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Yolla Co-Op open magnificent new premises
he official opening of Yolla Coop’s new Wynyard store on the 19th of June this year was certainly a day to remember in the 36 year history of the Tasmanian Co-op. As General Manager Peter Moore recounted - “we expected a large turnout but even the most optimistic amongst us didn’t expect the 350 -400 people that came through the site on the day. With over 30 national suppliers in attendance; the common feedback we received was that it was the largest store Opening/Open Day many of the suppliers had attended in their 20 plus years in the industry.“ The day was a celebration of the growth of the Co-op from a small local farmers buying group at Yolla in north west Tasmania to an expanding state-wide membership of some 600 farmers spread from remote West Coast farms at Granville Harbour and Temma through to farmers at Sorell and Nubeena in the State’s south east. The store was officially opened by retired long serving general manager John Neal and included the presentation of the Co-ops three inaugurals life memberships and recognition of the 22 foundation members. “It’s great to see so many of these members still active in the Coop today some 36 years on, members like Carl Armstrong and Ian
Smith who were 2 of the first people to turn up to assist us move recently” General Manager Peter Moore said. From small beginnings with the slogan “Buy together- save together the Co-op prides itself on providing members with a wide range of rural products from merchandise, bulk grain to fertiliser at very competitive prices. “We exist for our members” is the first value of the Coop and it prides itself on being a low overhead organisation with no reps on the road, no agronomists or company cars. The formula obviously works for Yolla with the organisation now providing over $10 million of rural products to Tasmanian farmers and the Co-op seeing local Ruralco and Elders branches in their area close in recent years. The old site at Yolla; that served the Co-op so well for the past 3 decades was in effect “ a glorified farm barn” according to General Manager Peter Moore. Speaking at the opening he added that the move was only “ the start of the journey ‘ with the new main highway site offering the Co-op many strategic opportunities including better member access; freight efficiencies and the opportunity to expand into new products and services. General Manager of AIRR Dave Schelling speaking at the opening congratulated the Co-op for its initiative in relocating to the new site and said that AIRR was excited about the opportunities and growth it saw working with Yolla into the future. The Co-op proudly highlights its association with AIRR in all its marketing and branding; being actively involved from the initial days of the formation of AIRR.
Features–AIRR Independent Spring 2013 Industry news
4 Waratah and AIRR: working together to win 9 Gallagher energizer technology halves free-range chicken mortality rate 15 Dog worming crucial in sheep operations 28 Caring and feeding pregnant mares 30 Dow inject $80,000 into rural sporting clubs 44 Cheats never prosper long term
46 Bayer Community Support Program fuels local projects
3 Yolla Co-Op open magnificent new premises 12 Making every post a winner at Tailem Bend 33 John Neal awarded life membership
5 What more can an Agronomist ask for? 6 Revolutionary K-Line irrigation pods now available in readypackaged Farm Pack 17 Drench warning for cattle producers
19 Fencing factors – consider them all! 21 Breakthrough Rotavirus vaccine for Australian dairy farmers 36 Catch thieves in the act with Selecta. 42 Quick and easy way to fix your damaged pipes
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Passion and change were the key themes when Managing Director of AIRR Peter Law addressed the Waratah National sales conference in Melbourne in July. Mr Law, whose passion for his job and his company could be seen from outer space, spent the afternoon with the Waratah team as he gave valuable insights into the changing needs of the rural market, and the importance of the relationship between Waratah and AIRR. Mr Law noted that there were key reasons why he felt the relationship between AIRR and Waratah had such a strong future ahead of it. “Simply put, it comes down to trust, appreciation of absolute support from Waratah, quality of product, of in field representation and of management”, he said. The afternoon was a great opportunity for the Waratah sales team to ask Mr Law, how they could assist his members in growing their
fencing businesses. The importance of nurturing strong partnerships with AIRR members has long been a focus of the Waratah sales team, who are the largest fencing sales team in Australia. Mr Law commented that strong relationships with customers built on trust were the way to a better working future with his members. “The Waratah and AIRR relationship is one of 100% commitment and whilst one should never say forever, I see no reason why what we have should not remain for as long as our businesses operate”, Mr Law said. As the only Australian manufacturer of fencing materials in the market, Waratah constantly strives to build solid relationships with distribution and its end users through delivering consistently on product quality and service, an attribute that Mr Law said was invaluable to have in a supplier. “You’re good at what you do. You’re the best in the game”
Waratah’s National Sales Manager, Ross Lourie, commented on the big changes ahead for Waratah, referencing the recent launch of the new JIO fence post range as a key example of the commitment by Waratah to provide the market with innovative fencing solutions. “We are the market leader for a reason, however we must continue to strive to earn the right to be supplier of choice by both our distributors and our end users”, he said. Mr Law welcomed the comments from Lourie, throwing down the challenge to Waratah to better get to know his members’ fencing businesses and continue to grow into the future. “You’ve got to be there and you’ve got to ask the questions. Never assume”, he added. For assistance with Waratah products please contact your local Territory Sales Manager or call Sales & Service on 13 10 80.
What more can an Agronomist ask for?
Matt Foster – Grazag Agronomist Armidale NSW With the recent rain around the state, there has been a mass wave of plantings, both in pastures and cereal crops. As we all know, the broadleaf weeds are never far from surfacing, so it is all important to stay on top of them to prevent them from robbing yield. Broadstrike was first registered in Australia in 1994 for post-emergent broadleaf weed control in field peas and winter cereals, so the technology is not new to many growers. However, since then it has grown to be one of the most flexible herbicides available in Australia, with Dow Agrosciences continuing to invest in the product to extend the label and applications. There are a number of reasons why it still makes great sense to use Broadstrike in your operations all these years later: Firstly, it does a unique spectrum of weeds, many of which are key weeds, or at least problematic secondary weeds, including Capeweed, Fat Hen, Dwarf Marigold,
Marshmallow, Patersons Curse, Peppercress and Shepherds Purse. Many herbicides cover a much broader spectrum of weeds, but fail to deliver on the hard to kill weeds, so Broadstrike alone or in tank mixes covers them off. Secondly, Broadstrike has safe re-cropping periods allowing for double cropping in Northern NSW and Queensland. In fact it is so safe, that cereal rye, medics, triticale, wheat, maize and soybeans have no recropping intervals, and only 3 months for Barley, chickpeas, field peas, lucerne and oats. Even sensitive summer crops such as cotton and sunflowers can be planted 3 months after normal use rates (25g/ha). This flexibility from a Group B herbicide is rare. Crop safety is another massive tick for Broadstrike, as it is extremely selective to medics, lucerne and clover, as well as most forage legumes and annual and perennial grasses. I describe Broadstrike as being “as soft as butter” on my client’s pastures and crops
Even pasture herbs such as chicory are safe. I have been an agronomist now for 18 years, posted in various locations around NSW, and in that time i have been an avid fan of Broadstrike, in both winter and summer crops, as well as more recently in pasture systems. In that time i have used it on just about every crop registered on the label, and have never had an issue with crop safety, which for me is a major priority. I continue to recommend Broadstrike especially in improved pastures in the New England, because it fits my weed spectrum beautifully, and is gentle on my young pastures. Typically in mixes with 2-4-DB, it takes care of all my post-emergent weeds without harming my clovers and medics. Being a product that i have grown to trust, i really think that the Dow Agrosciences catchcry says it all, “Confidence in a drum”. What more can an agronomist ask for ?
