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From the Publisher... Ryan Media Pty Ltd reached agreement with Norley (Australia) Pty Ltd managing director Peter Levy, to purchase Australasian Farmers’ & Dealers’ Journal (AFDJ), in May this year. AFDJ has been published for more than 28 years and services Australasian agriculture and horticultural dealers, manufacturers and distributors and has an extensive trade distribution database. Initially starting as the mouthpiece for the Farm Machinery Dealers Association of Australia (FMDA), AFDJ later added news and coverage of the Tractor and Machinery Association of Australia (TMA) as a representative body. AFDJ is also an industry guide for the all-important rural field days and expo committees and events. The website which features published articles, events and online trade listings will be upgraded. Adelaide-based Ryan Media is a division of Provincial Press Group, a fourth generation family business which publishes regional and special interest newspapers, including two of the Farmer Group of Newspapers in Victoria. Provincial Press Group also publishes rural journals to the wine, viticulture, olive, forest and timber industries. We

understand primary industries, their suppliers, and the importance in quality food production, export earnings, plus the contributions rural traders make to regional development and prosperity. With issues including carbon tax, OH&S changes, government regulations, equipment standards and ongoing rural industry challenges that affect machinery manufacturers and dealers, AFDJ can be an effective voice for the sector. This edition introduces the first of a regular “My View” editorial from industry. John Henchy from FMDA is our first guest writer; he argues for a better national understanding on agricultural and future education plans that reflect industry staffing needs. Along with editorial changes, AFDJ will now be available online and promoted to farmers and horticulturalists to lift industry interest and readership which currently is estimated at over 13,000 per issue. This change will offer suppliers the advantage of using web links in their advertisements to promote products and equipment catalogues. New Zealand trade news will be included and new services introduced to inform importers, manufacturers, agents and dealers, and to assist their marketing and sales growth. We welcome feedback and suggestions that will assist the sector. Hartley Higgins Publisher.

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August 2012 Issue 85

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Tyres..................................................................................................40 Norwood Agriculture........................................................................46 Field days and Expos .......................................................................52 This issue’s cover: Kuhn Farm Machinery.


What’s making News Draft Code for rural workplaces needs you The recently released, 35-page draft Code of Practice for Managing Risks of Plant in Rural Workplaces will impact your life on the land and it is in your interests to review the paper and provide feedback before it becomes an Australia-wide scheme. The Code has been developed to support the model Work Health and Safety (WHS) Act and Regulations, developed by Safe Work Australia. Since 1 January 2012, six jurisdictions have implemented new WHS laws based on the model WHS laws: Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania (with a commencement date of 1 January 2013), the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory and the Commonwealth. Since the use of agricultural machinery has been linked with a high number of work-related deaths and injuries, the draft Code aims to provide practical guidance for those who manage or control plant used for primary production in rural workplaces.

The primary duty of care falls on the person conducting the business and he or she is required to ensure the health and safety of workers. Provide feedback

What is a rural workplace?

According to the draft Code it is anywhere that primary production is carried out, including cultivation of any crop, the rearing and management of livestock, the classing, scouring, sorting or pressing of wool, aquaculture, any market garden and the clearing, fencing, trenching, draining or preparation of land for the purposes of primary production. What is plant in a rural workplace?

That covers items used to carry out the work listed above, which includes any tool, equipment or item powered by an energy source or manually operated, as well as any machine or on-farm vehicle such as a tractor. It covers components attached to plant such as a tractor-mounted post-driver. Items such as silos and hoppers are also caught under the Code. 4

Who is responsible?

Feedback is sought on whether the scope and application of this Code is appropriate, including whether it is helpful and easy to understand and reflects the current state of knowledge and technological developments in relation to managing risks associated with the use of plant in rural workplaces. Also whether there is an appropriate level of information included and if the information would be better dealt with in specific guidance, rather than a code. Comments can be given as an individual or as a joint submission and this can be through an employer or union, professional association, safety group or even a community forum. A Public Comment Submission Cover Sheet and the Public Comment Response Form have been designed for making written submissions. These are

available on the Safe Work Australia website at www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au as is a copy of the draft Code of Practice. Safe Work Australia would prefer typed submissions sent electronically to codes@safeworkaustralia.gov.au but the website has a physical address as well. The closing date for making a submission is Friday, 24 August, at 5:00 pm AEST.

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Scholarship programs beefed-up ANZ announced a new partnership with the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) to deliver a scholarship program aimed at developing future generations of Australian rural agribusiness leaders. The ‘ANZ and ABIF Rural Leadership Scholarship Program’ will offer successful participants a paid place to attend the renowned Kellogg Rural Leaders Program at Lincoln University in New Zealand. ANZ’s Head of Regional Commercial Banking, Tania Motton, said: “ANZ is pleased to be partnering with the ABIF in what we hope will become a leading scholarship program for delivering young talent back into the Australian agricultural sector, and in particular the beef industry. “We’re committed to supporting regional Australia and what better way than to invest in a program which ensures a pipeline of skilled young leaders is being delivered into the Australian beef industry for generations to come,” Motton said. Frank Archer, Chairman of the ABIF, said the partnership with ANZ was based on a meeting of minds between the two

(L-R): Alison McIntosh, Board Member, ABIF; Mark Bennett, Head of Agribusiness, Regional Commercial Banking, ANZ; Frank Archer, Chairman, ABIF; Tania Motton, Head of Regional Commercial Banking, ANZ.

organisations and a shared understanding of the importance this scholarship program will have to the Australian beef industry. “There is a definite skills shortage within rural and regional areas across Australia, but particularly so in the beef industry. ANZ has recognised this as an important issue for the industry and is working hand-in-hand with us to provide the much needed support this issue needs. “We have a proud partner in ANZ and

we look forward to working with them to deliver this scholarship program so that young rural Australians are provided with the opportunity to expand their horizons, and deepen their knowledge and commitment to participating in the beef industry,” Archer said. Applications for the scholarship program are open from 16 July 2012 until 31 August2012 and can be made through www.abif.com.au

Lockyer unlocks new Fluidpower facility Custom Fluidpower, one of the largest independently owned hydraulic solutions providers in Australia, was recently joined by NRL legend Darren Lockyer to officially open the new facility in Paget, Mackay, Queensland. Custom Fluidpower employees, customers and suppliers all attended the evening, which included official proceedings, a discussion with Darren Lockyer and live entertainment. The new Mackay branch is located in an industrial estate at 53 Diesel Drive, Paget and consists of a 300sqm office and 1100sqm workshop. The company has the ability to double the space to meet future growth requirements. The branch offers a wide range of fluid power solutions from complete system design through to product sales and 6

specialises in field service, workshop repairs, installation and commissioning. This new facility demonstrates Custom Fluidpower’s long-term commitment to its Queensland customers. Currently this Australian-owned company has four sales and service centres in Queensland – Brisbane, Emerald, Mackay, and Gladstone – and offers hydraulic, pneumatic, filtration and lubrication product sales along with complete system design, installation and commissioning, service and repairs. For more information go to: www.custom.com.au. Custom Fluidpower staff outside the new Mackay branch just after it was officially opened.

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Aussies prefer Australian grown The Australian Made, Australian Grown Campaign (AMAG) has welcomed the decision by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to formally approve the proposed extension of country of origin labelling to unpackaged beef, sheep and chicken meat in Australia. The AMAG has been campaigning for tougher food labelling laws for some time, including submissions to the independent review of food labelling law and policy in 2010/11, which prompted FSANZ’s decision. AMAG Chief Executive Ian Harrison said such an extension would be a big win for consumers and industry alike. “Consumers want to be given clear and consistent information in order to make informed choices and this extension is another step towards more coherent country of origin labelling for all food products,” he said. Research demonstrates that Australians have a clear preference for buying Australian Grown produce. The vast majority of Australians (89%) feel very strongly that the fresh food they buy is Australian and an equally significant proportion (82%) are as avid that the processed food they buy is Australian as well. The Australian Grown logo is the best way for producers and retailers to leverage this sentiment and the impact of the decision to extend the range of produce required to carry country of origin labelling. “A staggering 94% of shoppers recognise the logo and 85% of shoppers trust the logo over any other country of origin branding such as flags, maps and pictures of animals,” Harrison said. “We encourage producers and retailers to use the logo aggressively at pointof-sale, placing it clearly and visibly on products and promotional materials to assist shoppers in making their purchase decisions.”

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My view Agricultural education should address mechanization By John Henchy Executive Officer, Farm Machinery Dealers Association of WA Executive Officer, WA Regional Manufacturers Agriculture is defined in the dictionary as “the science of cultivating the soil and rearing of animals” but even that definition is being challenged these days with the likes of “no till”. Such is the advancement in recent times, and no doubt this is just one snap shot of what the future will give us. Given this definition the tendency of the agricultural education system has been to concentrate on the crop and livestock aspects rather than the wider scope of career opportunities. Agriculture is an enormous industry, some would say the largest in the world, and the many different avenues a student can go down are too numerous to mention, and not restricted to the practice of farming. The agribusiness sector is huge and probably offers more diversity than any other industry. One sector of agribusiness which does need recognition is mechanisation. How successful would Australian agriculture be without the air seeder? How easy would it be to harvest thousands of hectares without a modern harvester? How productive would we be had “no-till” or conservation farming techniques and the associated technology not been embraced as they have in Australia? If you think mechanisation is not important for the success of agriculture then stop reading now. If you do understand the role mechanisation plays then ask the question - where do people learn about it? The answer, at tertiary level anyway, is really nowhere in Australia. As far as we can tell no universities have any part of their curriculum that covers mechanisation. A student can graduate having studied agribusiness or ag science, and know nothing about the technology which ensures the success of modern agriculture. Fortunately, some ag colleges cover the subject but they need to raise the bar. If the plan is to work in agribusiness we believe it is essential that a graduate have a base knowledge of mechanisation to enable him or her to better understand the technology that helps Australian farmers stay at the top of the game. For example, how can a farm advisor help his or her client to improve efficiencies if they have no knowledge of precision ag or any of the other cost-saving technologies? 8

Australia by necessity – because there are virtually no subsidies – has had to remain highly efficient and it is in this pursuit of excellence that we have led the world in a number of initiatives. A few that come to mind are “no-till’’ farming, the early adoption of precision ag and the use of liquid fertilisers. In fact, with precision ag Australia was so far ahead of the pack that many Australian innovative businesses in that sector are now part of some of the North American conglomerates. While we’ve been discussing the young graduate, how do people who have been out of university or college for a decade or so keep themselves up to speed with technology? Surely this could be another role for educational institutions, to step-up to the plate with short courses to increase their knowledge. But we have only touched on part of the agricultural education scene. What has to happen to get agriculture into the minds of more people who are looking for a career? Agriculture should be part of kindergarten studies so young children have an early understanding as to where their food really comes from. They should understand at a very early age that Australian farmers produce food and that it is some of the best in the world. They should know that milk does not come from a bottle and a farmer grew the cotton in their jeans. If students can be made aware of agriculture at an early age not only will they learn about the realities of life but also it may sow the seed (excuse the pun) for a career that can offer one of the best life styles in the world. Education is only part of the agricultural story. If it is to regain its place at the top of the export earnings tree for Australia then we need to promote it more and let people know that it is a very rewarding game to be in. It’s not easy but then I can’t think of an easy career: all businesses have their challenges. Mining is the flavour of the month at the moment but when the boom ends, and it will, agriculture should take its place. We’ve done it before and we can do it again.

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NEWS BRIEFS New legislation for fairer ratings The Victorian Government has stepped in to ensure a fairer municipal rating system for farmers. Local Government Minister Jeanette Powell introduced legislation into Parliament, giving her the power to set and enforce new guidelines on differential rating. (Local Government Legislation Amendment Miscellaneous Bill 2012). “One in four of Victoria’s 48 rural and regional shires rate farmland using the same or higher differential rates than residential land. That’s just grossly unfair,” said Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) President Peter Tuohey. “How is it that a farmer pays three to five times the rates of a business in town, when they both earn the same income?” The Government has promised to develop guidelines on the use of rating differentials in consultation with the public over the next six months, so they can be used in the 2013 budget process.

Fuchs expansion of Australian facilities Global CEO of Fuchs Petrolub AG Stefan Fuchs recently visited Australia to announce a significant investment and expansion of Fuchs’ Melbourne and Newcastle facilities. During his visit to Australia Fuchs also attended the 2012 Fuchs Australasia National Sales Conference, where he made the announcement in his presentation to staff. He detailed plans for a $5.5 million expansion of the Melbourne facility and a major redevelopment in Newcastle. The announcement of additional investment into the region follows the launch last year of a world-class regional lubricant laboratory and technical centre in Melbourne, boosting local and regional lubricant development and sales.

NZ report forecast on farming A New Zealand government report suggested a major risk to growth in the country’s farming sector over the coming four years. The report on the 2012 situation and outlook comes from the NZ Ministry for Primary Industries. The forecast was that the trade-weighted index (TWI) will strengthen over the next nine months but it would gradually ease back by March 2016. In terms of the dollar, it is expected to go to 80 cents against the US dollar but drop back to 69 cents by 2016. Fruit is forecast to have the largest gains in gross revenue, going up by 33% between now and 2016, dairy should rise by 27%, beef by 13%, vegetables up 10% and sheep meat by nine %. Wool is expected to decline 16%.

