliable products for hay and silage production. Our wide choice of agricultural machinery including vertical tillage systems and power harrows, fertiliser spreaders, sprayers, mowers, rakes, balers and wrappers, are all designed and manufactured using cutting edge technology.” To ensure farmers have the best machines for the next silage season, KUHN have a special finance offer until 15 April 2017 with 0.99% interest on any two machines purchased for three years with 1/3 deposit. For hay tools 1.99% interest over three years with 1/3 deposit and balers and wrappers 1.99% for four years with 1/3 deposit. For more information and to learn more about the KUHN difference visit www.kuhn.com.au. Ends. Media Contact: C7EVEN Communications Pty Ltd Adam Arndell Luci Smith P: 02 6766 4513/ 0403 372 889 P: 02 6766 4513 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au E: luci.smith@c7even.com.au PGG Wrightson Seeds Base AR37 tops Australian Forage Value Index 2017-03-02T05:00:14Z pgg-wrightson-seeds-base-ar37-tops-australian-forage-value-index PGG Wrightson Seeds Base AR37 perennial ryegrass, has topped the charts in the new Australian Forage Value Index, just released by Dairy Australia. The Forage Value Index has found Base AR37 perennial ryegrass to be the highest performing cultivar throughout South West Victoria, Gippsland, Northern Victoria and Tasmania across most seasons. PGG Wrightson Seeds, National Sales & Marketing Manager, Cameron Henley says the Index results support the company’s long-term, ongoing commitment to research and development, which he says is the foundation for developing great pasture cultivars. “Since 1938 PGG Wrightson Seeds has proudly led the development of improved pasture plant genetics in Australia and it is the rigour of our research and testing that helps us select elite material,” said Cameron. “We work closely with farmers to get the balance right and we are pleased that Base AR37 has been recognised as the top performing cultivar across south-east Australia.” The Forage Value Index is a rating system that helps Australian dairy producers and their advisors to make more informed decisions when selecting perennial ryegrass cultivars and provides an accurate, reliable and independent assessment of the potential economic value of perennial ryegrass cultivars in different dairy regions of south-east Australia. As an excellent late season quality feed Base AR37 has shown excellent persistence and very high tiller density, high dry matter production and is unsurpassed for dry matter yield. For more information on how Base AR37 perennial ryegrass can improve your pasture production, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds’ Sales Agronomist as listed at www.pggwrightsonseeds.com.au The Australian Forage Value Index is a partnership between Dairy Australia, Agriculture Victoria, DairyNZ, the Australian Seed Federation and Meat and Livestock Australia. Further information about the Australian Forage Value Index and the 2017 Forage Value Index Pasture Tables are available at: http://www.dairyaustralia.com.au/Pastures-and-Feeding/Pasture/Forage-Value-Index.aspx Ends. For media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell, 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au KUHN Expo showcases the best in farm machinery innovation 2017-02-24T00:30:46Z kuhn-expo-showcases-the-best-in-farm-machinery-innovation Over the last two days, KUHN Farm Machinery has welcomed more than 300 dealers and customers to the KUHN Farm Machinery Expo in Cowra, NSW. The event was a unique opportunity to meet global product experts from the United States and Europe as well as get hands on experience with KUHN’s innovative farm machinery. 30 machines were showcased, across both days, demonstrating the KUHN difference through the company’s strength and technology in design and manufacturing including, for the first time in Australia, the KUHN AGT 6036 Pneumatic Fertiliser Spreader; KUHN Axent Fertiliser Spreader; KUHN HR 8040R Power Harrow and the KUHN Excelerator Vertical Tillage System. Tillage expert Wade Oman from the KUHN factory in North America was on hand to demonstrate the impressive features and innovations of the Excelerator Vertical Tillage System. Wade says with exclusive Excalibur blades to capture and slice through residue, the Excelerator Vertical Tillage System provides exceptional residue cutting, soil and residue mixing and seedbed preparation in one pass. Danny Tranter, Integrated Solutions, KUHN Australia said: “when it comes to spreaders KUHN’s AGT 6036 Pneumatic Fertiliser Spreader, with a daily output of 400ha, is perfect for fine and irregularly sized or prilled fertilisers.” “The AGT 6036 ensures precise spreading over the entire 36m working width regardless of wind, terrain inclination and fertiliser quality.” Danny added that: “As a leader in farm machinery, KUHN offers farmers the best products right around the world and the Axent Fertiliser Spreader is no exception. It is the first trailed spreader with continuous adjustment during spreading and has two spreading modules for spreading different products – granule or powder type fertiliser.” Throughout the Expo, dealers and customers were given access to live demonstrations and presentations on the full range of KUHN Farm Machinery. Mr Bruno Fetiveau, Managing Director, KUHN Farm Machinery said the Expo was a huge success with dealers and customers leaving with new knowledge and information about the impressive range of KUHN Farm Machinery and the amazing technologies that make up the KUHN difference. Vision and photographs from the Expo are available at: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/j3kq47yiqlqfw8e/AABwMldKAM0evtsFY-dj7yOba?dl=0. For more information and to learn more about the KUHN difference visit www.kuhn.com.au. Ends. Media Contact: C7EVEN Communications, Adam Arndell P: 02 6766 4513/ 0403 372 