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Revolutionary K-Line irrigation pods now available
in ready-packaged Farm Pack
The revolutionary K-Line Irrigation system is now available right across Australia in a new readypackaged Farm Pack thanks to Philmac – the country’s leading designer and manufacturer of compression fittings for polyethylene pipe (PE). As specialists in PE pipe connections, Philmac provides a complete range of compression fittings, ball valves and threaded fittings for use with an irrigation water management system that can now be complimented by the transportable, cost effective pod irrigation system – K-Line. “We have been distributing the K-Line transportable irrigation pod system for over a year in Australia and are excited about the release of the innovative Farm Pack” Philmac General Manager Group Marketing Jason Mitchell said. “Irrigation is a key market for us, and we are constantly looking for opportunities to provide more value to our irrigation customers. A product such as K-Line is a great fit for us, and provides a host of benefits to consumers.” The K-Line Farm Pack includes all the benefits of the innovative K-Line irrigation pod system in a ready-packaged solution. The Farm Pack offers the following benefits: - Low cost transportable pod irrigation system in a ready-packaged solution to service a 1 hectare area - Modular system that can grow with your needs - Cost effective to establish and operate The K-Line Farm Pack includes 100m of K-Pipe 32mm flexible poly pipe; five patented K-Line
irrigation pods with sprinklers as well as a range of accessories, adaptors and installation instructions to service a 1 hectare area. “It is a great addition to the K-Line product range, that also includes the effluent transportable pod system ideal for dairy applications or the customised irrigation pod solutions to suit larger or unique pasture irrigation. The Farm Pack helps those with smaller areas establish a low cost irrigation system very simply” Business Development Manager, K-Line, David Young. “At this time of year, the K-Line Farm Pack is also ideal to help those in bushfire affected areas. You can quickly and easily set-up at K-Line Farm Pack as a short term ring main to help generate some protective green grass between your property and the paddocks. For those in rural Australia who haven’t had a chance to setup a proper poly ring mains, you can easily set up the K-Line Farm Pack to help create a perimeter guard to your house” states David Young, also an experienced fireman with both town and rural fire brigades in rural NSW. Primarily designed to irrigate pasture, the benefits of K-Line include: - Simple installation process means that the system can be up and running in no time - High performance polypropylene pod design means that the pod is lightweight, easy to move and durable to suit a range of farm conditions - Patented pod design ensures that the sprinkler offers full spray while being protected if the pod overturns during transportation adding an
additional level of security and ease of use - Utilises highly efficient sprinkler methods enabling a lower rate of application which maximises absorption rates. This also minimises run-off and means better use of water - Running costs are reduced by utilising lower running pressures, lower pressure pipes and lower pump requirements. Plus it is much more cost effective and easier to install than traditional irrigation methods, such as pivot irrigation - It can work around existing structures and layouts on the farm meaning lower capital expenditure with the use of a specifically designed flexible PE hose system - Thanks to the durable pod design and flexible hose system K Line can be towed using simple farm machinery at a reasonable speed across a range of farm terrains Additionally, the patented Pod design ensures a completely protected sprinkler that still allows full spray operation while protecting the sprinkler, keeping it upright and stopping external interference with the sprinkler action. The K-Line product range includes sprinklers, tapping saddles, tough protecting housing (pod) and specific flexible pipe made from PE which joins the pods together. K-Line is available from all leading irrigation outlets. To find out more call 1800 755 899 to speak to your local Philmac representative. For further information visit www.philmac.com.au
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with RainLock formulation technology which allows season long protection against flystrike. For peace of mind from the devastating effects of flystrike, sheep producers can rest assured CLiK will give their sheep protection where it’s needed, within the fleece, for the entire season4.
for a wet fly season? Don’t let your investment in flystrike prevention be washed away As wet weather begins to roll in, some sheep producers may end up watching their recent sheep flystrike preventative investment be washed away with the oncoming rain. Choosing the right flystrike treatment option represents more than just an investment in the health of your flock, it also represents an investment in your business. The cost of flystrike to the Australian sheep industry has been estimated to be AU$280 million per annum1, and included in this figure is the value of some three million sheep that die each year from flystrike2.
Not all flystrike preventatives are the same – Does yours’ work with the natural features of wool? The fleece is naturally designed to repel water; made possible by the lanolin present on wool fibres. Another component of the fleece is suint, a water soluble layer of dried sweat which contains a number of electrolytes (salts) released from the skin. The way in which the active ingredients in flystrike preventatives interact with these natural fleece components is crucial in determining the quality of protection they are able to provide. The more an active ingredient binds with the water insoluble lanolin, the more each sheep will be protected during and post rainfall, as opposed to actives which bind to the water soluble suint.
When oil and water CLiK® CLiK is the only flystrike preventative product with an oil-in-water formulation called a suspoemulsion. The suspoemulsion allows the patented form of dicyclanil to be evenly dispersed throughout the liquid in microscopic droplets of an oil-based carrier.
When this formulation comes into contact with the electrolytes (salts) in the fleece of the sheep, the oil-based carrier releases the dicyclanil onto the wool fibres (see Fig. 1.3). RainLock® technology ensures that the active ingredient dicyclanil, an extremely potent yet safe insect growth regulator, adheres exactly where it needs to be, binding strongly to wool fibres, to provide the most effective protection available against flystrike for sheep3.
How does CLiK provide better flystrike control? When a fly lays eggs on the wool of a sheep treated with CLiK, they are unable to complete their lifecycle as it is broken by dicyclanil. The presence of dicyclanil in the wool prevents damaging maggots from developing and flystrike from occurring. CLiK is the only fly preventative for sheep
CLiK is the only flystrike preventative with RainLock technology, giving you peace of mind in wet weather. Don’t risk it – trust CLiK, the brand that has proven performance against flystrike and resists stripping out with rain.
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Gallagher energizer technology halves free-range chicken mortality rate Summary of operations Mulloon Creek Natural Farms, Bungendore, NSW Home Farm: 1,740 hectares (4,300 acres) Duralla: 590ha (1,450ac) Enterprise type: A-grade certified organic (Australian Organic) and biodynamic all animals are free range Produce Breed/variety Eggs Brown Bond chooks Beef Devon (“Ruby Reds”) + Angus
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Achievement summary • reducing free-range chicken mortality rates by 50% • time savings on fence checks reduced from 3-4 hours for 2 people, to 1 hour for 1 person
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is why the cafés and restaurants love them. Being truly free-range, organic and local, is also a great selling point for those businesses to their customers — consumers want that.” The eggs sell for up to $18 a dozen, depending upon size. “Being truly free range, we have no control over that!” Phil says. “Our egg sizes are all over the place: we may have a heap of 500g dozens, and then none the next week. That’s the vagaries of this approach, but our customers understand this and are quite flexible with it, they understand the product they’re wanting.” Phil says MCNF would like to expand its markets, but just can’t get production up. High predation mortality Part of that has been to do with the high mortality rate from foxes. Tobias Koenig, MCNF’s General Manager, says, “We run about 2,500 birds in a couple of flocks, with each being in paddocks of eight to 12 hectares.” The chickens roam freely with the cattle — which are block grazed — can roost in trees, or go into the “eggmobile” — mobile shedding that’s moved every few days. “There’s been a lot of discussion about stocking rates in a free-range chook operations,” Tobias says. “The Australian Egg Corporation recommends 20,000 to the hectare. We run 170 to 250 per hectare, so it’s a real free-range situation.” But because the chooks are not shut away, they are easy prey. Mulloon Creek has two Maremma livestock guard dogs on each block. Originally bred in Italy 2,000 years ago, Maremmas are effective at bonding with livestock (from chooks to lamas) to protect them from predators. “But they can only do so much; our mortality rates were around 50%.” Cost and heartache Graham Cowling, MCNF’s Farm Manager, says the Brown Bonds — which are worth around $250 a bird — lay 280-300 eggs each. “Losing a bird to predation, there’s obviously the initial cost of that bird, the replacement cost, lost production and what we’ve invested into them in terms of feed. But there’s the heartbreak as well as the cost — this operation is all about respect for animals.” When Graham joined MCNF several months ago, he began looking for ways to make use of the existing fencing. “I don’t like wasting things.”