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CO2 funding success of $3.8 million The CO2 Group has been successful in gaining funding for two projects. The grants from the Federal Government’s Biodiversity Fund are worth $3.8 million, and will support two projects one in Western Australia and one in New South Wales. “We are delighted to receive these grants, which we see as recognition of the quality of our work in the Australian market and our deep environmental expertise,” said Andrew Grant, CO2 Group Chief Executive Officer. “Our projects will research, map, design and implement targeted biodiversity enhancements across Australia’s largest commercial forest carbon sink estate. We manage a 26,400 hectare estate across 30 properties in Australia’s highly fragmented wheat-sheep belt, including sites within the south-west Western Australia biodiversity hotspot. “The two projects will integrate biodiversity outcomes with large-scale commercial carbon plantings, creating a unique partnership between a for-profit commercial entity and the government. “A partnership of this nature and scale has not been attempted outside the not-for-profit sector,” said Grant. In Western Australia, the CO2 Group project will take steps toward the establishment of vital corridors between Lake Magenta Nature Reserve and Fitzgerald National Park, and Corackerup National Park and Fitzgerald National Park. These corridor links will contribute to the capacity of the reserves to continue to function and facilitate biodiversity conservation in face of uncertain climatic challenges. CO2 Group’s project in WA will contribute to the FitzStirling Functional Landscape Plan and the Carnaby’s black cockatoo Recovery Plan. It will also assist with the conservation of a range of other nationally and regionally significant conservation targets such as the western whipbird, mallee fowl, tammar wallaby, western mouse, and black gloved wallaby. In New South Wales selected sites will contribute to the consolidation of the regional conservation estate as well as enhancing connectivity between some reserves. The reserves that will benefit include Goonoo National Park, Goonoo State Conservation Area, Pillaga State Conservation Area and Pillaga West State Conservation Area. Conservation target species include the black glossy cockatoo, mallee fowl and sugar glider. Specific flora of conservation significance may contribute to the revegetation and restoration actions. All the projects supported by the Biodiversity Fund will help to revegetate, rehabilitate and restore more than 18 million hectares of the Australian landscape over the next six years.

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NEWS BRIEFS Become organic with a subsidy Organic industry representative body Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) has secured funding to subsidise the cost of an organic farming course for 55 students. The Diploma in Agriculture (Organic Production) is available to anyone wanting to make a living from the land or already doing so. The curriculum takes 18 months to complete and is focused on developing plans to change or develop systems towards organic production. Two hundred students have graduated, the course is offered through TAFE NSW Riverina Institute via correspondence. Students are linked with a mentor in their region to help them. A $400,000 grant from the National Workforce Development Fund means students are only required to pay a third of course costs. More information is available from Rob Fenton on 0408 227 624 or email Rob.fenton@det.nsw.edu.au.

Queensland dairyfarmers get soil support The Queensland Dairyfarmers’ Organisation (QDO), with the Subtropical Dairy and the Federal Government, have a project to support farmers in accessing the latest soil nutrient management knowledge and techniques on farms across Queensland. QDO President Brian Tessmann said the project is titled “Piloting Innovative Soil and Nutrient Management Systems with Queensland Dairy Farmers” and industry had received $96,000 funding from the Federal Government. “The project will seek to engage about 50 dairy farms in southern Queensland in this round.” Subtropical Dairy Chair Ross McInnes said the project will operate to work through local Dairying Better ‘n’ Better discussion groups, with the support of suitably qualified independent professional advisors.

Aussie beef in the US Australian authorities insist all meat produced locally is safe, despite a contamination scare in the United States. Two processing facilities in the US voluntarily recalled almost 3100 kilograms of ground Australian beef after inspectors detected E.coli bacteria. The Federal Department of Agricultural, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) confirmed that US authorities had contacted it and “Australian beef had been implicated in the detection”. It’s not clear how it became contaminated because the meat was subject to a US testing program before export. The meat also met US import requirements and was cleared by US border authorities, DAFF said, noting that contamination could occur at any part of the supply chain. 12

DAFF develops national FMD policy ‘The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has developed a national policy for vaccination against foot–and–mouth disease (FMD), boosting Australia’s preparedness against the disease. DAFF Deputy Secretary Rona Mellor said vaccination is increasingly being recognised as an important part of controlling an outbreak of FMD. “While Australia has been free of foot–and–mouth disease for more than 100 years, it is still by far the most significant biosecurity threat to Australia’s livestock industries,” Mellor said. “Rather than considering vaccination a ‘measure of last resort’ in controlling an outbreak of FMD, Australia will now consider the potential role of vaccination as part of the response strategy as soon as an incursion of FMD is detected.” Both experience overseas and disease modelling studies carried out in Australia show that, in some circumstances, early vaccination is essential to effective disease control. With the new policy in place, an FMD Vaccination Expert Advisory Group is now developing detailed guidelines identifying the circumstances under which vaccination will be a useful strategy, and the best strategy for different outbreak scenarios. “The new policy acknowledges the need to maintain flexibility so that decision–makers can consider the potential role of vaccination appropriate for each specific outbreak scenario,” Mellor said. During a recent meeting of the Standing Council on Primary Industries (SCoPI ) the Australian Government and all states and territories endorsed the national policy on the use of vaccination during a foot–and–mouth disease outbreak. The update better aligns Australia’s FMD vaccination policy with advancing vaccine technologies, community perspectives and international standards and practices. Following the 2011 Matthews report, which highlighted vaccination policy as an area where Australia’s preparedness for FMD could be improved, consultations were held with key livestock industry bodies, states and territories, the Animal Health Committee and the Primary Industries Standing Council. The Foot–and–mouth Disease Vaccine Experts Advisory Group will hold meetings with industry in 2012 to ensure continued input. It is estimated that an the unlikely event of a FMD outbreak, the disease could cost Australia as much as $16 billion. This is based on a worst-case scenario of a 12-month outbreak spread across a large area. A full copy of the report is available from the FMD taskforce – call 02 6272 4868.

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Woolies fresh food funding Farming groups and organizations who have projects that will improve water use, nutrient management or the carbon footprint of farming may be able to benefit from funding through Woolworths’ Fresh Food Future program. While the total pool is $150,000, individual grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to projects the best fit the criteria. Woolworths’ program is a collaboration between Landcare Australia and Woolworths to develop, improve and encourage sustainable farming practices across Australia. Woolworths has partnered with Landcare Australia since 2007 to support the Woolworths Sustainable Agriculture program, which delivered funding to over 170 projects around Australia. All farming groups and organisations are eligible to apply, along with Landcare groups who wish to undertake sustainable farming projects in any primary production industry. Pat McEntee, Woolworths General Manager Fresh Food, believes that the Fresh Food Future program is in an important investment into the Australian agriculture sector.

Russell Ford and Rice Research Australia field day at Jerilderie, New South Wales.

CEO of Landcare Australia Heather Campbell is looking forward to hearing about the pioneering methods farmers use to improve business. Projects funded through last year’s open grants program included support for Holbrook Landcare Group in southern NSW to reduce costs and increase productivity through better understanding and use of phosphorus fertilizers. Assistance for canegrowers in Queensland to improve water use efficiency and save irrigation

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water through a network of soil moisture monitoring equipment providing data to 250 sugarcane growers was another initiative. Other projects supported include the Far South Coast Dairy Group in NSW improving irrigation management on pastures, and reducing energy use and the carbon footprint. Applications close on 2 July 2012. More information is at: www.landcareonline.com.au.

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Foreign owned land under the microscope The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) welcomes the Federal Government’s decision to establish a Commonwealth foreign ownership register for agricultural land. Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig announced a working group would be established to consult on the development of the register, which would investigate: • What ownership interests should be captured under a register; • How the register would interact with existing state and territory land title registers, including the Foreign

Ownership of Land Register in Queensland; • Ways to monitor and enforce compliance; • How information would be reported on and disclosed. VFF President Peter Tuohey said a register of agriculture land was long overdue and had been a high policy priority for the VFF. “The VFF has been a strong critic of the lack of information on foreign ownership of agriculture assets. A register is a step in the right direction,” said Tuohey.

“A register is not about reducing foreign investment, it’s about gauging the level of investment in real time. “The VFF will take a strong interest in this working group and provide information and comment to support the establishment of the register for both agricultural land and water assets. “Our annual conference supported the development of a register and also a reduction in the Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) threshold for analysis of foreign investment applications.”

Walterscheid P800 power driveline Walterscheid Australia has released its new P800 series driveline. The new P800 is the high power option and complements the Power Drive PTO Drive Shaft range. Designed for machines in continuous use, these shafts cater for tough demands and are suitable for large-scale farmers and contractors. Now with the new P800 series, tractors with capacities up to 500 horsepower can be utilized with ease and safety.

Special features of the series include: • features developed for large capacities tractor from 250Hp up to 500Hp • large-scale telescopic sliding sections 60mm diameter x 28 teeth hardened spline bar • multi-lip seals designed to keep grease in and the dust out. A new F5/3 overrunning clutch has also been designed to suit this high horsepower application.

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Bluetongue outbreak exercised Animal Health Australia (AHA) played a key role in the management of a simulated ‘outbreak’ of bluetongue disease in sheep as part of a major national training event called Exercise Phantom Fox. The exercise, which was held from 15-18 May at the Wayville Showgrounds in Adelaide, was hosted by Biosecurity South Australia and involved a total of 150 personnel from around Australia, including the national Rapid Response Team (RRT). The RRT is a group of 50 personnel from state, territory and Commonwealth governments with expertise in managing outbreaks of emergency animal diseases 14

wherever they occur in the country. Bluetongue disease occurs generally in sheep, however other species including goats, cattle, buffalo, camels, llamas and deer can be infected. It has never been reported in commercial livestock in Australia. An outbreak of bluetongue would severely impact on Australia’s trade in international markets. Animal Health Australia’s Training Manager, Dr Kathy Gibson, said AHA has been actively engaged in planning Exercise Phantom Fox since 2010, along with Biosecurity SA and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF).

“These types of exercise are regularly conducted around the country and are vital in testing the policies, systems and procedures to improve the way we respond to an emergency animal disease outbreak,” Gibson said. AHA livestock industry members directly involved in the exercise included the Australian Alpaca Association, the Goat Industry Council of Australia, Wool Producers Australia, Sheep Meat Council of Australia, the Cattle Council of Australia and the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association. This exercise builds on previous AHA training activities.

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Nuffield scholarship to redefine resources

Roma Britnell.

A drive to understand what a larger world population relying on diminishing resources means for agriculture pushed Victorian dairy farmer Roma Britnell to apply for a

Nuffield scholarship. For Britnell, there are two sides of the coin in this situation – on one side opportunities, and the other side challenges that will present themselves to Australian farmers. “I applied for a Nuffield scholarship to get a better understanding of world agriculture, because I’m often asked my opinion and asked to represent agriculture outside the farm gate. “I felt it was important to be passionate and opinionated like I am, but it was also very important to get a handle on what the world offers and what the world’s challenges are, so that it could help me understand agriculture in Australia,” Britnell said. Britnell, from Woolsthorpe in Victoria, started her studies by focussing on the positives, but found there are issues in the supply chain farmers have to address

TIA advisory board The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government, has renewed its advisory board with the appointments of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association CEO, Jan Davis, and consultancy company Macquarie Franklin’s John Maynard. “Agriculture is a key economic driver in Tasmania,” said Davis. “Every year for the past 25 years the sector has delivered increases in value of production. “Key to continuing this expansion is a strong RD&E base – and TIA provides 16

if they want to make money from producing food. “I looked at the opportunities that were existing given the amount of food that we’re going to have to supply, but out of that came the question of how farmers are actually going to capture the profit. “So I started to look at different models that farmers have available today, and the attitude towards their importance and their success - I looked at the co-operative model, family businesses, value-adding and niche markets across the UK and northern Europe,” she said. She then went on to identify the challenges that were going to hinder those opportunities. To do that Britnell travelled across the western world, with a focus on Canada and the USA, as well as visiting developing countries including Mexico and Brazil to see what the different attitudes were there. “It was interesting because, while animal welfare issues are key and obvious around the western world, it was surprising to me to find that in the developing world the environmental issues were so pronounced,” she said. “I think we can do that by developing a vision for agriculture, and we need government and farming communities working together to rebuild the reputation of farmers and farming so that the communities have confidence

in those responsible for their landscape,” she concluded. Britnell believes the challenge is two-fold for farmers, with both a need to produce what’s required to support the world population, but also a great need to market agriculture in the media to make people understand and appreciate the sector. “It’s about balance and the way to do that is to as a nation start to look at agriculture differently to what we do today. So we need to actually set ourselves a vision and enshrine agriculture so that it is not actually hindered through the policies that we develop in our own country. “That will allow us to compete competitively without hindering ourselves domestically before we even hit that international scene. It’s pretty simple; it’s a cross-commodity approach to developing a strategy to address confidence in the farming community and the greater community.” Britnell’s scholarship was supported by Landmark. Nuffield Australia is an organisation that provides opportunities to Australian farmers aged between 28 and 40 years to travel the globe investigating a research topic important to them and Australian agriculture.

just that. The opportunity to be part of delivering focused tools and science to improve Tasmanian farm competitiveness is an exciting one. I am looking forward to working with the TIA team of leading scientists and researchers to better position our farmers for the future.” John Maynard, a Principal Consultant with Macquarie Franklin, is passionate about playing a role in developing agriculture in Tasmania and increasing its resilience to market and external pressures. “There is no doubt that the State has the capacity, and arguably the responsibility, to make its contribution to feed the world’s population, which is predicted to

reach nine billion by 2050,” he said. “At the present time we face a number of challenges that will require us to stay at the forefront on new research and technology. We have to be adaptive to change – change in our farming methods, change in our attitude to risk, markets, management and consumer demand, even challenging the sacred cow of land ownership. “These are challenges, not brick walls. TIA and industry need to actively address these issues.” The Director of TIA, Professor Holger Meinke, said that Davis and Maynard have many years of experience within all sectors of Tasmanian agriculture.