889 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au KUHN FARM MACHINERY EXPO 2017 2017-02-07T02:30:19Z kuhn-farm-machinery-expo-2017 This February, KUHN Farm Machinery will, for the first time in Australia, be showcasing its KUHN AGT 6036 Pneumatic Fertiliser Spreader; KUHN Axent Fertiliser Spreader; KUHN HR 8040R Power Harrow and the KUHN Excelerator Vertical Tillage System at the KUHN Farm Machinery Expo. The Expo will be held in the central west NSW town of Cowra over two days (22 – 23) in February providing an opportunity for both dealers and customers alike to meet product experts from the United States and Europe as well as get hands on experience with KUHN’s innovative farm machinery. Across both days, the KUHN difference will be on display demonstrating the company’s strength and technology in design and manufacturing. Wednesday 22 February attendance is restricted to KUHN dealers and Thursday 23 February KUHN will open up the gates to customers and members of the public for the day. Those wishing to attend are required to register at www.kuhn.com.au prior to the event. 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 day. A full range of images and B-roll will be available to media after the event. WHAT: KUHN FARM MACHINERY EXPO WHEN: Wednesday 22 February 2017 from 8.30am – 4.00pm (Dealer Expo) Thursday 23 February 2017 from 8.30am – 4.00pm (Customer Expo) WHERE: Cowra, NSW N.B – As the Expo is held on private property KUHN have arranged transportation to and from the site. The meeting point for transport is the Cowra Saleyards, Young Road Cowra. Media Opportunity: Interviews with KUHN product experts from North America and Europe Interviews with KUHN Managing Director, Bruno Fetiveau and KUHN Marketing Manager & Product Sales Support Australia, Sarah Govier On-site interviews with KUHN dealers and customers Photo and vision opportunities of KUHN Farm Machinery in action First look at the KUHN 2017 machinery range including balers; sprayers; tillage; fertiliser spreaders; mixer wagons; and hay making machines. <ENDS> Media Contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN Communications 02 6766 4513 0403 372 889 E: adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Luci Smith C7EVEN Communications 02 6766 4513 E: luci.smith@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. Virbac Australia's Commercial Manager recognised as a finalist in the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women's Award 2016-09-27T02:47:04Z virbac-australia-s-commercial-manager-recognised-as-a-finalist-in-the-2016-telstra-nsw-business-women-s-award Virbac Australia’s Commercial Manager, Sarah Hunter has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW Telstra Business Awards. The highly sought after Awards not only recognise Australia’s most exceptional business women but are a symbol of business excellence. John Embling, General Manager Virbac Australia said: “Sarah is one of the most senior women in the $1Bn animal health market in Australia and her selection as a finalist in these Awards is a fitting accolade and we are thrilled that her contribution to the industry has been given the recognition it deserves.” With experience spanning two decades and two continents, Sarah says she sees her role as a finalist as an opportunity to promote Australian agriculture - and animal health - as a vibrant and exciting industry in which to build a career. “I am a proud Agricultural Science graduate from the University of Sydney and I love to showcase the myriad – and sometimes not immediately obvious – pathways that exist for those whose passion is for agriculture and veterinary science,” she said. “It is also great to show the way in which progressive leadership and business approaches fit naturally with creative problem-solving - a cornerstone of both agricultural and veterinary innovation” she added. Since joining Virbac Australia in 2004, Sarah and her team have been unlocking value at all levels by asking, “why not?” and breaking new ground in the way they do business and she says, anyone can do it. “All you need is to be prepared to test yourself, back yourself and not be afraid to tread a different path to everyone else.” Sarah is a finalist in the Corporate and Private Award category and will attend the Gala Dinner at Doltone House in Pyrmont on 11 October 2016 where the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Award winners will be announced. “We wish Sarah every success at the Awards and hope to see her contend the national award next month,” said John. Ends. AUSTRALIAN BEEF PRODUCER, JACK'S CREEK RETAINS THE WORLD'S BEST STEAK TITLE 2016-09-22T23:56:49Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-retains-the-world-s-best-steak-title The competition was tougher than ever with 17 countries and 83 of the world’s top beef producers entering the competition Held in London last night in a bid to win the title. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 75% aged for 30 months and grain fed with judges noting it won on it's all round top quality. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's creek said of the win, “We spent considerable time selecting the entry and this win confirms that we’re the best in the world again. Winning last year was one of the biggest things to happen to us and our brand awareness rocketed and it’s been great for business. This is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” He also added. “We will be going for the hat trick next year!” Chair of judges and butcher Keith Boxley said, “Every gold medal winner was worthy of winning the top prize but the overall winner was outstanding. It scored highly on appearance, quality, taste and tenderness.” He also added, “People are getting more selective about the meat they eat and they want something more prepared. As a butcher judging this competition, I'm looking for something that looks and tastes nice that has no gristle.” Jack’s Creeks’ award winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, black by EZARD, 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 Catalina’s Executive Chef, Mark Axisa, commented: "Jack's Creek beef is of the highest quality and the fullest flavour. It is a pleasure having the Jack's Creek dry-aged ribeye on my menu; it just flies out the door!" Jack’s Creeks’ 150+ days Grain Fed 100% black angus also won the Silver award. For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / annabel@polkadotpr.com.au 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. Lucerne a stand-out performer for grazing tolerance 2016-08-16T03:00:46Z lucerne-a-stand-out-performer-for-grazing-tolerance PGG Wrightson Seeds Stamina® GT5 has emerged from long testing processes, both locally and internationally, as a standout performer delivering excellent persistency, acceptable winter dormancy, strong pest and disease resistance, and yields equal to the best standard cultivars. James Sewell, PGG Wrightson Seeds Research and Development Manager, says that there are a lot of lucerne products that claim to be ‘grazing tolerant’ but the fact is not many have been tested under the internationally recognised ‘Standard Test Protocol’ in the same way Stamina GT5 has. “The results of this rigorous testing, along with the subsequent trials and published literature clearly show that Stamina GT5 is one of the best lucernes for grazing tolerance,” said James. South-west NSW producers Steve and Genevieve Affleck, turned to Stamina GT5 four years ago to improve their prime lamb production and haven’t looked back. “What started out as an experiment across five hectares of our property in Wombat, has genuinely paid off,” says Steve. “We started using Stamina GT5 four years ago when we needed to improve our pastures for persistency and to establish a high tolerance to grazing. Stamina GT5 lucerne has certainly delivered that.” The husband and wife team run a first cross ewe enterprise with some composites. Running two lambing seasons; in autumn and spring annually meant they needed consistent feed throughout the year. “Our biggest issue for pasture management is the region’s dry summers and wet winters. Here like most of NSW once the real summer bites a lot of your grasses are just useless. This is when the persistence of Stamina GT5 comes into its own,” says Steve. “Stamina GT5 has been a great way to help bridge the gap in the feed when other grasses and clovers are not available,” he said. Initially, Steve and Genevieve trialled dual pasture options on their property. The first, a pure lucerne stand that comprised 5ha of Stamina GT5 lucerne sown in the autumn four years ago. This was sown at 12kg/ha and was primarily for finishing lambs. Another 10ha was sown in 2015, and a further 15ha this year in 2016. The second was a pasture mix incorporating Stamina GT5 lucerne (3kg/ha), sub clover (2kg/ha), tall fescue (3kg/ha) and phalaris (2kg/ha). Steve sowed 10ha in 2015, primarily for his joined ewes and to provide high-quality feed during lambing. Both pastures were sown using a small air-seeder with a five-inch spacing to keep plant population dense per square metre, and to have a high level of ground cover. “It’s only a very small spacing but the resulting ground coverage and grazing tolerance in both pasture options have been exceptional,” Steve says. “We are lucky if we give the stand two weeks’ rest between grazing. It’s still really thick and dense. We wouldn’t have lost more than 2% coverage even after four years of hard grazing and we have had no issues with pests in the pure Stamina GT5 lucerne stand.” Sheep performance is another area Steve and Genevieve have experienced outstanding results. Steve said: “On the 5ha of pure Stamina GT5 lucerne stand, we turned off more than 400 lambs in the last year, while the same area carried up to 20 lambs/ha at any one time.” He added that lambs also gained an extra 2kg of weight and turned off two weeks earlier than lambs that were finished on oats. “We found that finishing on the Stamina GT5 lucerne actually gets better quality lambs quicker than having them on grazing oats. That’s why we’re pushing now to put so much Stamina GT5 in. It just gives us that flexibility with a quality feed and the sheep perform well on it.” Steve and Genevieve are also upbeat about hay harvested from the Stamina GT5 lucerne. “With our last cut we averaged nine five-foot-round bales/ha of excellent quality hay,” said Steve. “We had just sold the lambs and thought, we’ll lock it up and see what it does. After some timely rain, it took off and we decided to cut it for hay. The sheep eat the lot so it’s beautiful hay, it really is and it retains its leaf really well,” Steve added. James said: “it’s great to see Steve and Genevieve achieving such excellent yield and quality over the warmer months with Stamina GT5.” “It demonstrates that maintaining stand density, improved persistence, quality and yield can be achieved in lucerne cultivars that have been selected for grazing tolerant characteristics.” James explained that unlike Stamina GT5, many cultivars have not been subjected to the standard test protocols under the harsh Australian conditions and as such, producers should be cautious when assessing and purchasing cultivars claiming grazing tolerance. “If this claim is made, it is strongly recommended that producers request evidence and data to prove that it was run according to the industry standard test protocol,” he said. For more information on how Stamina GT5 grazing tolerant lucerne can improve your farm grazing productivity and profitability, contact your local PGG Wrightson Seeds Sales Agronomist as listed at www.springpasture.com.au ENDS. Media enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Adam Arndell 02 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au