500m of netting. One difficulty was getting much voltage with the existing electric fencing, which “Since installing the M2800i, mortality was high-resistance netting. “We rates have dropped by around half — couldn’t seem to get more than 1,500 and I aim to get it lower again.” volts for more than 100 metres.” Time slashed Other problems were stopping Besides saving their chickens, Graham wombats digging holes under the says the M2800i’s remote monitors are fence to let the foxes through, as well saving him hours a day. as stopping wildlife and vermin getting over the top. “So now what I do, instead of immediately spending at least 2.5 hours “There’s one paddock where we were driving around fencing every morning, I meant to have 1,200 birds but we just check the monitors. only had 500 — that was the highest “I’ve got one sitting right where I can mortality we’ve suffered. see it all the time, and one at the other “Every morning before anything was end as well. That all tells me what done, at least two of us would go voltage is going in, which is around and do a full perimeter check of all 7,500 volts, and at 500m I should the fences, looking for damage from have around 5,000 volts. If it’s under wombats, kangaroos and deer jumping 4,500 thousand I know a kangaroo over it. It would or something’s take us 2.5 been through it The other day I was hours. Every and knocked the day. And then showing a farm hand and netting down. if you found a It’s very, very there was a fault. So I just handy having the problem, it took longer. On the monitors to tell showed him how to read weekends, I’d us what’s going the [M2800i Energizer] do it by myself on.” and it would hand-held remote and the take three to Graham says monitors, and they guided he still does four hours.” us to where we had to go. perimeter checks every day, but Technology the It only gave us probably a they’re not the key It was time for first job. kilometre of fence to find another option, the problem in, rather than “If we’ve got so Graham began looking other things that 10km. around. we have to do, -Graham Cowling, Farm Manager, we know that Mulloon Creek Natural Farms we can. We’ve “I’d never worked with become reliant on the remotes and these energizers, Gallagher before, but I saw they had and know we can say, ‘Oh look, I’ve this energizer with lots of joules, and that got me interested. It had the higher got to do this first, but later on we’ll energy to kick through the netting, so just do a quick run around.’ Before the I could utilise what fencing we already Gallagher units, two of us were driving around in first gear, checking every had.” piece of wire. Now we do it in second and third gear, and one person can do Graham says the effect of installing the whole lot in an hour. two 28-joule M2800i Energizers was immediate. “So there’s a big saving just in time “These units are doing an excellent job: there. The urgency’s not there either.” we’re up to 4,500 to 5,500 volts after
Graham says the ability to pinpoint a fault’s location also saves a lot of time. “The other day I was showing a farm hand and there was a fault. So I just showed him how to read the hand-held remote and the monitors, and they guided us to where we had to go. It only gave us probably a kilometre of fence to find the problem in, rather than 10km.” Graham says Anthony Fitzgerald, Gallagher’s Territory Manager for South-East NSW, was a vital link in the solution. “He was very helpful with the information and design. He came up with a plan that we can just nibble away at. The M2800i Energizers were a good place to start from, because we can grow from that. Eventually we’ll do the whole farm, but we can just take our time, as it suits us.”
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Our business has changed alot at Tailem Bend. In our first year of opening we were about 20% Rural & Stockfeed, the rest Hardware & Landscape Supplies. Today 90% of our business is Rural & Stockfeed. Accompanying the business is our sand & metal yard as well as hardware & steel supplies which all compliment each other very well.
One of our main markets is the equine industry were we have a heavy focus on the That’s where AIRR came in and helped us. A racing industry. Our location demands we group gives us the stepping stone to compete get out to our customers. Weekly deliveries on a pretty big scale, which gives us national are taken care of to surrounding towns by my support, with all the flexability and freedom of brother Paul who loves being involved in the equine side. He also looks after the yard and being an independent retailer. stock receivals. Like most independents we run a pretty tight ship. Proudly independent & local Our growth market is definitely our rural side. Alot of this stems from our loyal customers Being Independent has some great giving us a go. In return we have proven our advantages and 2013 will be a big growth service is second to none, and our prices and year for us. By owning and operating range allow us to offer the complete package. the store as an independent. I have the advantage of being flexible for my customers Even though I am a relatively new player which I think inturn offers a better level of in the rural game, I have noticed that the service and convenience. average sized rural independent store is The warehouse model that AIRR has created going from strength to strength in a business world dominated by big corporate. is super. We are a growing and developing business, and this has helped us to know end. I would dread starting a similar business without being an AIRR member - in fact I wouldn’t do it! AIRR’s distribution enables businesses such as ours to grow through stocking alot of items without over capitalising on stock. AIRR’s model wouldn’t be what it is without its people behind it. Big Ash in Adelaide has helped us develop our rural side, not through magical words of wisdom, or fancy business practices, but simply by actually caring about my business, and offering the support when I need it, you cant put a $ figure on that kind of business relationship.
We have seen nearly a 500% growth in our rural side from 2010 to 2012 with a lot more to go yet. One of the big corporates packed up and left Tailem Bend 25 years ago and alot of people told me that a farm supply store wouldn’t work at Tailem Bend, and that you can’t compete against the nearby corporates. What these people didn’t factor in is when you combine having a great location, provide top end service and have a customer base willing to support you. Independents can succeed. Looking ahead our aim is to secure ourselves as a main player in the rural supply industry in our area. One of our big goals for 2013 is to double the stock we have on hand. This will inturn service our customers better. At the end of the day the most i can wish is for when people are planning to do some fencing, drenching there sheep, or feeding a large team of horses. I hope River Murray Trading Post is top on their list.
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Probably the biggest economic concern to producers is that some dog worms like dog tapeworm Taenia oivs and hydatid tapeworm Echincoccus granulosus can be transmitted to sheep via infected pasture, which can lead to production loses, as abattoirs must trim or condemn affected carcases depending on the number of cysts found. Dog tapeworm larvae form cysts in muscle meat, known as sheep measles, while hydatid tapeworm larvae form cysts in major organs such as the liver and lungs.
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Some cattle producers in the Walcha district of New England may be suffering significant production losses at the very time they can least afford it.
Caught between flat-lining beef prices and rising operational costs, most are keenly striving to run their farms more efficiently and save money where they can. With the current emphasis on focussing activity towards boosting on-farm productivity however, it may come as a shock to some farmers that the odds of their cattle achieving healthy weight gains may already be stacked against them. The problem: drench resistant worms. Now that his recent experience is behind him, successful Walcha farmer Jim Young is prepared to go on the record in the interests of warning others who may be unaware that the drenches they’ve been using may no longer be offering the protection they used to.