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Alcoa and Greening together 30 years During 30 years together Alcoa and Greening Australia have benefitted from one of the longest corporate and environmental non-governmental organizational (NGO) partnerships in Australia. In the 1980s the partnership was formed to develop innovative solutions to global environmental challenges. Over the three decades of partnership significant joint projects have included degraded land restoration, creating wildlife corridors, establishing native seed banking and developing solutions to manage carbon emissions. Throughout this time more than 200 million trees were provided to farmers, millions of seeds collected and seedlings planted. Tens of thousands of school children and more than 500 teachers have become involved in education programs such as the habitat revegetation program Grow Us a Home. At a deeper level, the partnership pioneered direct seeding technology and native seed banking, both widely used in the environmental restoration industry today. Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Alan Cransberg considers the partnership with Greening Australia to be the

Tree planting day - Alcoa staff, families and community members join together to make Australia greener.

company’s signature national partnership. “This partnership touches every community in which we operate, from Kwinana in Perth and Pinjarra and Waroona in regional Western Australia, to Portland, Anglesea and Geelong in Victoria. “Reaching this milestone is testament to the vision, passion and dedication shown by the people working for and with Greening Australia, not just today but those who planted the seed in the early 1980s and helped cultivate and nurture an organisation committed to addressing real environmental challenges,” he said. “Greening Australia’s partnership with Alcoa has been a 30-year investment in the environment, people and regional

communities,” Brendan Foran, Greening Australia Chief Executive Officer said. The partnership’s success has been honoured by a number of awards and acknowledgements. Recently it was announced as a finalist in the 2012 United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards for environmental best practice. Other major awards include the prestigious 2003 Prime Minister’s Award for Community Business Partnership, the United Nations Association of Australia 2008 World Environment Day Award for the Moolapio project and the 2009 Western Australian Environment Award for the Nell’s Block project in Yarloop.

Biosecurity Report released The National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2011 was released by Plant Health Australia’s (PHA) recently. The report demonstrates the lengths Australia goes to in a bid to protect the $27.5 billion agricultural, horticultural and forestry industries from plant pests. At the launch of the report Dr Tony Gregson, Chairman of the PHA Board, said Australians take our relatively pestfree environment for granted. The National Plant Biosecurity Status Report lists the 300 high priority pest threats that could seriously reduce the ability to grow particular crops in Australia, or to sell our produce, should they establish here. 18

“The report also details the behind-thescenes work that goes on: the major plant pest surveillance programs that are in place across the nation, the diagnostic laboratories and protocols we possess, and the hundreds of plant biosecurity research projects that scientists are working on. “This comprehensive volume aids decision making and guides the deployment of resources and the application of risk-based approaches to biosecurity, making a direct contribution to preserving our valuable pest free status,” said Greg Fraser, PHA’s executive director and CEO. “It’s also very reassuring for local and

overseas markets to see how much effort goes into maintaining our reputation as a producer of high quality food and agricultural products,” he said. This year’s report includes a section on Australia’s weeds of national significance and weed management. It contains case studies on biosecurity in forestry, collaboration on fruit fly identification, and transition to management projects for effective ongoing management of myrtle rust, Asian honey bee and Branched broomrape. The National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2011 is available at www.phau.com.au/npbsr

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Call for better code to move machinery

NAB reports softening in financial conditions for the farm sector

There is an urgent need to update the Code of Practice for moving farm machinery on roads; according to Peter White, the President of the South Australian Farmers Federation (SAFF). The SAFF is calling for an immediate revision of the code. “This is needed for all sizes, and particularly for the bigger machinery many farmers are now using,” he said. “And with newer more advanced machinery, there is now much more night work and the need for night travel. “Also needed is a simple procedures manual setting out the requirements when farmers need to move farm machinery on roads. “The (SA) State Government

Financial conditions for Australia’s farm sector have eased in recent months, but the outlook remains solid and it appears gains made over the past two years are likely to be consolidated; according to a National Australia Bank (NAB) report. A softening in financial conditions was to be expected, given that record-high global prices couldn’t last forever while crop yields would eventually revert to more normal levels, Michael Creed, the bank’s agribusiness economist, reported in a monthly sector review. Expectations for production from winter crops have generally been revised lower, while prices of agricultural commodities except wheat are broadly lower as the onset of risk aversion has been met with increased volumes in some markets, he said. “Despite recent weakness, the NAB rural commodity index still sits above its decade-long average. “Looking ahead, we anticipate that prices have likely bottomed out and we should see the commodity index strengthen through the second half of 2012, although some downside risk is evident given macro-economic events.” Australia exports about two-thirds of its farm production, making it an important supplier to the global trade in wheat, barley, beef, sheep meat, cotton, wool and sugar. The gross value of Australian farm production this fiscal year was estimated mid-June at A$47.1 billion (US$48.2 billion) by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences, or about 3% of Australia’s A$1.5 trillion economy. This forecast would indicate a sector still in good health, with forecasts of net farm incomes are still expected to come in at more than 80% higher than 200910 levels, Creed said. This suggests demand for inputs such as farm fertilizers, chemicals and equipment will be well supported.

continually talks about increasing production, and the State’s Strategic Plan has as one of its targets to treble the value of exports. For the State’s farmers to achieve increased production, restrictions need to be minimised. “This includes having a new code of practice for moving farm machinery on roads that adopts a commonsense approach that can be practically followed and is not cost prohibiting. “If farmers are not following the correct procedures this may void their public liability if there is an accident. “While SAFF’s Transport Committee has been working with the Department of Planning, Transport on this issue, the process needs speeding up,” White said.

Junior Landcare grants The last round of applications for 2012 is now open for the Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants program. All schools, preschools, kindergartens and community groups involving young people are encouraged to apply. The Coles Junior Landcare program offers grants of up to $1000 to help set-up gardens in communities and school grounds, giving kids a fun and interactive opportunity to learn about nature and environmental sustainability. Previous successful grant recipients have used the funding for a variety of garden projects including vegetables, herbs, bush tucker, water wise and multicultural gardens; along with worm farm, composting and recycling projects. Katrina Sparke of Avoca Public School, a recent grant recipient, says that receiving a Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grant has had many roll-on effects beyond the garden project itself. “This grant has really kick-started a positive vibe for our school, and the Parents & Citizens Committee worked hard to also afford a new kitchen to accompany it. We have seen a huge 20

rise in student morale, school pride, and enthusiasm for the new project— resulting in a few extra families joining our school and allowing us a second full time teacher,” said Sparke. Applications for the Coles Junior Landcare Garden Grants close on 27 July 2012. More information at: www.juniorlandcare.com.au.

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Silvan preferred by SA Government Silvan Australia has been nominated as the preferred supplier for agricultural and horticultural equipment and machinery to the Government of South Australia’s Department for Education and Child Development (DECD). The objective is to facilitate the supply, delivery and installation of a range of quality agricultural and horticultural equipment/machinery to all DECD schools located throughout South Australia. Silvan spokesperson Nicola Byrne said that her company had “formulated strong partnerships with seven nominated local Silvan Dealers to drive this initiative through to all state schools in South Australia”. The Trade Training in Schools Program

is one element of the Commonwealth Government’s ‘Education Revolution’ initiatives, which aims to improve the quality of industry recognised vocational education and training to assist in the delivery of high quality trade training in schools, thereby meeting the muchneeded skills requirement. Dealers nominated are: • GBC Motors – Renmark • Cavan Agricultural – Cavan • Curtis’s Sales & Service – Cummins • BMS – AG & Construction Tanunda • MacKay’s Auto – Waikerie • ND & JH Giles – Strathalbyn • Hages Tractors & Implements – Naracoorte.

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AUSVETPLANs for emergency Government and industry representatives attended a workshop on the issue of movement controls, organised by Animal Health Australia (AHA) and held in Melbourne as a key step in the review of Australia’s FMD response policy. Identifying and controlling the movements of livestock during an emergency animal disease outbreak such as Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) could greatly minimise the spread of infection. AUSVETPLAN is a comprehensive series of manuals that set out the various roles, responsibilities and policies to be followed by all agencies and organisations in an emergency animal disease response, which is continually updated. An outbreak of FMD would have devastating consequences for Australia’s livestock industries, food and retail sectors, the wider community and the broader economy. The objectives of the latest workshop were to gain agreement from industry and government participants on the general principles of movement controls during an emergency, and recommended quarantine and movement controls for FMDsusceptible animals and associated commodities. These recommendations will be distributed for further stakeholder consultation. A diagnosis of FMD; or even a strong suspicion of FMD anywhere in the country, will result in a national livestock ‘standstill’, which means total movement controls on all species of animal susceptible to FMD for at least 72 hours. In some instances, police may assist in implementing the standstill. State and territory governments may also impose additional movement controls over other products or equipment as part of their control area declarations. For more information visit the AHA website: www.animalhealthaustralia.com.au.

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Insurance hike rings fire alarm Farmers and regional businesses in Victoria have been hit with yet another hike in the controversial Fire Services Levy (FSL) on insurance premiums. The latest hike means for every $1000 of insurance premium a farmer pays, they must hand over another $950 to fund the state’s fire services, another $195 in GST, plus $214.50 in stamp duty to the State Government. That totals $2359.50. “Farmers are sick of paying this unfair tax, while those who don’t insure or under-insure get a free ride,” Victorian Farmers Federation President Peter Tuohey said. “It’s a tax on a tax on a tax. What’s worse is it comes on the back of a jump of more than 10% in premiums in the last 12 months. So now you’re paying an FSL of 95% on $1100 of premium. It’s a double whammy. 



“Even country Victorian households are being whacked, with their FSL jumping from 44% to 54%.
 More than 600,000 Victorian households, businesses and farms must pay the FSL to fund the CFA’s skyrocketing budget.”

 The levy was due to be phased out over 12 months from July 1 this year. On May 16 last year, Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Minister Peter Ryan said that the government was to introduce the new legislation early in 2012, with a transition period to commence on 1 July 2012, to allow insurers to phase out the FSL prior to full implementation from 1 July 2013.

 That transition meant a farmer renewing a 12-month policy on September 1 this year would only pay 10 months of FSL in the lead-up to July 1 next year, when the levy was due to be replaced with a property-based charge. 
However, the

insurance industry reported this week that it had been instructed to charge a full year’s levy on annual premiums leading up to July 1, 2013. “The VFF is seeking reassurance from the government that a staged phase-out of the FSL will still go ahead from July 1 this year,” Tuohey said.

 The Victorian budget papers show the government is forecasting earnings of $580 million from the levy on insurance premiums in 2012-13, but gives no details on the transition. Assistant treasurer Gordon Rich-Phillips has told the VFF the revenue stream was included in the budget papers as the FSL’s replacement had not yet been finalised. “If that’s the case, we’re seeking details on how the transition will occur, given it has to start on July 1 this year,” Tuohey said.

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Albury and Gladstone benefit from Toyota expansion Toyota Material Handling Australia (TMHA) has new premises in AlburyWodonga and Gladstone. The Albury branch sees TMHA establish a direct presence in the region, while the existing Gladstone branch moves to larger premises. Both moves increase TMHA’s customer support capability and confirm the company’s commitment to these regions with a full range of Toyota, BT Lift Truck and Raymond forklift products, as well as Toyota’s comprehensive Huski skid-steer loader range. Gareth Conlan, the manager of TMHA’s Albury-Wodonga branch, said service vans based at the facility cover a wide area: east to Corryong, north to Wagga Wagga, south to Euroa and west to Yarrawonga. An agent previously serviced the AlburyWodonga region. “Establishing a direct TMHA presence has many benefits for customers in the area,” Conlan said. “We can now offer dedicated field support as well as a fully equipped service facility capable of handling all forklift and skid-steer loader jobs. “Our six full-time technicians and their support staff are factory-backed and

City versus country Roy Morgan Research has released the State of the Nation Report 11, which looks at the latest Australian trends within society, technology, the environment, politics and the economy. The report focuses a spotlight on rural Australia, examining the differences between those living in the two regions. When it comes to health, a higher proportion of city residents participate in sport and exercise compared with their rural neighbours, whereas those from the country are more likely to smoke and drink alcohol. A higher proportion of people from the country were also overweight or obese, 24

Manager Gareth Conlan (centre) at TMHA’s new Albury-Wodonga branch.

trained to the highest skill levels in the industry. “Three fully equipped service vans provide scheduled on-site service and a 24/7 breakdown service.” Gladstone branch manager Steve Anderson said his service technicians cover a huge area: north to Rockhampton, south to Maryborough and west to Emerald. “The new premises offer a substantially larger workshop area and increased warehouse space for a wide range of spare

parts,” Anderson said. “The new, larger workshop area means we can bring in forklifts for any major service and our earthmoving customers can have their Toyota Huski skid-steer loaders serviced in our facility. “Toyota has had ‘men on the ground’ in Gladstone for the last five years. “The branch has its own fleet of fully equipped service vans, staffed by the best-trained forklift and Huski service technicians in the industry.”

and they generally suffered from more health problems. Business confidence is higher in the city. In the country mining is the most confident industry by a large amount. City businesses are also more likely to increase staff numbers and investment in the near future. As with business confidence, consumer confidence is also higher in the city due to a higher proportion of residents expecting good times financially in the next 12 months. Unemployment rates tend to be higher in the country, with the younger generation most likely to be unemployed in both regions. Men are more likely to be employed in both city and country. Education levels are much higher in the

city, with a greater proportion of residents holding a university degree compared with those in the country. Those in the country are more likely to live in households with one or two people than those in the city. City residents are more likely to live in larger households. When looking at country of birth, a higher proportion of country residents were born in Australia compared with those in the city. The second most prevalent racial background in the city was Asian, whereas in the country it was those born in the UK and Ireland. Financial data indicates that those in the city have higher net wealth, higher personal and household incomes, and higher home values.

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WA farmers deal with Coles The Western Australian Farmers Federation (WAFarmers) has continued its work to facilitate a better deal for farmers by meeting with representatives of Coles. WAFarmers President Dale Park said the representatives discussed the future sustainability of the Western Australian dairy and livestock industries. “It is important for retailers to be aware of the pressures that producers are experiencing within their operations,” Park said.

“After long-running discussions, it is apparent that Coles is receiving the message and looking for strategies to improve the long-term sustainability of the WA dairy and livestock industries. “We welcome Coles’ commitment that better farm gate returns are fully taken into account in cost price negotiations between Coles and its milk processors, in line with rise and fall clauses in supply contracts. According to Park, Coles has also indicated that it is eager to work co-operatively with WAFarmers in implementing the recommendations made in the Wesfarmers commissioned report titled Fresh Opportunities.

Park said this was positive news for the dairy industry. “As a result of WAFarmers lobbying, Coles recognises that the domestic market is the backbone for the WA dairy industry and it is committed to the ongoing viability of the domestic sector,” he said. “Primary producers and consumers are the most vital elements of any supply chain and in some respects, many of our concerns are very similar.” WAFarmers is committed to the longterm viability of the WA dairy and livestock industries and will be working together with Coles to encourage greater transparency through the beef, dairy and lamb supply chains.

Win a Harley buy a GEHL Apparently only two great things have come from the US state of Wisconsin – Harley motorbikes and GEHL machinery. Both have wheels, so that is a close connection. GEHL has launched a new marketing incentive to entice you to purchase a skid steer loader, articulated loader or track loader – you could also win a Harley to go with it. The specially painted Iron 833 Harley-Davidson will be given away in August, so there may be just enough time left to buy a GEHL for the farm. An extra entry is put in your favour if you finance your GEHL using Manitou Finance. For full details visit www.winaharley-GEHL.com.au

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Water course at University Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have developed an innovative technique for examining the flow of water through cracks in soil by measuring electrical resistivity. They discovered that even when cracks are visibly closed on the surface they often remain open underground. So they can now detect the exact time when underground cracks close, which will have big implications for agricultural management of water. The results could have important implications for agricultural management around the timing

and intensity of water and pesticide applications. “These soils are very fertile and provide the most productive agricultural land in Australia,” said lead author Dr AnnaKatrin Greve, a postdoctoral fellow with UNSW’s Connected Waters Initiative. “Lower water application intensity will give soil cracks time to close and more frequent irrigations could prevent the soil cracks from reforming.” These cracks provide “preferential pathways” allowing water to flow much faster than it would through non-cracked soil, rapidly transporting

Chinese ATV growing sales

ERG International), results for April show CFMoto ATVs posted their best result, with 7.8% of the national ATV market place. According to CFMoto their ATV retail sales have grown 405% in comparison to this time last year, while the CF500 base model ATV is the fifth highest selling ATV in the Australian market place. “With a 500cc liquid cooled engine, CVT transmission, HI and LOW range, front and rear disc brakes, a 2500lbs winch and more as standard, the CF500 is more bike for your buck,” said Collins. “Australians can now get a 500cc ATV for the price of a 300cc with a CF500 – and why wouldn’t you? “April also saw the introduction of the all new X8800cc ATV, which is jammed

For the past year, CFMoto of China has been one of the up-and-coming brands within Australia, with a growing dealer network and product range. The CFMoto brand consists of motorcycles, scooters and ATVs. “CFMoto has taken on the Australian market offering a vast product range that offers unbeatable value for money,” said Alan Collins, National Sales Manager CFMoto. CFMoto ATVs are the newest product introduced by the company to the Australian marketplace. According to Datamotive (previously

Gippsland flooding costs farmers The Victorian Farmers Federation is calling on the State Government to deliver $25,000 clean up and restoration grants to Gippsland’s flood-affected farmers. Properties in Gippsland have suffered damage to fencing, farm tracks, pastures and crops. “Heavy rains have destroyed crucial onfarm infrastructure which will cost farmers thousands to replace,” VFF President Peter Tuohey said. “That’s why cash grants are 26

crucial for farmers’ recovery. “The VFF urges Gippsland’s floodaffected farmers to take photos of damage to their properties following this week’s severe flooding.” Farmers are reporting considerable damage following their second flood event in less than a month. Some will have to re-sow pastures for the second time since March. “It’s heartbreaking,” VFF United Dairy Farmers of Victoria President Kerry Callow said. “People were only just recovering from the last floods.” “The VFF welcomes the Victorian

nutrients and pesticides beyond the crops’ root-zone. If the plants can’t access the water it has effectively been wasted. By sending an electrical current through the ground at different angles, the UNSW researchers can measure directional differences in current conduction, which offers clues about how water is moving through the soil. This innovative technique means that for first time they can detect the exact time when preferential sub-surface pathways close. This is important for irrigators, as water flow through non-cracked soil is far more predictable. Their findings have been accepted for publication in the journal Geoderma.

packed with features to make this the ideal workhorse for the farm, as well as an awesome recreational ride for off‐road thrill seekers.” CFMoto manufacturing is based in Hangzhou, China and manufactures more than 600,000 vehicles. In Australia, the brand is distributed by Mojo Motorcycles.

Government’s announcement of interestfree loans for Gippsland’s farmers, but grants are the most effective way to help farmers keep production going.” Callow said the VFF and the UDV would provide all the support they could in securing grants and funding necessary to make sure farmers could pull through. “The VFF has always swung into action for Victoria’s farmers in times of disaster.” Flood affected farmers with questions about government funding or grants should call the VFF on 1300 882 833 or visit www. ruralfinance.com.au

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Honda’s prize helps expand hire company Success in a Honda competition is helping South Australian equipment hire company, Barossa Valley Hire, expand its services. During the 2012 Hire and Rental Industry Association (HRIA) Convention, Honda Engines gave attendees the chance to win their choice of either a commercial hire package, or a motorbike and scooter combination in the Green and Gold Approved competition. Honda’s Green and Gold Approved program identifies products that are powered by a genuine Honda engine that has been specifically matched with the product, are built for Australian conditions and comply with Australian engineering and environmental standards. HRIA attendees who identified four or more exhibitors displaying Green and Gold Approved symbols went into the draw to win the prize. While the motorcycles were tempting,

Barossa Valley Hire opted for the garden care package of a Honda UMK425L brushcutter, an HRU196 lawnmower and an HHB25 leaf blower. The prize was valued at more than $2000 and has been put to good use in the company’s recently-opened equipment hire business on the Yorke Peninsula. Barossa Valley Hire’s Travis Burton said it was a shock to win the prize but after the initial shock wore off, he and his parents made a business decision to choose the power equipment, rather than the motorbike and scooter. “We chose the garden package because we recently opened a new branch of our hire business in the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, called YP Hire,” Burton said. Burton said his parents established Barossa Valley Hire when he was only a few months old. And now, 18 years later, it was Travis’ idea to pursue the new business venture in the Yorke Peninsula.

Ben McNamara of Valley Power Equipment presents the Honda garden care package to Travis Burton.

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Quad bike safety There is a growing concern about the safety of quad-bikes commonly used on farms. According to a recent University of Sydney Australian Centre for Agricultural Health and Safety study, quad bikes have claimed 23 lives and caused 56 injuries in one year in Australia. These statistics make them twice as dangerous as tractors. With 78% of these accidents taking place on farms and 18% involving children under 16 years of age, the study suggests that we have to look closely at risk reduction strategies around quad-bikes. All quad bike manufacturers must adhere to Australian Design Regulations and standards but some believe they have implemented better strategies. Hi-Sun believes that road testing each and every bike before it is packed for shipment improves its safety. Parklands Power Products, the Hi-Sun Australian distributor, also completes its own additional testing. Parklands CEO Ron Zacka, who has been in the industry for more than 40 years, takes the safety issue very seriously. “I keep hearing about the roll bar or Crush Protection Device (CPD) again and again, but unless you have seatbelts fitted, they are not going to offer any greater protection. And of course, quad drivers would then actually have to use them, which may actually present the bigger challenge,” Zacka said. Parklands sells the majority of its quad bikes to the farming sector through a nationwide dealer network and has frequently witnessed unsafe use of these machines. “Another big issue is that people tend to overload the bikes with fodder, equipment and materials, making them prone to tip or roll, which is the biggest danger of these otherwise reasonably safe vehicles. Add to that a little extra speed and you take a perfectly safe quad-bike into a danger zone,” said Zacka. “More and more farmers have switched to Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs), which are set out more like a car, have a broader frame, better height/width ratio 28

and are hence much more stable without compromising on capability. “These have side-by-side seating, allow for a wide range of utility attachments and have ample storage for fodder, materials, tools and equipment. Many of these come with protective frames, windshield and roof and are overall safer, even with engines of up to 800c.” Zacka said that despite warning stickers, recommendations and stringent testing as to the maximum capacity of quad bikes, unnecessary risks are created by attempting very steep slopes, overloading the quad bikes and driving them at too high speeds and often without protective gear. “We actually took our range of quads and UTVs through another test recently, getting bike and 4WD experts to push the quads to their limit at the 4WD track at Eastern Creek Speedway and on a farm near Sydney,” said Zacka. “The idea was to really test the bikes’ capacity and, despite considerable experience among the drivers and no excessive loads, we managed to tip a few.

“This just clearly reinforced to us all that when there is a speed and weight recommendation sticker on a machine, the idea is to stay below it, not to push well beyond it. Following the recommendations would make the use of quad-bikes a lot safer, safer even than roll bars and seatbelts could make them.” Parklands offers advice and supplies and fits roll protection bars to its bikes, and believes that it is crucial that the right bars for the right model are being fitted. Some bikes actually don’t have the capacity or frame to support these devices. Makeshift fitting of bars can increase the risk for drivers, as a roll-over impact could damage the bike and make such very dangerous even if wearing a seatbelt. The quad-bike safety issue seems to have two sides to it; one of manufacturers going to greater lengths to improve suspension and doing stringent capability testing, and the second of operators of quad-bikes riding them with more caution and common-sense.

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Queensland dairy farmers call for help A breakfast forum in Queensland highlighted the issues facing diary farmers, particularly those in that state. Speaking at the annual Northern Dairy Industry Situation and Outlook business breakfast forum, industry experts highlighted the results of an extensive Australia-wide survey that also examined data on a region-by-region basis. Speakers revealed that while milk production in Queensland was slowly recovering, farmgate prices in Queensland had not, with many farmers suffering a cut in farm gate prices this year and the result has been that their confidence has been at a low ebb. Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation (QDO) President Brian Tessmann said that leading up to this breakfast, QDO had also surveyed farmers across Queensland in May. He said the results showed that farm confidence had taken a major hit due to

the impacts of the milk war, which had placed extreme pressure on the rest of the value chain and had led to cuts in farm gate prices. “With these cuts many farmers in Queensland will make a loss this year. Since the supermarket price war started, Queensland has lost over 40 dairy farmers. This needs to stop,” Tessmann said. “This is despite the northern industry having several positives in its favour, including a growing local market, driven by population growth. “Nationwide there is significant regional variation in operating conditions between producers supplying the domestic market in states such as Queensland and southern producers who predominantly supply the export market. “These findings show the northern industry is in need of some decisive pricing stimulus, as well as continuing

good seasons, if we are to see any lasting restoration of production levels and much needed investment in our industry. “QDO has for some time pointed out that the domestic market does not respond satisfactorily to supply and demand pressure. So in the face of this market failure, we believe the whole milk supply chain needs to be encompassed by a mandatory code of conduct to ensure fairness in the value chain, from major supermarkets to processors, right down to farm gate.” Tessmann said the issue needed urgent attention and action from the Federal Government. “This is having a serious impact on farmers today, and in the future will also impact consumers by eroding the ability of Queensland to supply fresh milk for itself. This includes the introduction of an ombudsman to tackle unfair practices in the value chain, and a code of conduct.”