“We drenched a mob of 1600 or so weaner cattle earlier this year in the usual way, but they just didn’t do any good over the 3 or 4 months between it being time to do them again. I couldn’t put an exact figure on it, but I’d say each one might have been down 30 or 40 kilos on where they should have been. Whether it was seasonal, or a drench problem, I couldn’t tell,” Jim explains. Situated on 3800 hectares of land in a high rainfall area near Walcha, the Glen Collin Pastoral Company typically comprises several thousand mostly Angus cattle, and a further third of the operation focussed on prime lamb production. As such, Jim, his wife Julia and sons Richard and Peter are certainly no strangers to the perennial problem of worms. However, having only just drenched using a product that had always appeared to work well in the past, Jim was puzzled and took his concerns to his local agent and Merial rep. This resulted in an immediate trial of different drenches being conducted on groups of Jim’s weaner steers. “We tested them after administering the drenches to see how the chemicals were working, and it showed very clearly that we had a significant resistance problem to the straight single-active pour-on we’d been using. While it was good at killing some worms, others had built up a resistance to it and the problem was costing us dearly across that entire herd of about 1600 cattle,” Jim says. However, the most important aspect of the testing was the unequivocal solution it pointed to. The Merial rep had arranged to give one of the weaner trial groups the new combination drench - “ECLIPSE Combination Pour-On for Cattle” which contains two powerful actives - abamectin and levamisole in a single convenient dose. “ECLIPSE killed the full spectrum of worms so we quickly went ahead and treated the entire herd and it’s shown excellent results. It’s as easy, or easier to use than anything
I’ve tried. We’ll certainly use ECLIPSE from now on because, even though it’s marginally dearer to buy, the dearest drench is the one that doesn’t work,” Jim points out. With the drench resistance episode now well behind him, Jim and the Glen Collins Pastoral Company team are now squarely focussed on supplying their premium 18 to 20 month old Angus beef cattle and tender lamb to Woolworths and other top buyers. The family has recently bought another property they’ll develop for additional pasture, putting to use all that Jim has learned since he returned to the family farm after completing university in 1980. “I was well aware of the parasite drench resistance in sheep but not so much in cattle. It’s immediately evident in sheep but with cattle it’s much more insidious. You suffer production loss gradually and it’s not evident until they get to a critical point, by which time you’ve lost a lot of money though reduced weight gain. If you’re currently using a single active drench it’s definitely worth getting some tests done,” Jim concludes. It’s well accepted by parasitologists that using effective combinations of two or more actives is a key approach to preventing the development of resistance. By hitting the parasite population hard with multiple actives at the same time, combination drenches can slow the development of resistance, and be effective against parasites that have developed resistance. Being a dual action pour-on, the abamectin component works to kill a broad spectrum of internal and external parasites, while the levamisole component works to kill ML–resistant strains of Cooperia and Ostertagia, together providing unsurpassed control over both. ECLIPSE is the only pour-on with a registered claim to control resistant worms.
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tools,” said Dr Peter James, senior research fellow at the University of Queensland and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation. “These tools allow producers to enter information unique to their flock and environment to identify the best chemicals and methods for controlling lice for their situation,” Dr James said. “The support tools cover a variety of situations including treating lice in long and short wool, on ewes or lambs, how to meet residue thresholds set by different markets, and methods to prevent new lice populations.” The site was re-developed by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC). Operating as part of the Federal Department of Innovation Industry
Science and Research’s CRC program, the Sheep CRC is a collaboration of industry, government and the commercial sector. It is working to increase productivity and profitability of the industry through new technologies for adoption by both the meat and wool supply chains. AWI is a not-for-profit company owned by Australia’s 27,000 woolgrowers. It invests in research, development, innovation and marketing along the global supply chain for Australian wool. Dr James said that increases in the prevalence of lice in recent years and the emergence of chemical resistance issues had resulted in increased producer interest in lice control strategies. “The ability to sort products according to a producers’ situation allows them not just to decide which chemical groups are most suited to their
situation, but will also assist them in developing strategies to avoid chemical resistance issues,” he said. “The site also provides indicative prices for control methods to assist farmers when budgeting for their lice control programs, and the long wool treatment tool allows producers to compare the cost of treatment compared to the likely cost of wool loss if treatment is delayed until after the next shearing.” Dr James said the site offered valuable information for farmers of all levels of experience. “The treatments section allows even the most experienced manager to audit their own performance against best practice measures, and easily identify any weak points in their lice control systems,” he said. For more information visit www.liceboss.com.au.
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“With declining prices and tighter margins, wool producers have an added incentive to ensure their flocks remain lice free.” And when it comes to choosing a product to apply “off shears”, there are many good reasons to use Avenge® Pour-On Lousicide. Bayer veterinarian Dr Neil Cooper who helped develop Avenge said two key features of the product were its rapid action in killing lice and the residual protection it gave against re-infection. Dr Cooper said that Avenge
remains active in the fleece for many weeks, with the benefit that it kills lice hatching from eggs. “When sheep are shorn, all stages of lice – adults, nymphs and eggs are present in the fleece. If the lousicide degrades too quickly after application, it may not be able to kill any ‘late hatching’ nymphs. Avenge is the only knockdown with a label claim for 4 week protection against reinfestation, killing any lice that hatch following treatment.” Farmers know that shearing is a hectic time, and it’s common for a sheep to jump a fence
and join another mob. When mustering too, it’s easy to leave a sheep or two behind in the paddock. The 4 week protective period allows producers time to pick up any ‘unshorn stragglers’ then shear and treat them with Avenge. Group Product Manager of Bayer Farm Animal Products, Gareth Sheehan said that the label claim of 4 week protective period set Avenge apart from other knockdown lousicides. The market has recognised the reliability that Avenge gives them in controlling lice and the longer protective period is a bonus.
Gareth also said “A farmer recently told me that “Avenge ticks all the boxes” and that sums it up pretty well. Not only does it kill all known strains of resistant lice, Avenge is rainfast, unshorn lambs can be treated up to 2 months of age and you don’t need to wear gloves to apply it! And with an unmatched protection period for a knockdown product, it’s no wonder Avenge is the farmer’s first choice for “off shears” lice protection this year”. Avenge® is a registered trademark of Bayer AG Leverkusen, Germany. Call 1800 678 368 for information.
Jim Tierney of ‘Blair Athol’, Casterton, southwest Victoria, runs 3,700 crossbred ewes and 4,000 Merinos across several properties.
“I was going to give that new product a go, as we’ve got “We hadn’t had any lice a couple of places spread problems here for 15 years. around the area and it’s easy Then we suddenly started to transport. But I ended noticing them. As we hadn’t brought in any sheep ourselves, up talking to the local rural supplier about it and he our boundaries clearly needed checking and “Eureka Gold is based maintenance.” “The areas near the river and creeks have always needed an eye kept on them as strays can get through, especially when waters recede after flooding.”
now: we had a look but haven’t seen any and there’s no more rubbing or biting.” “Another thing: Eureka Gold worked out a whole lot cheaper too. When you’re running a fair few sheep like we do, that amounts to quite a bit.”
on diazinon – and there’s no resistance to it. And because it’s a backline pour-on, it’s easy to work with. We started out using it on the crossbreds, then the Merinos as well, the lot.”
“We fixed up the possible entry points to prevent lice infested sheep coming into contact with ours. And we continue to keep a close eye on our boundary fences.” “That still left us with the problem of treating our previously clean mobs.”