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Neospora parasite not limited to east coast A parasite linked to dogs and responsible for an estimated $30 million loss to the national cattle industry each year is present throughout Australia. A University of Sydney study has revealed that this parasite, which was believed to be active only on the east coast of Australia and passed on mainly by domestic dogs, has been found in other dog populations. The new findings, published in the latest edition of Veterinary Parasitology, show other dog populations are infected and it has important implications for vaccination development. “The research also raises crucial questions about which other domestic and native animals could be affected by the parasite,” said Dr Jan Slapeta, the lead author of the study, from the Faculty of Veterinary Science. The Neospora caninum parasite, passed from dogs to cattle, is carried in a dormant state in cows. When the cow becomes pregnant the parasite becomes active and can cause an abortion. Should the cow birth an apparently healthy female calf, the parasite can be silently passed and cause a much higher chance of aborting in its first pregnancies. Dogs become hosts after eating infected meat. “Until now abortions caused by Neospora caninum have been identified

along the eastern coast of Australia and associated with domestic dogs known to harbour the parasite,” said Dr Graeme Brown, a senior author of the study, also from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University. “What we did for the first time was look at two other dog populations from across Australia – wild dogs and remote Aboriginal community dogs (which live in varying degrees of domestication). We found that both populations have a high degree of exposure.” Two important conclusions come as a result. The first is that the range of the parasite is not confined to the east coast of Australia but extends across the country, placing more of Australia’s cattle market at risk than previously realised. Secondly, the presence of the parasite in wild dogs means Neospora caninum has a previously unrecognised ability to infect native wildlife. Its possible impact on Australian ecosystems is therefore unknown and likely to have been underestimated. “Understanding the interactions of native wildlife, the cattle industry and dog populations will help our efforts to fight this infection. Most importantly this new knowledge about its distribution and agents can underpin the development of an effective vaccine,” Dr Brown said.

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species into cropping systems can sustain or increase soil organic carbon relative to current annual cropping systems, using the CRC’s existing EverCrop farming system and long-term perennial forage trials. CRC Research Director Dr John McGrath said that the new research will test perennials’ ability to store carbon better than annuals by assessing changes in soil organic carbon throughout the root zone. “Organic carbon defines the fertility of the soil, and we know that there’s a direct relationship between the amount of carbon and nitrogen in the soil. While there has been other research on

The Future Farm Industries Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) has been granted $1 million for a muchneeded soil carbon research project starting in July 2012. This Federal Government grant is channeled through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) with other in-kind and cash contributions. The total amount available for the project is $1.9million. The three-year project will determine if introducing deep-rooted perennial 30

The Neospora caninum parasite is more widespread than first thought.

carbon in the surface zone, the CRC research will be among the first to look at changes in soil organic carbon at different depths,” said Dr McGrath. “Because so little is known about the soil carbon dynamics of these systems, the information from this project will be invaluable in allowing landholders to make more informed choices when participating in the carbon economy.” The research will be carried out at EverCrop sites in southern New South Wales, western Victoria, north-east South Australia and Western Australia. The research will concentrate on a mix of perennial grasses and shrub species.

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Ag equipment report says Asia Pacific market will increase World demand for agricultural equipment is expected to increase 6.7% per year through 2016 to $173.5 billion, according to the World Agricultural Equipment to 2016 report produced by ReportsnReports. Growth will be driven primarily by sales gains in rapidly developing nations, particularly China, Brazil and India, as these countries continue to mechanize their agricultural sectors. Population expansion and strong economic growth in these nations will put increasing pressure on their agricultural sectors to become more efficient and productive, resulting in a rise in farm machinery sales. Agricultural machinery demand in the Asia/Pacific region was more than twice that of any other region in 2011. China and India will be the primary nations fueling future market advances in this region, although other smaller markets, including Thailand and Indonesia, will also expand rapidly through 2016. In the industrialized world, North America and Western Europe will both record below-average growth in farm equipment sales through 2016. Demand will be driven by technological advances, as the efficiency gains afforded by newer equipment with more sophisticated technology will make it economically feasible for farmers to replace their machinery more frequently. Many farmers delayed replacing their older machinery during the 2008-2010 economic crisis, avoiding major purchases of new machinery because of an uncertain economic environment. As a result, 2011 was the beginning of a spike in demand for agricultural machinery as better economic conditions prompted farmers to finally replace older machines. Since the average replacement cycle is generally eight or nine years, high demand in 2011 means many farmers may not replace machinery in 2016, constraining agricultural equipment demand through the forecast period. Farm tractors, the largest product segment in 2011, represented 30% of all agricultural machinery sales. Plowing and cultivating machinery is expected to be the fastest growing product type from 2011 to 2016, expanding 9.1% per year as farmers in

developing nations purchase larger and more complex tilling equipment to increase the productivity of their land. Parts and attachments demand is projected to increase at the slowest rate, climbing 5.4% per annum through 2016 to $27.6 billion as the durability of new machinery continues to improve, limiting repair and maintenance spending. China will overtake the US as biggest manufacturer. In 2011 the United States held a slight lead over China as the largest producer of farm machinery, with industry shipments of $23.1 billion. However, the Chinese agricultural equipment manufacturing industry is expected to expand rapidly through 2016, while production growth in the United States will be more moderate. As a result, China will overtake the US to become the biggest manufacturer of farm machinery in the world, with 2016 industry shipments 70% greater than those of the US. Manufacturing output will also rise at a fast pace in Brazil and India, supported by the strong local markets and rapidly industrializing economies in these nations.

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Beating the drum for landfill More than one million drums will avoid landfill thanks to the efforts of some passionate locals from the Central Murray Region who are doing their bit for the drumMUSTER program. The Central Murray Regional Waste Management Group has processed nearly a third of all drums recycled through the program in Victoria, preventing 1234 tonnes of waste from clogging up landfills. “It’s something we’ve been promoting regularly and I’m happy to be involved,” said Karen Fazzani, Central

The Central Murray Region has 25 sites for drum deliveries.

Johne’s disease management plan The six-month transition period to the revised ovine Johne’s disease (OJD) management plan began on 1 July this year, while changes to the current OJD Prevalence Areas or the Assurance Based Credit (ABC) Scheme arrangements will not occur until 1 January 2013. “The transition phase gives producers sufficient time to put strategies in place for managing the disease and to plan for future movement and trading requirements,” Sheepmeat Council President Ian McColl said. “While the current plan continues until the end of this year, we are using the transition phase to talk to producer groups around the country. An information campaign is also underway. 32

Murray Regional Waste Management Group Executive Officer. “Councils have been really supportive in the program. In the past we’ve put ads in the paper and we have a fortnightly column that helps promote the program,” she said. “The group has managed around 25 sites for drum deliveries since starting the program back in 1999,” said drumMUSTER’s Victorian Regional Consultant John Knight. “More drums are likely to come through the region as rice farming

South Australia’s drumMUSTER will be in full force soon.

“We are encouraging producers to request a Sheep Health Statement when acquiring stock and to ensure that the animals they purchase have a higher ABC point score than their home flock. The new approach will have more of a focus on risk management, with the onus on individual buyers and sellers understanding and managing their risk.” From 1 January 2013, there will be only two areas in Australia for ovine Johne’s disease control purposes: 1. Protected Areas will be located where the disease is rare and regional activities are controlling any incursions. 2. Control Areas will encompass regions where the disease is well established, or continues to spread, or where there is no regional approach to preventing OJD.

returns to the area after the huge amount of rain he have received in the last year.” In South Australia, as the sowing season finishes, farmers will be ready to muster up their agvet chemicals for disposal. Last year in SA drumMUSTER collected more than 250,000 drums during the post-emerging spray period between June and September after a break in the broadacre sowing season. Sites are expanding their opening hours to increase flexibility for farmers. In South Australia, 2.85 million drums have been collected, steadily climbing to its three million-drum milestone. By the end of the year drumMUSTER aims to have recycled 20 million drums nationwide. Since its inception in late 1998, drumMUSTER has collected and recycled more than 19.2 million empty agvet chemical containers and transformed them into practical items such as fences and wheelie bins. This means that 1234 tonnes of waste has been diverted from landfill and recycled.

Geoff Power, President of WoolProducers Australia, said strategies for disease control and prevention in a Control Area should include biosecurity planning at the individual flock and regional level. “We strongly encourage producers in future Control Areas to vaccinate their flocks to reduce mortalities and provide protection against the disease spreading laterally,” Mr Power said. “Protected Areas will be underpinned by a group biosecurity plan. We expect these to be regions where cases are actively managed, monitoring is occurring and producers are working together to maintain the status of the area. States which have a low level of disease and have maintained a regulated response for the management of OJD will also be considered for Protected Area status.” More information is at www.ojd.com.au

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Electricity shock in store Electricity prices will jump by up to 16% following the introduction of the Federal Government’s carbon tax. Victorian power companies released their tariffs for the new financial year, shocking regional and rural communities. The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) also released its final determination on regulated retail electricity prices. In Victoria tariffs show peak power prices rising from around 30 cents per kilowatt per hour up to 35 cents as a result of the carbon tax. In Queensland increases in network charges for Ergon and Energex are estimated at 15.7% and 11.3% respectively. So a Victorian dairy farmer with an annual electricity bill of $30,000 will be slugged nearly $5000 extra per year once the cost increases take hold. “We’ve already been hit with big

increases on the back of safety upgrades following Black Saturday, smart meters and the cost of replacing an ageing distribution network,” Victorian Farmers Federation President Peter Tuohey said. “Most farmers and small regional communities don’t have access to natural gas and are heavily reliant on electricity. “This in the state which is home to some of the largest brown coal reserves in the world,” Tuohey said. Mr Tuohey said the VFF is working on a plan to minimise the impact of the latest price hike. Queensland Farmers Federation CEO Dan Galligan said the hikes being proposed would be a huge blow to Queensland’s $14-plus billion farming sector, and were a serious threat to the LNP’s plan to double food production by 2040. “The QCA determination also shows that the carbon tax is going to have a very substantial and destructive impact on the profitability of the farm sector,” said Galligan. “The QCA says the carbon tax will

increase the underlying cost of energy by 43% for small customers. While electricity bills won’t increase by that amount, it shows the underlying pressure that the carbon tax will put on electricity bills. “Industry continues to rebut the Federal Government’s assertion that farmers will be able to pass on costs down the value chain. It is a fantasy theory – farmers are price-takers, and this is a serious blow.” Mr Galligan said that the QCA had made an important acknowledgement of the value of some electricity tariffs, such as those that allow farmers to irrigate at night. Some of these tariffs, which were due to be axed, will be retained for a ‘transitional year’. “However, costs are expected to increase by as much as 20% due to the above fundamental increases. “Farmers on tariffs such as 63, 64 and larger customers on 41 and 43 will clearly be impacted negatively by these increases,” said Galligan.

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LuK designs dampen an excitable spirit Workshops should be aware that tractor torsion dampers (or powershift dampers) are a service item with a scheduled service life that requires regular replacement. Many repairers incorrectly diagnose torsion damper problems as faults with the automatic transmission, but on removal of the gearbox it becomes clear that only the torsion damper requires replacement – a job that any repairer can do. Torsion dampers are designed to reduce torsional vibration between the engine and the transmission inherent in the design of internal combustion engines. Following detailed analysis of engine crankshaft rotation, power cycle measurements and the transmission design of popular tractor brands, LuK engineers have designed application-specific torsion dampers that are either a part of the clutch disc, or mounted directly into the flywheel in the case of clutch-less transmissions. These LuK torsion dampers reduce the torque peaks eliminating excitation in the transmission. The genius of the LuK design is that the torsion damper eliminates excitation in the drivetrain under all operating conditions including engine idling, full load and during overrunning. Simple axial dampers use a series of small coil springs mounted within a clutch

disc centre that are compressed by each torque peak, smoothening the torque flow into the transmission. Using two or three different strengths of springs services the full torque output of the engine between idling and full engine output. The axial style of damper frequently has an articulation between 10 and 25 degrees. At the other end of the scale is the LuK designed Long Travel Damper that uses “arc” springs to provide exceptional damping ability under all operating conditions. This damper design is particularly suited to higher-powered engines and can have an articulation in excess of 40 degrees. “While all tractor engines fluctuate in RPM speed, our detailed testing has shown that LuK torsion dampers almost completely eliminate the fluctuations in the transmission input speed, making tractors more quiet, vibration free and more comfortable to drive,” said Brett Sage, Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket Product Specialist. “Repairers should always check the condition and service life timeframe of torsion or power shift dampers before sending customers back to dealers, and losing not only the repair work but possibly customers as a result.”

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Succession planning for farmers Succession planning expert Matthew Burgess, emotional resilience expert Dennis Hoiberg and Suncorp Bank Head of Agribusiness Greg Leahy took to the stage at Beef Week to discuss one of the most important, yet often overlooked, issues facing many families on the land succession planning. Suncorp Bank hosted the special seminar in its role as a major supporting partner of Beef Week Australia 2012. Leahy said while many farming families went to considerable lengths to plan for the future of their business, one important area that was often not adequately addressed was succession planning. “Preparing for the next generation of farmers and discussing who inherits the family farm, taking all members of the family into account, is a matter that needs careful consideration and professional advice,” Leahy said. “Factoring in issues like retirement, inheritance, future finances, children’s

Left to right. Matthew Burgess, Greg Leahy and Dennis Hoiberg were the succession planning speakers for Suncorp.

expectations and wills are just as important for the viability of the business as planning for market fluctuations and crop cycles. “Sorting out the future of the farm can be a legal, emotional and financial minefield and that’s why we organised this seminar as part of Beef Week, as an opportunity to listen to two very high calibre speakers provided advice to help navigate us through this minefield.

“Matthew Burgess, a partner within leading law firm McCullough Roberston, led an interactive session to examine the legal aspects of succession planning, including the use of trusts for family enterprises and estate planning. “Emotional resilience specialist Dennis Hoiberg outlined effective strategies to deal with the emotional challenges of leaving the farm, and planning for a future without the farm.”

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Kubota and Krone still together Kubota Tractor Australia Managing Director Mr Toshihiko Kawasaki has said that speculation about the implications of the takeover regarding Kubota’s long business releationship with Krone Germany needed clarification. “Information from Japan regarding the $276 million dollar acquisition of this Norwegian company by Kubota Corporation is still sketchy,” Mr Kawasaki said. “However, as our parent company works through the implications of the takeover

for global distribution, I can confirm Kubota Tractor Australia’s long standing relationship with Krone Germany remains solid. “Kubota Tractor Australia will continue to distribute and support this premium range of grass harvesting equipment.” The importance of the business relationship between Kubota and Krone was formally recognised with the presentation of an outstanding achievement award at Kubota’s Melbourne head office and distribution centre.

Farmers have the right to windfarms

“Three-quarters of those surveyed believed farmers were doing it tough and wind farms could provide them with a vital source of income. “And more than three-quarters of people said they supported wind power – including those living near wind farms.” Marsh said the results demonstrated that anti-wind activists were out of step with community thinking in calling for more regulation to prevent farmers doing what they wanted to on their land. The telephone survey of 1200 people was conducted by independent research company QDOS for the Clean Energy Council. One quarter of those polled were from city areas, while the other 75% lived in regional communities around wind farms. Marsh said that the results indicated that the wind industry had some work to do

to provide factual information to the community about wind farms on some issues. “No credible study has shown there is direct link between wind power and health problems, but around 20% of people felt there was a connection, with 59% rejecting the idea. A follow up question found that 83% felt concerns about the health impacts of wind turbines would turn out to be nothing to worry about. “While the genuine concerns of communities need to be addressed, this survey shows that those who oppose wind farms are a vocal minority who don’t reflect the overwhelming public support that exists for wind energy,” Marsh said.

human consumption. The new accreditation means Murdoch can offer the RESCHEK platform to other grain handling companies and farmers – a big plus for the industry, according to Dr Bong Sze How, SSML Operations Manager. “The RESCHEK platform can detect more than 150 pesticide residues in a multitude of grain types in less than 24hrs,” Dr Bong said. “Many of the tests currently used by farmers and grain handling companies can take up to a week to detect only a

handful of compounds.” SSML’s scientific director, Associate Professor Robert Trengove, said the fast turnaround, high sensitivity and low cost makes it ideal for exporters in a highly competitive market. “The rapid turnaround of our test platform means that farmers and marketers are able to target export markets quickly and effectively without facing the usual delays at the grain testing stage. This protects Western Australia’s reputation as a supplier of consistently clean, high quality grain,” said Trengove.

A comprehensive opinion poll conducted in the last five years about wind energy in Australia has found two-thirds of people believe that the right of farmers to generate income outweighs the right to a view free of wind turbines. Clean Energy Council Policy Director Russell Marsh said the polling was designed to assess perceptions of wind farms by city-dwellers as well as regional residents in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. “The majority of people surveyed agreed that wind farms bring income to farmers and local businesses, and that governments shouldn’t get in the way of this,” Marsh said.

Speedier grain test for pesticides Murdoch University’s Separation Science and Metabolomics Laboratory (SSML) was awarded the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) for an innovative multi-pesticide residue test. The test, known as RESCHEK, has been developed over the past four years with the CBH Group, Western Australia’s largest grain handling company. RESCHEK tests for pesticide residue in grains to ensure its safety for export and 36

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The award was in appreciation of the 35-year business partnership between the two companies and was presented to Mr Kawasaki by Krone’s managing director Mr Bernard Krone.

The full results are available in a report at www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au.

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Farmers’ carbon tax pain in the region of $3.2 billion A recent report in The Australian newspaper based on IBIS World research stated that farmers in Australia can expect to be hit by a massive $3.2 billion increase in annual costs thanks to the carbon tax. A study by business analysts IBIS World forecasts the new carbon tax would push down revenue for the agricultural sector next year by 6.4%, taking it from $54 billion to $50.5 billion in 2012-13. IBIS said that despite farmers being exempt from paying a direct tax on the 15% of Australia’s carbon emissions produced on-farm, the cost of running their businesses would rise by an even bigger $3.7 million from 2014. The carbon tax will immediately affect the price paid for power, fertilisers, chemicals and packaging, and from 2014 the temporary exemption from tax on transport fuel costs will be removed. IBIS predicts Australia’s 7000 dairy farmers will be the most affected by the new carbon tax because they will

be forced to pay higher prices for the electricity used in their milking sheds. IBIS has calculated production costs for the dairy industry will rise $170 million in 2012-13 and by nearly $200 million in 2014-15. This compares with an increase of $847 million in production costs for all other farming industries combined next year, rising to $1.1 billion in 2014-15. Horticulture will also be exposed to the tax through rising electricity costs. Downstream food processing industries may also pass on some of the new tax burden to farmers. According to the report, intense global competition among food manufacturers will make it difficult for them to pass on their rising costs to consumers. As a result, processors are likely to impose these extra costs back to farmers by demanding lower prices at the farm gate. IBIS calculated this additional backward pressure will push the overall cost of the new tax on the agricultural sector to $3.2

billion in 2012-13, contributing to a 6.4% fall in revenue. Once the government begins to tax farmers for the carbon emission costs of their on-road freight transport, full annual farming costs of the carbon tax are tipped to blow out to $3.7 billion a year, depressing agricultural revenues by an additional 0.8% to $49.7 billion in 2014-15. The farm sector will receive $1.7 billion assistance from the Federal Government to cope with the new carbon tax burden, mainly through the Carbon Farming Initiative and Carbon Farming Futures program, designed to encourage carbon emission reductions and storage on farm. Although these programs may help protect farm profit margins, they are unlikely to completely counter the carbon tax impact of the increase in on-road fuel costs after 2014, according to IBIS. Source: The Australian, IBIS World.

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Massive Michelin farm tyre released Michelin has launched the largest farm tyre it has ever manufactured at a UK farm show called Cereals 2012. It is a new product for the AxioBib range and it is designed specifically for high horsepower tractors. The Michelin AxioBib IF 900/60 R 42 has a diameter of 2.15 metres. This Improved Flexion (IF) flotation tyre is ideal for demanding crop-farming operations such as ploughing, where farmers and contractors are increasingly utilising larger

machines to plough fields faster. “Demanding crop farming activities such as ploughing depend largely on the ability of the tractor tyres to provide traction. Like all tyres in the AxioBib range, this new tyre benefits from operating at a low pressure and with a 16% larger footprint than an equivalent tyre made using conventional technology,” said Mike Lawton, Michelin’s Commercial Director of Agriculture. “This latest AxioBib tyre is specially designed to allow the most powerful tractors to make full use of the massive amount of engine torque available. The ability to generate superior traction means farmers save time and use less fuel, which helps to make their operations more economically viable.” AxioBib tyres are manufactured using Michelin’s patented Ultraflex technology, which allow them to carry heavy loads at a lower pressure. For example, a 6500 kg load can be carried with 0.8 bar less pressure than on tyres built using conventional technology. This lower pressure helps to reduce soil compaction and rut depth, even during heavy work, which in turn helps to preserve the land’s yield potential. On the road, AxioBib tyres can be driven at speeds of up to 65 km/h (40mph), where local speed limits permit. When fitted in place of conventional tyres they also improve driver comfort by reducing vibrations and noise.

Silver anniversary for BKT tyres This year marks the 25th anniversary of Balkrishna Industries Limited’s (BKT) foray into tyre manufacturing. BKT tyres are sold in more than 120 countries and started in 1987 serving the domestic Indian market with cross-ply tyres. By 1995 the company had introduced off-road tyres that were later introduced into Australia by Tradefaire International. By 2004 a second production site and a tyre mould facility in Northern India was opened and BKT launched ‘Agrimax’, its flagship range of radial tyres for the farming sector. In 2006 a third site was opened, allowing BKT to invest in ‘high flex’ technology to enhance the Agrimax line with the launch of Agrimax Force tyres in 2007. BKT caters to specialty segments including earthmoving, construction, 40

BKT in India is celebrating 25 years of tyre manufacturing. Tradefaire International is the company’s Australian supplier.

industrial and ATV under the Earthmax, Forestech, Multimax and Ridemax brand names. In 2008 the company was awarded the National Energy Conservation

Award by the Indian Government as it incorporates “green energy” solutions in its plants using wind power, clean water treatment and responsible disposal of waste.

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Farm Pro value tractor tyre Introducing the new Alliance Farm Pro; manufactured and launched as a new value-for-money radial tractor tyre by the Alliance Tire Company. The Alliance Farm Pro can be fitted to most two-wheel-drive, four-wheeldrive and mechanical front-wheel assist tractors. It has many unique features and benefits, including the full R-1W tread which offers extra depth for better grip in the paddock, an all-new design and most importantly an advanced lug design. The Farm Pro special design has mud breaker pads for better and more efficient self-cleaning in the field. The special lug design will also give a smoother ride, better wear, better traction and most importantly better mud clearing capabilities. The Farm Pro offers reinforced lug and bead areas, adding to the robustness of the tyre. The improved tread compound provides better wear, leading to a longer tyre life.

The Alliance Farm Pro is available in the standard tractor 80 series sizes as well as 70 series sizes for European tractors. Alliance tyres are imported and distributed throughout Australia

by Tyres4U and are distributed in Australia through an Alliance Authorised Dealer network. To find your nearest Alliance Authorised Dealer call Tyres4U on 1800 788 688.

ATT opens new warehouse in Tasmania Australian Tyre Traders (ATT) is an Australian owned company that manufactures, imports and wholesales tyres for light truck, truck, agricultural, industrial and earthmover applications. Recently, ATT has opened new warehouse and distribution facilities in Tasmania to facilitate better distribution to tyre dealers in the state. This new warehouse in Tasmania is the third stockholding facility managed by ATT. “ATT continues to display a high level of commitment to our Tasmanian customers and partners. Establishing local warehouse facilities was the next step in providing cost and time efficient solutions to back up the high quality customer service received by our clients,” said ATT Tasmania manager Matt Petersen.

“Whilst many companies are scaling back operations due to the financial downturn, our philosophy is we must focus on providing our clients with additional support to help sell to the end consumer. “This warehouse provides an excellent opportunity for Tasmanian tyre dealers to have access to over 100 of the most popular ATT product lines. “Overnight delivery service is achievable to all main centres, saving freight cost, time and resources. All of our popular truck, tractor and small industrial tyres are now available for customers in Tasmania,” he said. ATT stocks Harvest, Haulmax, MRF, Triangle, Aeolus/Henan, Techking and Double Star tyres.

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Harvesting dandelions for rubber The world’s only source of commercial natural rubber is the Brazilian rubber tree, the Hevea, which is grown in Southeast Asia. However, natural rubber supplies are becoming unstable due to industrial growth in China, India and the Soviet Bloc countries, together with a decline in production. In other words, more is needed but less is available. Extracting the rubber from the Hevea tree is unable to be mechanized and it is collected manually, which adds another degree of difficulty. Even as far back as World War II the discovery of alternatives to natural rubber was pursued. Now Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (Bridgestone Americas) has produced promising results, indicating that the Russian Dandelion may be a commercially viable, renewable source of high-quality, tyre-grade rubber. Bridgestone is one of several collaborators taking part in the Russian Dandelion project being led by PENRA – the Program for Excellence in Natural Rubber Alternatives – based at the Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. “We know that there are more than 1200 types of plants from which natural rubber could in theory be harvested, but finding one that could practically produce the quality and amount of rubber needed to meet the demands of today’s tyre market is a challenge,” said Dr. Hiroshi Mouri, President, Bridgestone Americas Center for Research and Technology. “Bridgestone continues to dedicate substantial resources to finding sustainable alternatives for the natural rubber needed

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to manufacture tyres and other high-quality rubber products, and we’re excited about this potentially game-changing discovery with the Russian Dandelion.” Bridgestone subsidiaries will conduct additional testing on Russian Dandelion-harvested natural rubber at their technical labs in Akron and Tokyo, with larger scale testing to follow in 2014. This news comes on the heels of a March 2012 announcement that outlined a project to research and develop Guayule, a shrub native in the southwestern USA and northern Mexico, as an alternative to natural rubber harvested from rubber trees. For that project, Bridgestone Americas is establishing a pilot farm and constructing a rubber process research center in the southwestern United States. Russian Dandelion and Guayule have almost identical qualities compared with natural rubber harvested from the Hevea tree.