“We treated all the sheep and thought that would be the end of it. But the lice might have been resistant to the product, as pretty soon, the sheep were biting themselves and rubbing – badly enough to ruin a lot of the clip... really hopeless, it was.”
recommended Coopers Eureka Gold®.” “Eureka Gold is based on diazinon – and there’s no resistance to it. And because it’s a backline pour-on, it’s easy to work with. We started out using it on the crossbreds, then the Merinos as well, the lot.” Jim worked with his Coopers Rep, who demonstrated the best way to apply Eureka Gold. “You spray-on quite a decent dose using the Coopers 150 mL Power Doser™. Eureka Gold did the trick. The lice are gone
Asked about his plans for next year, Jim said he felt his mob was free of lice and likely to remain so because of the effectiveness of Eureka Gold.
“There’s obviously no point in treating clean sheep but I’m certainly going to keep an eye on them, especially for rubbing and scratching – and bits of wool on fences.” “It’s also important to shear the entire mob in one go, so that if any do need treatment for lice you get the whole mob done at once.” “We’ve given the boundaries a good going over as well, making sure they’re all secure to prevent infested strays from wandering in.”
“It gives me real peace of mind to know that even if a lice infestation does occur, I’ve got Eureka Gold to help me sort it out.”
IDeNTIfy your calf ScourS Problem Understanding the pathogens that are causing scours in your calves is vital. Coopers® Animal Health can offer a testing program that delivers immediate identification of most scours causing bugs in newborn calves. These results can then be used to prepare action plans for the calf shed and future vaccination programs to help prevent future outbreaks. Call Coopers on 1800 885 576 for more information on this FREE testing service www.coopersanimalhealth.com.au ® Registered trademark.
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Breakthrough Rotavirus vaccine for Australian dairy farmers In a breakthrough for the Australian dairy industry, dairy farmers for the first time will have access to a vaccine against rotavirus, one of the major pathogens causing costly calf scours. Coopers Animal Health has released Rotavec Corona vaccine; the first and only calf scours vaccine on the Australian market targeting rotavirus, coronavirus, E.coli and Clostridium perfringens. Estimated to cost the Australian dairy industry on average $52 million per year – or $26 for every dairy cow or heifer based on industry treatment costs
and loss of calves – calf scours is a major problem for all dairy regions. Rotavec Corona vaccine is a long-awaited product providing dairy farmers with the missing link when it comes to managing calf scours. Coopers Veterinary Technical Advisor Damian O’Brien said the Rotavec Corona vaccine will be an important management tool for dairy farmers to limit the impact of calf scours in their herds. “A recent study# that sampled scouring dairy calves in all states of Australia found that 96% of those properties had calves with
a rotavirus infection,” Dr. O’Brien said.
is that there is a lot of rotavirus coming through in the results.”
“What this means for Australian dairy farmers is that where previously they were frustrated by not having a vaccine against rotavirus, Coopers now has the solution.
Coopers has a long history in helping dairy producers better manage calf scours and seek to reduce the long term impact on their operations. In recent years, Coopers has actively helped farmers through a range of onfarm diagnostic tools combined with products to prevent E.coli, salmonella and cryptosporidium.
“The Rotavec Corona vaccine is a breakthrough for dairy farmers, providing a new tool in the management of scours in their stock that wasn’t previously available within Australia.” Kathryn Davis, Program Manager Animal Health and Fertility, Dairy Australia, said that scours is the number one calf disease that farmers report to the organisation. “Scours is a very common and serious disease for calves and is not limited to one area or region, the feedback we’ve received is that it is affecting all dairy regions,” Dr Davis said. “What we hear from farmers and vets who are testing for pathogens causing calf scours
Coopers is the only company in Australia with a range of calf scours vaccines and the release of Rotavec Corona vaccine ensures Coopers now has a comprehensive suite of vaccines targeting the pathogens that cause calf scours. To discuss options for calf scours prevention on your farm contact your local AIRR store or Coopers Animal Health Customer Service on toll free 1800 226 511. For more information on Coopers Animal Health visit www.coopersanimalhealth.com. au 21
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The ABC “Four Corners” program entitled, “Chemical Time Bomb” was broadcast in Australia on 22nd July 2013 and repeated on 23rd July 2013. The program covered the improper chemical spraying practices in Australia during the 1970s as well as the use of “Agent Orange” during the Vietnam War, but concluded with the claim that dioxins (known carcinogens) continued to be found in 2,4-D imported from China today, and expressed concern that the regulator, Australian Pesticide and Veterinary Medicine Authority (APVMA) was not taking adequate precautions to prevent the importation of such chemicals, some of which may not be cleared for Australian use. The principle offending chemical in “Agent Orange” was the herbicide 2,45T which was banned in 1973 because of its high dioxin content, therefore no further discussion on this subject is necessary. APPARENT Pty Ltd is one of the largest Australian importers of 2,4-D from China. The product independently analysed by the ABC was not an APPARENT product, nor was our label shown on the program. However, we would like to use this opportunity to emphasise that APPARENT 2,4-D 625 is of the highest quality and does not contain dioxins. Six sources of Chineseproduced 2,4-D are cleared for use in Australia by the APVMA, and APPARENT is the owner of one of these sources (Jiangsu Good HarvestWein Agrochemical Co Ltd). Other Australian companies are free to use the APPARENT source.
We asked Good Harvest to reconfirm that its 2,4-D acid contains no dioxins and the company responded that “there were no detectable dioxins in its 2,4-D.” One reason 2 for the absence of dioxins is the age of Good Harvest’s 2,4-D plant which was only commissioned in 2013. Similarly, our previous supplier (Changzhou Wintafone) produces 2,4-D acid in a plant that was commissioned in 2005. Dioxins are not found in 2,4-D produced in modern plants. It is regrettable that the program claimed dioxins were found in generic 2,4-D imported from China or India because the majority of 2,4-D sold in Australia is sourced from these two countries without any problems. It is also regrettable that the program identified 2,4-D as a significant source of dioxins when the evidence suggests otherwise. APVMA, in its response to the program, published the 10 major sources of dioxins in Australia from the “Inventory of Dioxin Emissions in Australia” (Source: National Dioxins Program Technical Report No. 3, 2004). The 10 sources comprised 96% of the dioxins found in Australia and the list did not include any pesticides. “The inventory did not consider the presence of dioxin in pesticides as the levels were considered to be very small”. Source: APVMA. Suite G.08. 762 Tooronga Road, Glen Iris VIC 3146, Australia PO Box 3092, Cotham PO, Kew VIC 3101, Australia Telephone: 61(03) 9822 1321 Fax: 61(03) 9817 7845 Mobile: 61(0)411 227 338 E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org APPARENT PTY LTD A.C.N. 143 724 136
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Caring For and Feeding the Pregnant Mare
The aim for all horse owners and stud managers is to produce a sound, healthy foal. Correct care, management and feeding practices during pregnancy and foaling should be incorporated into a breeding program to ensure the foal that is produced is in good health, has good vigor and is well developed, while ensuring the health of the mare is maintained through all phases of pregnancy and her ability to care for her new foal and to be put back in foal in a timely manner after foaling are addressed.
spelling horse. Pasture alone will not meet the mares requirements so a well formulated concentrate such as Mitavite Breeda should be fed depending on the pasture quality and quantity available.