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Inboard tyre pressure adjusters AIR CTI is an Australian-made product to inflate and deflate tyres at the push of a button from inside the cabin. The Central Tyre Inflation (CTI) system can be used with fertilizer spreaders and it works regardless of whether you drive on sand, mud, tracks or bitumen. It will help extend your tyre life while providing a safer, more comfortable ride. The system is designed to inflate and deflate tyres from inside the cabin with the vehicle still or in motion. The electronic controls used in AIR CTI are solidstate and designed typically in two zones, allowing for separate pressure control of front and rear tyres. The analogue gauge provides immediate feedback and monitoring of tyre pressures and when mounted on the dash, the driver is able to read and adjust the pressure as needed. Compact rotators are fitted to extended wheel nuts with tough nylon tyre hoses attached to the tyre valve. By using AIR CTI you control the pressure and can deflate tyres to a lower psi to get more traction when stuck or bogged. AIR CTI produce both single and dual zone systems that suit a wide variety of tractors.

Trelleborg surveys farmers on tyre development At two major agricultural exhibitions in 2011, Trelleborg Wheel Systems surveyed contractors and farmers regarding whether sustainability was a key issue in agriculture and important for future tyre development. During the Agritechnica exhibition in Germany and the SIMA exhibition in France, Trelleborg surveyed more than 300 opinion leaders. Seventy-two % said that they were interested in the topic of sustainability, and 84 % thought that lowering the environmental impact should be considered in future agricultural tyre designs. Seventy-three % believed that a tyre that reduced environmental impact could actually improve the productivity and efficiency of farms. This survey demonstrated that farmers are becoming interested in the topic of sustainable agricultural solutions, as it can often result in higher profits for the farmer and benefits for the environment, according to the marketing directer of agricultural and forestry tyres at Trelleborg, Lorenzo Ciferri. “We are gratified that this supports the substantial investments we have made in our TM Blue environmentally-friendly tyre technology and that when specifically asked about this tyre, 79% of opinion leaders loved the tyre,” he said. At the Agritechnica and SIMA exhibitions, 33% of highpowered tractors on display at Agritechnica were fitted with Trelleborg tyres and 32% at SIMA. The TM Blue concept has incorporated techniques, patents, solutions and procedures that help decrease the use of natural resources, thereby preserving nature, respecting the soil, reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Trelleborg Wheel Systems is a global supplier of tyres 44

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Norwood Agriculture a future big name for Australia New Zealand company Norwood has established a strong presence on Australian soil with a head office in Melbourne and rural agricultural equipment locations in New South Wales and Victoria. Norwood Agriculture, the Australian arm of CB Norwood New Zealand, is also a part of the Zuellig Group. This is one of the largest privately owned companies in the world with a turnover of more than $12 billion. Zuellig operates within the Asia-Pacific region in three sectors: healthcare distribution solutions and pharmacy services; agribusiness manufacturing and distribution and agricultural equipment; and materials handling equipment supply and services. As the overarching business it determines, in part, how CB Norwood operates and the word went out to Norwood in New Zealand to expand.

at Norwood’s Australian head office in metropolitan Sunshine West, Victoria. Although he has crossed the Tasman, Mr Wilkes remains as CEO of the expanded Norwood Group, which embraces both CB Norwood and Norwood Agriculture in Australia. “I had previously worked in the Australian industry during the 1980s and early ‘90s,” said Wilkes. “A fair bit has changed in farming during that time, especially in the cropping sector, but it gave me an understanding of the Australian industry and the distance and climate issues farming deals with.” Wilkes, a chartered accountant by

“Since entering the Australian market in 2009, Norwood has acquired eight agricultural dealerships across Victoria and southern NSW” Quite obviously the only easy expansion is across the Tasman, or what Australians colloquially refer to as “the ditch”. Hence, Tim Wilkes chief executive officer of Norwood finds himself working in Australia again, this time 46

trade, initially worked in Australia for Elders (then Elders IXL) and later joined Massey Ferguson in 1989, before he returned home to New Zealand in 1993 and joined Norwood. “My family background was in farming

in New Zealand and I have always held close connections with the land,” he said. Since entering the Australian market in 2009, Norwood has acquired eight agricultural dealerships across Victoria and southern NSW and is the Australian distributor for Berthoud sprayers, Bondioli PTO and gearbox drive systems and from June 2012, Keenan joins the Norwood portfolio. Just prior to Wilkes making the trip to live on the other side of “the ditch”, Norwood Agriculture extended its operations in the Riverina region of New South Wales by purchasing the Great Southern Motors group of New Holland franchised dealerships. According to Wilkes, the Wagga Wagga based business is a natural fit with Norwood’s retail strategy. “We are keen to expand our retail channel by investing in key agricultural centres and Wagga Wagga is a well-recognised service hub for the industry,” he said. “Wagga is a good example of a hub with satellite dealerships. That’s the sort of structure we want because we can then share skills and resources across a region but still maintain a local presence as we do in nearby Lockhart.”

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The new dealerships co-operate closely with the existing Norwood Swan Hill and Horsham locations to expand the company’s market share in broadacre equipment. “We have built a great team of experienced local people across our business and we are committed to delivering high standards of customer support to our customers,” said Wilkes. That’s one of the main things that he sees his company can bring to the table. “Customer support is paramount in our industry, and I guess everyone puts it up as a point of difference” he said. “For Norwood, it has always been our focus over 64 years of trading. We understand there is a finite customer base, we must earn respect and confidence to win repeat business. The customer base is not large and is declining in terms of farm consolidation.” This next step for Norwood also expands its market coverage into New South Wales for its imported range of trailed and self-propelled spray equipment from Berthoud. Wilkes says Norwood is also looking to see their BYPY Bondioli PTO and driveline agricultural parts business

expand its Ag dealer network, including working more closely with the Norwood dealerships. The Norwood Farm Machinery Centre name is used to identify exclusive New Holland franchise outlets within the Norwood Agriculture group. Norwood Agriculture also owns the separately branded Godings dealerships representing Kubota in the Melbourne and Mansfield areas, with the main Whittlesea outlet a joint Godings/ Kubota Norwood New Holland dealership. The Godings dealerships, also a pivotal component in Norwood Agriculture, remain branded as Godings. It was recognised that the Godings brand was very well known and respected in the community and industry. Given a long association with the Kubota brand, Norwood took the opportunity to retain the Godings trading name to differentiate these retail outlets from its New Holland retailing interests. The most recent agreement that Wilkes has determined was with Richard Keenan & Co of Ireland, where Norwood Agriculture will take over distribution of the Keenan range of

mixer wagons in Australia. “We are keen to build a distribution footprint in Australia. We’ve got our heads down getting the fundamentals right, getting the right people on board,” said Wilkes of Norwood Agriculture and its journey towards Australian establishment. That fits in with Keenan. “The opportunity to partner with Norwood, an emerging, exciting and new force in the agricultural machinery industry, will take Keenan into the next phase of our growth development strategy in Australia,” said Jim Greene, Keenan’s managing director. “Our independent research and

“We are keen to expand our retail channel by investing in key agricultural centres” scientifically-proven feeding technology, when partnered with Norwood, will play a major role in improving farm business profitability.” Of course this is only the start, as Norwood Agriculture has plans for the

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“We understand there is a finite customer base, we must earn respect and confidence to earn repeat business”

future tightly held, though Wilkes will not rule out expansion into states other than Victoria and New South Wales. Currently Norwood has Victoria with Godings in Whittlesea, Rockbank and Mansfield, as well as Norwood Farm Machinery Centres in Swan Hill, Wodonga and Horsham. Then there is New South Wales with Norwood in Wagga Wagga and Lockhart. “Our investment program in retail dealerships reflects Norwood’s confidence and long term commitment to the Australian rural sector. We will continue to look at opportunities to expand our retail operations under both our Norwood Farm Machinery Centre and Godings dealership brands,” said Wilkes. “But at the same time, our core business has always been as an importer/ distributor and we are looking to expand this side of our Australian business. “We have extensive machinery distribution interests in New Zealand, where we represent many leading global

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brands. Existing arrangements here mean it is not always possible to stand in both markets with the same line of products, so Keenan is a new brand for us and we are delighted they have chosen us as their distribution partner.” Norwood Agriculture will relocate the Keenan machine and parts distribution from Bendigo to its new office and distribution facilities in Sunshine, which currently includes a 1000 square metre parts facility. “Our new location in Sunshine is quite modest in comparison to our New Zealand facilities, where we operate the country’s largest agricultural parts warehouse, said Wilkes. “It’s not on the radar to build another facility and we are able to utilise our sizable retail facilities in key locations, plus a long-standing relationship with WWL Logistics, to manage our wholesale distribution requirements. We prefer to invest at the front end of the business.”

High tensile baler belt fasteners MATO Australia has added to its agricultural range of mechanical belt fasteners with the H20 High Tensile Baler Belt Fastener Series. The H20 fastener complements the popular U20 fastener, which is used on many models of round baler machines and can be fitted to any round baler belt. While the U20 fastener is installed with the vice-fixed Profi 5 or Profi 19 tool, installing the H20 fastener requires only firm flooring for vertically hammering the punch and setting the rivets. This means it is simple, quick and economical to install by a farmer, baler contractor or farm machinery dealer. The open-ended H20 installation tool is available in two sizes to suit belts up to 180mm and 350mm wide. Standard boxes of fasteners suit 175mm (7”) wide belt and are supplied with solid notched stainless steel connecting pins. Fasteners and connecting pins are also available for progressively wider belts up to 350mm. Contact MATO Australia on 1300 850 795 or visit: www.mato.com.au

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Tractor Report Harvester purchasing change flagged by TMA The end of the single desk has led to big changes in the way wheat farmers sell their product. They have become proficient grain traders and marketers in their own right. And their big investment in on-farm storage over recent years has really put them in the driver’s seat when it comes to deciding when to sell. This year, reports say, there is a real reluctance to sell while prices remain low. A large percentage of the harvest is still being held on-farm or in grain handler storage. And according to the Tractor and Machinery Association of Australia, this changing scene is having a big influence on the purchase patterns of big ticket items, especially combine harvesters. TMA executive director Richard Lewis says the emerging new order is posing

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something of a challenge for both manufacturers and dealers. “There used to be a rhythm to the year. The first payment for each pool was a large lump of the forecast price and it was made pretty well straight after harvest. “There was a dump of cash into farmers’ pockets early in the year. “That’s when they thought about ordering a new header for the following harvest. The machinery industry knew the ordering season would be on and had their programs in place. “This encouraged forward ordering and helped with production planning. “Nowadays cash flow is more evenly spread. The row of silos out the back is almost like an on-farm ATM - they just sell off a few loads whenever they need some cash,” he said. “Apart from changing cash flow patterns, I think there’s also less certainty about the final value of a harvest and that’s also leading to a delay in big purchase decisions. “It’s becoming a balancing act for dealers and importers. How much stock do you hold in the expectation of orders later in the year? “This gear has a long lead time. If you don’t have some inventory on hand, it’s very likely that you’ll miss out on sales - and farmers will miss out on new equipment for harvest. “But bringing in a lot of units without forward orders also has its dangers,” he added. “Holding costs soon mount up if predicted sales don’t occur.” Alan Kirsten of Agriview, who has been analysing TMA sales figures for many years, says the buying patterns are definitely becoming more spread out. “The wheat marketing changes have had an effect. It’s still shaking out and the next couple of years will give us a clearer picture. However, I think the industry will have to adjust to more second-half ordering activity. “The trend is showing up with combine harvesters but I expect to see deferred ordering also for other big ticket items,

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including tillage gear. The second half could be good for these categories. “We never used to think of tillage gear as a big ticket item but a wide planter and large capacity air seeder can now run to half a million dollars. “It’s with these expensive purchases that farmers are adopting a wait-and-see attitude,” Kirsten said. Another outcome of the death of the single desk had been a change in the way machinery is financed Lewis said. “A header was usually financed on annual after-harvest payments but that’s no longer the norm. Repayments now tend to be more frequent to match cash flows from grain,” said Lewis. Kirsten said tractor sales had continued to hold up well in May following a very positive start to the year. The high horsepower category was still the standout with especially strong sales in Western Australia.

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Field Days Elmore Field Days running at capacity Elmore Field Days, the annual October event held just north of Bendigo in Victoria, already appears to be at full capacity. This 49th running of the event appears to be as popular as ever: exhibitors have given a very strong response, with many repeat site bookings for the event, which will be held from 2-4 October. Elmore Field Days President David Trewick said that the organising committee has maintained a strong rural products and services focus, with potential new exhibitors demonstrating that their products and services complement the agricultural theme of the event. “This year will see the second time we have had space available in our 5800 square metre Agribusiness Pavilion, which proved to be a great success when it was officially opened and used for the first time last year,” said Trewick. “We have had strong interest from exhibitors seeking display space within our new building on the southern end of the site.