Late Pregnancy By the 7-8th month of pregnancy the foal has only grown to approximately 17% of its birth weight. In the last 3 months of pregnancy, Getting the Mare Pregnant over 80% of the growth of the foetus occurs The ability of the mare to ‘cycle’ greatly and the nutritional demands in protein, macro affects her reproductive performance. minerals, micro minerals, energy and vitamins Cycling is affected by increased day length, increase as foal can grow as much as 0.4a rise in temperature and the condition of 0.5kg per day. the mare. Ideally mares should be on an increased plane of nutrition, making spring Ideally the pregnant mare should be kept the ideal time for conception. If the mare is in a moderate condition. The ribs should thin or overweight fertility can be affected. be covered but easily felt. Overweight and Mares that are maintained in a moderate to obese mares can have more complications fleshy condition i.e condition score 6 (on a during foaling and produce a lesser volume of rate of 9) cycle earlier in the year, need fewer milk after foaling. cycles to conceive, have a higher rate of pregnancy and have a higher likelihood to The foal has certain developmental periods of maintain pregnancy than thin mares. growth. The major periods for bone growth A difficult foaling can affect the ability of the start to occur during the last trimester of mare to conceive within the first two cycles pregnancy and it is important that all of the after pregnancy, delaying the foaling date bone building nutrients such as Vitamin K1, the following year.Early Pregnancy Calcium, Phosphorous, Magnesium, Copper, During early pregnancy, the mare has Zinc and Manganese are available for optimal nutritional needs that are comparable to a growth.
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During the last trimester the appetite of the mare increases which is stimulated by the increased needs of the growing foetus for protein, vitamins, minerals and energy. As the foal grows it is taking up more room in the mare’s abdomen, restricting the digestive capacity of the mare. This coupled with the increased incidence of abdominal rupture and colics during the peri-foaling period increases the need to feed a well digested, steam-extruded, high nutrient dense feed to ensure the mare is obtaining optimal nutrients without overloading her digestive tract.
Mares should be taken to the location of foaling and given a booster injection of tetanus toxoid four weeks before foaling. The injection allows the mare to be protected against tetanus, if tearing occurs during foaling, and the foal will receive colostrum that contains a source of antitoxin. By accustoming the mare to her foaling environment, she produces antibodies to fight the bacteria in the local environment, transferring her immunity in her colostrum to the newborn foal.
The mare’s milk is very low in trace minerals such as copper, manganese, zinc, selenium, iodine and iron. It is imperative that during late pregnancy the unborn foal
Pre-Lactation During the last month of pregnancy the mares udder will begin to swell and is given the term ‘bagging up’. Some mares can pre-lactate or ‘run their milk’, depleting precious supplies of colostrum that contain
has access to adequate levels of minerals, vitamins and protein so they can be used for bone growth and joint development. These nutrients need to be fed to the late pregnant mare so the foal can store them in his/her liver for use during the first three months of lactation, when the foal only has access to the mares milk.
the protective antibodies foals need in their first milk. If the mare has large amounts of white, sticky milk down the sides of her hind legs there may be a need to give the foal a full dose of colostrum at birth. Your equine veterinarian will be able to suggest if this is needed and provide you with colostrum or a concentrated antibody drench.
Bone diseases can affect the future career of young growing horses. If nutrition is compromised during pregnancy the strength and integrity of bone development can be reduced. Vitamin K1 is necessary for adequate bone development, and supplementation of the mare during pregnancy can be beneficial to improve bone density and geometry if pasture levels are inferior. Feeding a well profiled feed that contains Bonafide can be beneficial in improving bone density and minimizing bone diseases.
Pregnancy and foaling is an exciting time for stud managers and owners. Feeding pregnant and lactating mares a well formulated, highly digestible concentrate will ensure both mare and foal are receiving premium nutrition to optimize the growth of the foal and wellbeing and health of the mare. For more information on feeding breeding mares and young growing horses contact Mitavite on 1800-025-487.
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Growing Community Sports Clubs competition to give rural sports clubs an $80,000 boost (July 1, 2013) - Rural sports organisations are being encouraged to enter Dow AgroSciences’ Growing Community Sports Clubs competition for the chance to win a share of $80,000 worth of grants to spend on provisions for their club. “Sport is at the core of vibrant rural communities, and sports clubs play a big role in the wellbeing of Australians,” says George Saville, Dow AgroSciences Marketing Manager. “We’re looking to reach out to those often overlooked smaller clubs that make up the heart of rural communities across Australia and give them that bit of extra support.” A 2011 survey* of broadacre farmers showed that although they do four times more vigorous activity per week than the average Australian in their normal work day,
only 16 per cent of farmers aged 40-45 participated in team sport. This number significantly rose to 35 per cent for younger farmers aged 18 – 39. “We all understand that good health and wellbeing starts locally with participation in activities such as club sport,” Mr Saville says. “We’re excited to support sport at this level and hope to get more people involved and active.” The competition is open to all rural sports clubs and submissions can be lodged by the club itself, or by an individual with the club’s best interest in mind. Entries can be made by visiting www.dowagrosciences.com. au and completing a submission in 200 words or less on why a $4,000 grant would make a real difference to a local sports club. The competition runs from 1 July – 30 September and 20 individual grants will be awarded nationally. Submissions will be judged by a panel from the team at Dow AgroSciences, who will use set criteria to pick the best entries. Winners will be presented with their cheques at a series of community BBQ events.
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What does the weather hold for us this Spring?
• A wetter than normal season is likely for most of mainland Australia • The Kimberley, parts of western WA, and Tasmania have no strong tendency towards being wetter or drier than normal • The main climate drivers for this outlook include a negative Indian Ocean Dipole, a neutral-to-cool tropical Pacific, and warm sea surface temperatures around most of Australia • Outlook accuracy is moderate over most of Australia except the interior of WA.
Image courtesy bom.gov.au Details The chance of exceeding the median rainfall for August to October is more than 60% over most of mainland Australia. The chance rises to more than 80% over southeast SA, southern NSW and most of Victoria. Such odds mean that for every ten years with similar climate patterns to those currently observed, about six to eight August to October periods would be expected to be wetter than average over these areas, while about two to four would be drier. However, it should be noted that rainfall is typically low at this time of year over tropical Australia, and contributes to only a
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early members of the Co-op . It’s still very much alive he Opening of and well in the membership today. The move to the Yolla Co-ops new new site needed a major store in Wynyard renovation of the new site That passion over 25 years and members responded in was an opportunity to saw the Co-op grow from a kind attending a numerous recognize the people small group of twenty odd working bees. On the day Yolla farmers to a state-wide of the move in mid-May who had the courage organisation with nearly 600 despite an exceptionally dry and foresight to form members retailing in excess autumn the skies opened of $10million of rural products up with nearly 3 inches the Co-op some from a single site. of rain and hail falling 36 years ago. One during the day. As General In his thirty five odd year Manager Peter Moore man’s outstanding membership of the Corecounts, “only farmers contribution in op John has been at would have honoured their different stages a Board promise to turn up and work particulars to the member, Chairman (2 years) “ as they did in numbers growth and success purchasing officer (15 years in their trucks, flat trays and cars, working well ) and General Manager (9 of the Co-op was years) . In his term as General into the evening to move recognized on the Manager John began a long nearly $1million of inventory friendship with Landmark staff from the old site at Yolla to day being one of Yolla Co-op Chairman Grant Innes presenting John Neal member Peter Law. So it was Wynyard. three inaugural life with life membership during the Opening of the new site not surprising when in 2006 John and wife Faye John convinced the Co-op members honoured. to be one of the first retail interrupted a trip to Western groups to back the formation Australia to return and overstepped the mark when was a telephone installed of a new group called AIRR; officially open the new site. Local Yolla farmer John Neal one evening the phone rang - in John’s account one of the In his speech he talked joined the Co-op soon after its at his house. Working with and when I answered it was best decisions the Co-op ever proudly about how the formation and became its first the passion and zeal that his two teenage sons who had made. Co-op had become an icon employee in 1985 when he was became his trademark John was regularly on the phone as left the house, walked down in Tasmanian agriculture; offered the job as purchasing the street and used the public John talked about the late as midnight and as early success due in no small part officer. Working from home, phone box to talk to their contagious fever he called to the passion and zeal of John recounts the story that the as 5am as farmers went to father. When I started the job “Yolla fever” that afflicted the milk. “I knew I had probably extraordinary members like first asset the Co-op brought
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A new five-year cereal research project kicks off this month, aimed at boosting the resistance of durum wheat to the damaging pathogen, crown rot.
Corporation (GRDC) and brings together a team that includes researchers from NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Department of Agriculture, Fisheries Dr Anke Martin, University of Southern and Forestry Queensland (DAFFQ) Queensland (USQ) research fellow and South Australian Research and (genetic solutions for cereal diseases) Development Institute (SARDI). says durum wheat is very susceptible to crown rot and varieties with Dr Martin says the project builds on the significant resistance have not been successful identification of improved identified. resistance in bread wheats in previous GRDC-funded projects including USQ/ “Crown rot in winter cereals is NSWDPI collaboration. predominantly caused by Fusarium pseudograminearum and is recognised “Two recently completed projects as a major disease constraint in many aimed to improve the resistance of cereal growing regions in Australia,” Dr the highly susceptible durum wheats Martin said. to crown rot by crossing them to hexaploid lines partially resistant to the “This project aims to improve the crown disease. rot resistance in durum wheats by “Crosses to three elite durum breeding crossing them with hexaploid and wild lines including EGA Bellaroi were tetraploid wheats which carry good advanced and stable resistance levels of crown rot resistance.” identified over several generations in multiple families within these crosses. The USQ-led project has received funding support from the Grains “In particular, seven durum families Research and Development have been identified which consistently
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minutes. Spill Crew’s Mike Carrigg says that they can be used on a variety of pipes, including metal, concrete, galvanised, ceramic, fibreglass, polypropylene, steel, rubber, stainless steel and copper. ``The great thing about FIXAPIPE is that there is no mixing needed, so there is no mess,’’ he said. ``It can also be used on wet, dry, clean, broken, corroded and leaking pipes, and because it so easy and quick to use it reduces labour downtime.’’ Because FIXAPIPE is a bandage, it has the flexibility to be used on different areas of the pipe - at any tee or join. And because it can be used to fix holes on different types of pipes, tradesmen in all industries are finding it useful. Mike said that the FIXAPIPE bandage, when used in conjunction with steel putty, is also safe to use on pipes containing a range of different chemicals. The FIXAPIPE kit is available in four different sizes, from 5cm x 3.6m to 10cm x 4.9m. The kit comes complete with the bandage, a pair of gloves and the putty. The recommended retail costs for the kits start at $41, through to $70. Mike said that everything about FIXAPIPE is easy to use. ``The bandage is on a spool so the application of it is really easy,’’ he said. ``It really is a quality product. We have the backing of a world leader in bandage manufacturing, so no corners have been cut. ``But if anyone does have any questions, there is more info on our website, or they can call us.’’ For more information, visit www.spillcrew.com.au
Turn off all valves controlling flow to damaged section of pipe to remove pressure.
For easier mixing, warm putty to room temperature or slightly above. Apply within 2 minutes of mixing.
Step 1 - For best results and a stronger seal; roughen surface of pipe. Remove any loose particles and clean the area to be repaired.
Step 2b - Force putty into cracks or holes in the damaged area of the pipe. (Putty has 3-5 minutes work life).
Step 2a - Cut or twist off required amount of putty. Knead putty with fingers until a grey consistent colour is achieved (for best results mix thoroughly).
Step 3 - Submerge FIXAPIPE bandage in water for 10-15 seconds, squeezing 2-3 times to ensure it is evenly soaked. Step 4 - Apply consistent tension; wrap the entire
5 Quick and easy way to fix your damaged pipes FIXAPIPE bandage over the area to be repaired whilst ensuring a 50% overlap is maintained. For best results a thickness of at least 10mm is required. (Bandage has a 3 minute work life). Step 5- Once the entire bandage has been applied, squeeze the bandage by rotating/twisting your hands to obtain a smooth finish. Allow at least 30 minutes for FIXAPIPE bandage to set
MASPRO More than 90 years on and Maspro Wire are still producing quality products. Over time Maspro Wire has established a reputation within the manufacturing industry and amongst their clients for quality, service and value for money. They produce an array of products from fencing staples and fasteners, netting and ring fasteners, tie wire, pliers and fastener tools, air operated ring fasteners and air tools, fence post clips and bale fasteners The team at Maspro Wire takes pride in providing high quality products.They have a strong focus on innovation in both their products and manufacturing techniques, while raw materials are sourced from quality suppliers. This commitment is reflected in their wire products which demonstrate improved strength, wear resistance and value for money. As an Australian owned and operated business they manufacture products ideally suited to the harsh Australian conditions. All Maspro Wire products are subject to strict quality control and testing procedures.
Sprung from a Rabbit Trap Like farming, manufacturing is an honest and noble business all of us should be proud of. Last week some of the AIRR team dropped in for a coffee at our neighbour (and supplier of gate and fence hardware) Downee. Their manufacturing facility is just around the corner from AIRR’s Melbourne warehouse. During our visit we experienced Downee’s rich manufacturing history which celebrates the
exceptional men and women who’ve made manufacturing their career. Downee may not be a brand you recognise immediately but chances are you’ve unwittingly used their products your entire life. For 60-years they’ve been producing steel products like rabbit traps (but not any more!), rural gate and fence hardware and car parts for GMH, Ford, Chrysler, Mitsubishi & Toyota. What struck us about Downee was the company’s diverse product range. To think of Downee as only a manufacture of rural gate & fence hardware is selling them short, for ten years they’ve also supplied a range of motorised gate and shed door systems plus shed door hardware. Its impressive how
they’ve managed to find a balance where Australianmade quality is supplied at a value-for-money price. Mounted in a glass case in their showroom is a tarnished rabbit trap made by Downee in the 1950’s. At the base sits a brass plaque which reads ‘Donated by Don Mathews - a Downee team-member for 27-years. (March 1956 – July 1983)’. A number of people we spoke with remembered Don as a nuggetty, strong-minded and likable bloke. However Don’s greatest legacy to the company may not have been his long and tireless service, but rather introducing his son Bob to Downee in 1956! While there we had the great pleasure of meeting Bob and like his Dad, Bob is a committed and proud
manufacturer, whose love of working with his hands keeps him motivated as he nears his 72nd birthday and his 57th year at Downee. Meeting Bob and the other team members is a reminder of the unseen companies like Downee and the people whom keep it running and the important part they play in Australia’s history. With distribution warehouses in all states on the mainland, Downee is a national company, AIRR’s neighbour and your neighbour too. Next time it’s our shout for the coffee.
To Cheat or Not to Cheat
Unfortunately the agricultural chemical industry in Australia is exposed to cheating because of three inherent factors:
•The regulatory authority, the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA), allows for a 5% margin-of-error in formulations. •It is virtually impossible for the end-user to know whether or not the product meets the regulated specifications before use. •Low barriers-to-entry to the Australian industry. The 5% margin-of-error allowed by APVMA was designed to cover unintentional under- and over-yields; however, it has come to our attention that several suppliers in Australia are setting the bar for the level of active in their product at 5% below the regulated level. For example, in the case of Trifluralin 480 g/L, the amount of active could be as low as 456 g/L and not in breach of APVMA regulations.
proscribed concentration plus or minus 5%, however, we have seen “Trifluralin 480” with only 400 g/L of active. • The correct wetter or surfactant should be used and should be produced by a reputable source. For example, premium Glyphosate 450 such as Apparent® should contain a Tallow-amine wetter rather than a Betaine wetters or an APG (the use of which may require a wetter to be added). • The correct solvent should be used at the correct weight. We have heard supplier claims of “we use 120 gram of Tallow-amine in our Glyphosate 450” when later analysis has shown that 100 gram was used. •The wetter or surfactant should be the correct concentration, that is, not diluted, and it should be the correct weight. We have heard supplier claims of “we use 120 gram of Tallowamine in our Glyphosate 450” when later analysis has shown that the 120 gram was diluted to 25%.” • Minimal residual material should be present in the formulation. For example, Glyphosate 450 formulated from Glyphosate 98% Technical leaves less residual material in the formulation compared with Glyphosate 95% Technical.
The regulatory authority, the Australian Pesticides & Veterinary To a very large Medicines extent, the enduser must rely on the honesty Authority of the supplier and reputation (APVMA), of the brand to be sure allows for a 5% the product contains what it should contain margin-of-error in and is fit for the purpose for formulations. what it is used.
The end-user generally has no access to analytical equipment, nor would he/she be prepared to bear the cost of a third party analysing the product. Of course, if the results do not meet the end-user’s expectations then he/she may always complain, but it will be far too late and in many cases the complaint will be met by the excuse of “operator error”. So what should the product contain? •The level of active should not be greater or less than the
Short of the expense of analysis, the end-user must buy a reputable brand from a reputable supplier who is completely accountable with a long-term presence in Australia. A reputable supplier will deliver the product when required from local stock at a fair price and will rectify the occasional mistake without cost and inconvenience to the end-user. If the brand happens to be new then a reputable supplier will
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have thoroughly assessed the product before stocking the same. Virtually all of the agricultural chemicals consumed today, or at least the active material, are imported into Australia and the vast majority of these products are sourced from China and India, even by multinational corporations. There is no alternative to this business model despite what you may have heard. However, there is nothing wrong with this practice as long as there is a direct link to the manufacturer and this link is usually via an Australian distributor who is accountable in the first instance. Many distributors, such as AIRR with Apparent®, now sell their own private brands and, therefore, place the reputation of the organisation behind the product. It is important to note that, under Australian law, private brands must conform to exactly the same specifications as those of all registrants, but notably those of the multinational corporations who first introduced the molecules. Of course, as suggested above, some registrants will navigate around the specifications by cheating,
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but those companies with a reputation to protect (for example, multinational corporations and distributors) are almost certain to conform because their focus is on quality - and quality defines their future. Low barriers-to-entry to the Australian agricultural chemical market are a mixed blessing. The objective behind low barriers-toentry was to ensure Australian farmers paid a fair price for their agricultural chemicals unlike, for example, the US market where prices are significantly higher because of the US data compensation scheme for generic products. Under US data compensation, the owner of the original data for a molecule must be compensated by generic suppliers who use that data to register their products. The cost of this compensation, which is often expressed in millions of dollars, is ultimately paid by the US farmer through higher prices. The cost of registering a product in Australia is usually no greater than $5,000 compared with around US$1,000,000 in the US. Again these costs are recovered from US farmers via higher prices. The low barriers-to-entry in
Australia have, of course, attracted a multitude of participants who have placed considerable pressure on prices, which, to a large extent meets the stated objective. However, the strategy has also encouraged “a race to the bottom” with many of the participants attracted to the industry by the low barriers - seeking an edge with formulations that may not meet their registered specifications. The sheer number of participants and products in the market place have made it virtually impossible for APVMA to conduct spot checks of products unless there is a flagrant abuse of the system - as there was recently with the infamous “black Trifluralin” incident. Thus while low barriers-to-entry have successfully delivered lower
prices to Australian farmers because of enhanced competition, they have also increased the risk of Australian farmers buying low quality product if they buy only on price. So how can the Australian farmer minimise the risk of buying low quality product? A low price will not necessarily point to low quality, however, further investigation is required to confirm the quality of the product. For example, a low price could simply mean that a new brand or a new, high quality product is being introduced to the market, or it could also mean that the company introducing the product has lower fixed costs than multinational corporations offering the same product. The following steps are
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recommended: • Buy a brand that enjoys a reputation for quality in the market even if the product is new. In this context the “brand” is the company name rather than the product name. • Buy from a company which has invested in the Australian market and, therefore, is committed to the long-term. This statement applies equally to the manufacturer, distributor and reseller. You should ensure that all of them will be around if you ever experience problems with the product. • Distributor private labels are a reliable guide to high quality at competitive prices because it means the distributor is engaged for the full length of the value chain and therefore committed to quality. • Certificates of Analysis are always available should you require the same and are very easy to access in today’s computerised world. Remember that the • vast majority of agricultural chemicals sold in Australia today had their origins in China or
India. This statement applies equally to multinational corporations, all of which have their own plants and other alliances in China (and India to a lesser extent). Ask or learn from which plants your preferred product has been sourced. The level of technology and quality of output from many plants in China, in particular, now surpasses the product quality previously produced in the US and EU. Now that China is enforcing a strict regime of environmental protection of its chemical plants, quality can only improve, however, you should remain discerning.
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Bayer looks to support rural communities with up to $50,000 The successful and very popular Bayer Community Support Program is in full swing in 2013. Conducted by the Bayer Animal Health team in country communities across Australia, the Community Support Program is expected to generate around $50,000 for community projects. Hospitals, schools, the disabled, sporting groups and many more will be the beneficiaries of the 2013 program. “In 2012, we were delighted to donate a total of $50,000 to 17 different organisations,” said Business Unit
Manager, John Oulton. “For community based organisations this injection of extra funds permits them to undertake projects that might otherwise have been impossible.” In 2012 for instance, the Midlands Multi Purpose Health Centre Auxiliary of the community hospital in the small Tasmanian town of Oatlands was able to purchase much needed equipment with the Bayer program funds. On the Central Coast of NSW the Somersby Riding for the Disabled group made good use of the extra funds to assist them with their essential
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and very costly Hendra Virus vaccination program. In country Victoria, the East Grampians Building for the Future Foundation received $5000 which was used to help support and sponsor a number of young people from the local community with a range of scholarships and bursaries. In essence, the Bayer Community Support Program is a collaborative effort between farm and rural retailers, customers and Bayer Animal Health in raising funds for community support. When local farmers purchase Bayer sheep, cattle, equine and farm hygiene products, 5% of the value of sales is accumulated as a rebate to a maximum of $5000 and is paid to the nominated community organisation at the end of the program. Bayer Animal Health products involved in the
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