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Book your place now for... ”We also have scheduled a range of feature events which will be attractive to the rural and regional communities of north central Victoria”. For instance, Landmark will be providing a presentation on the electronic marketing of livestock and fodder in the onsite Shearing Shed. With growing concerns about livestock theft and community security, Superintendent Rick Nugent from Victoria Police will be addressing these issues and detailing the new protection program being introduced in rural areas. The traditional concentration of in-field machinery demonstrations, as well as the trials that are important to sheep and wool producers and fodder plots, will ensure that there are advances in technology and production from which all landowners can learn. “In short, with the outlook for most rural commodities looking positive and the greater part of our farming visitor catchment having experienced a good seasonal break, we are quietly confident as we look towards October” said Trewick.

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CRT FarmFest 2012 – something for everyone Home is a very important element when working on the land. So while there was a focus on the rural and agricultural industry, CRT FarmFest in Queensland, which was held in early June, recognised that more general interest products and services should be on display. For example, some of the lifestyle products and services visitors found this year included baby products, banking, clothing, furniture, home products and trade services like plumbing. As this is the Australian Year of the Farmer a dedicated stand with official merchandise promoted the event. Twice a day a friendly competition between Australian draught horses and Fergie tractors was held as a ploughing display in the Volkswagen Livestock Area Ploughing Arena. Enduro working dogs were also in action in the Volkswagen Livestock Area daily and an Enduro working dog sale was held on 6 June. The Volkswagen Led Steer & Heifer Show was another spectacle, held on 5 June also in the Volkswagen Livestock Area. It presented the Open Led Steer & Heifer Classes, School Led Steer & Heifer Classes, Junior Handler Classes, Young Judges Classes, Most Successful Livestock Exhibitor and Champion School or College.

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Rural confidence augers well for Henty field days

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As Henty Machinery Field Days (HMFD) heads towards its 50th year, it has been buoyed by rural confidence, record tractor sales and the Australian Year of the Farmer. Henty ranks as one of the largest agricultural events in the southern hemisphere. More than 800 exhibitors will feature on 1100 sites and be seen by more than 50,000 visitors over the three days of the event, which runs from 18-20 September in Henty, New South Wales. While the focus of the field days remains agricultural machinery and services, the site has expanded to encompass country lifestyle, camping and outdoors, fashion, food and livestock. Incorporated into the field day grounds is a 3.6 hectare NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) crop trial site, where visitors will be able to inspect 40 canola, 52 cereal and 26 pulse varieties. Peter Matthews, NSW DPI Technical Specialist Grain Services, said the agronomy trials give grain growers the opportunity to see the latest varieties and crop management technology. Highlights of this year’s event will include the Henty Machine of the Year, The Land Farm Inventor, and Tractor and Machinery Association Best Australian Agricultural Machine awards. There is also the popular Pedigree Working Dog trials and the Henty Natural Fibres Fashion awards. Field day visitors will have the opportunity to sample fresh gourmet food and wine at the Farm Gate Produce Market. The market successfully debuted last year, drawing about 40 paddock-to-plate exhibitors Australia-wide. “It is looking like a bumper season for winter crops and, if registrations are any indication, we are in for an exciting 2012,’’ said HMFD chairman Ross Edwards. Improvements have been undertaken on the southern side of the 89 hectare grounds, with increased exhibitor sites and improve signage in the produce market and lifestyle areas. To commemorate Henty’s 50th anniversary in 2013, memories of the event’s early days recalled by workers, volunteers and committee members have been captured in a documentary. This will be aired across the three days on a giant television screen in the heart of the field day’s site. For more details visit www.hmfd.com.au.

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Woolorama is WA’s show for 2013 Wagin Woolorama celebrated its 40th year as Western Australia’s largest regional agricultural show in 2012. Now with 2013 in its sights, the organizers have renewed passion and drive to showcase regional and rural WA once again. With more than 400 commercial exhibitor sites available, Woolorama provides the perfect stage for businesses to showcase products, services and experiences to more than 20,000 visitors that attend every year. The show has everything, from big machinery that is displayed on the oval, to products and services, outdoor exhibits, health and lifestyle, and food and wine that is displayed in the airconditioned recreation centre, to an extensive education pavilion and market section. Woolorama provides trade fair space to any business that wants to reach the rural community of Western Australia.

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After 40 years the Wagin Woolorama show is just as relevant and popular in Western Australia.

The show will be on 8-9 March 2013. Contact the Trade Fair Office on 08 9861 2242, email: tradefair@woolorama.com.au or visit: www.woolorama.com.au.

Wagin Woolorama March 8 & 9, 2013

Showcasing and celebrating rural and regional Western Australia

Promote your products and services at Western Australia's biggest regional agricultural show. Join over 400 commercial exhibitors to showcase your products and services to the 20,000 visitors who attend over two days.

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The prospectus will be out and available online at www.woolorama.com.au in September. Trade fair markets

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Early bird bookings close 31st October 2012. For more information contact Woolorama Trade Fair Coordinator Sally Thomson at tradefair@woolorama.com.au Tel: (08) 9861 2242 Or visit our website www.woolorama.com.au

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Yarra Valley’s field day on track for October In October this year it will be time for Victoria’s Yarra Valley region to shine at the Wandin-Silvan Horticultural & Farm Machinery Field Days, where the focus will be on the needs of intensive farming systems including orchards, vineyards, rubus growers and commercial nurseries. Incoming president Darren Sibley, a long time committee member for the event, is looking forward to the challenge of increasing the event’s profile

and maintaining high interest for this important local event, which runs from 12-13 October. “The event provides the perfect showcase for machinery, irrigation, farm inputs and a multitude of other items specific to specialised crops. It is the ideal opportunity for local and regional business to make direct contact with their target audience,” said Sibley. “From tractors to ride-on lawn mowers,

Wandin Silvan Horticultural & Farm Machinery Field Days The Committee would like to welcome all visitors and exhibitors to this years event on the 12th and 13th of October 2012 at Wandin East Recreation Reserve. Enquiries and New Exhibitors Welcome. Phone: 0429 428 537 info@wandinsilvanfielddays.com.au

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crop spraying equipment to chainsaws, water tanks to fertilisers, farmers from all agricultural sectors, including lifestyle farmers, hobby farmers on acreage, to anyone with an interest in nursery – all will find something of interest from one of the numerous exhibitors at the WandinSilvan Field Days. “There are few other field day events with this specific focus in Victoria, and the Wandin-Silvan Field Days commonly attracts growers not only from the local area, but those further afield across regional Victoria. The General Interest section has been a long-standing success at the field days. Of particular interest will be local regional products and demonstrations of cottage industries. The Yarra Valley Machinery Preservation Society will feature a working presentation and display of machinery from yesteryear. The addition of the Wandin-Silvan Ute Muster has gained support and will be held on 13 October. A static display and competition for ute enthusiasts, where sponsors will supply prizes for a number of different categories’ of vehicles, will also be held. The Wandin-Silvan Field Days continue as a not-for-profit event operated and run by a committee of local volunteers. Local CFA Brigades continue to play a key role in the manning of gates and parking duties, and much of the proceeds are donated directly back to them and other local community organisations. “Our committee understands the importance of farming in Victoria, and in particular that of the greater Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, and we are very proud to maintain the tradition of being able to present this major regional event,” said Sibley. Visit www.wandinsilvanfielddays.com.au.

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AUSTimber event best by world standards A total of 5200 people attended the events that comprised AUSTimber 2012 and, though the industry is suffering from depressed markets, it was not reflected in the quality of the event. Careful planning and a first-class execution enabled the event to rise above many others worldwide. “The layout of the site executed by site manager Ian Tyler reflected research from ELMIA (Swedish trade fair) and other expo sites around the world, but was able to encapsulate a wide variety of harvesting and haulage operations enhanced by the support industries at the static sites, both outdoor and indoor. “The compact nature of the site gave visitors from both within and outside of the industry an opportunity to fully appreciate just what the forest industry is about,” said AUSTimber General Manager David Quill.

Organisers received accolades from both exhibitors and attendees, perhaps best described by one exhibitor who said he had attended every Australian Demo, every Canadian Demo (except one) since 1984 and had only missed one ELMIA since 1983. He described the AUSTimber as “first class”, the site as “excellent” and said it was “the best layout that I have been to”. Although the numbers were down on the previous AUSTimber event, it was a spectacular success that capitalized on the experience of AUSTimber 2008, and certainly showcased the Green Triangle region of Australia, according to Quill. And he added that it wasn’t just the inforest site that was a success, but also all the related events. “The symposium organized by Dr Jim O’Hehir was attended by 50 people over two days. The event was an offshoot

of AUSTimber following the theme of Precision Forestry in Advance, and gave a number of international delegates the opportunity to share their knowledge,” Quill said.

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Farmers have their say By Keith Smiley

Centre pivots providing the lifeblood for the potatoes

Political shenanigans aside, Australia’s rural economy is chugging along, while our Olympic fortunes have been surprising; yet floods continue to find new areas to torment. The spirit may have been dampened but spring is in the air, as we reveal how farmers are coping with the extremes and enjoying life, just the same.

Spudding success Ken Westmore, Swan Hill, Vic On the upper side of Swan Hill at Boundary Bend, Ken Westmore takes a long look over his 3000 acres of mainly potatoes in their various stages of growth. The sun is shining and there is the noise of a loader and the sweet smell of lucerne in a paddock nearby. At 61 years of age Ken is an experienced farmer, well respected in this Murray region once known as the place of the platypus. Nowadays, Ken focuses on his potatoes, 7000 tonnes that he produces annually. His spuds are distributed in bulk with quality that is ready-made for the chip and crisp market, with keen buyers such as Smiths, Snack Brands, and Marvel frozen chips for outlets throughout Australia. 58

It appears he made a wise choice when he sold parcels of his land to an almond grower, creating an opportunity to buy more irrigation equipment, which is the lifeblood of the growing sequence. Ken suggests he has “caught the potato disease and it’s now in his blood”. The low, undulating fields are perfect for potato growing but water has to be pumped from the Murray River, ranging between three kilometres and eight kilometres to the farthest point. This is where Ken’s experience and sound strategy kicks in: pumping and irrigating potatoes with a voracious appetite for the clear liquid, a full sun, and requiring corrosive-resistant equipment.

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Ken does things at a running pace, this time testing out a new poly-lined centre pivot irrigator made by Bauer, which he bought from Swan Hill Irrigation. He plants three or four varieties in February and August, dependent upon what works best for the buyers and their customers’ cooking needs. The soil has a slight sandy component, which helps in the harvesting process because the particles drop more easily through the harvester’s shaking device than does the heavier loam. During cultivation, the spuds are de-hilled, hilled and then sprayed, with hilling shovels to cover the mighty potato to prevent it from turning green. The land is continually irrigated, with four to five pivots operating at the one time. A pivot can operate without monitoring of the potatoes for half a day, or around the clock for two to three days for the lucerne crop. Signalling provides information about the pivot’s operating status but Bauer has an add-on telecommunication device that can turn the machine or pump on or off. Looking across his farm it is easy to spot the centre pivot irrigators, sitting against the skyline ready for the next growing cycle. With large spans Ken finds it easier to leave the pivots in situ. He has nine of these centre pivot irrigators and is test-running his new polystar, a lowpressure system pivot, now corrosion resistant and employing an inner lining of polyethylene. It combines the extruded poly liner by inserting it into a standard hot-dipped galvanised span pipe. “We have a good local dealer in Swan Hill Irrigation — Ken and Leanne Lusty bend over backwards to help and they work in with me. The mark of a

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successful operation is always support. The irrigator itself has a simple control panel, so there is no need to program the thing,” said Ken. “It gets me angry if I have to call for special parts for other pivots, and the pivot is essential to my operation.” The innovative and indefatigable Ken is never short on ideas, and a real trendsetter in Victoria’s northwest. As a farmer for the past 41 years, potatoes are his passion but he also grows wheat, barley, corn and lucerne, irrigated with the pivots during crop rotation. Ken has already designed his own time-saving add-ons that only know-how can explain. The Westmores harvest potatoes in December to February and from June till October and truck them to Melbourne, one load a day for three months. The potato harvesters clean 90% of the spuds, the rest are dry cleaned in the sheds. The farm is highly mechanised and a showcase of smooth operation. Ken barely gets time to himself, he says, and his wife Bev and sons Trevor and Colin are in it for the long run – even when dad is not around, they intend to keep the place going. “I want to have a slack-attack and take a break when the time is right,” said Ken, as he runs around the paddock, putting right what went wrong. The Westmores have invested their lives in this enterprise, with initiative, endeavour and research into new product, sticking to their knitting in potatoes and recycling with dependable crops.

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Polleds ahead Jan and Bob Hamilton, Midgee Farm, Dobies Bight, NSW

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Close-knit and precision-like, the Hamiltons have staked their reputation on providing a reliable product when it comes to breeding calves, cattle and meat for the butchers. Bob Hamilton senior has steadily built-up a stud from outside bulls with good DNA for his local herd. Although skipping a generation, the family bloodlines were enough for these Hamiltons to establish their own grazing property. Seven of Jan’s uncles worked the land, and one of Bob’s uncles gave timely and invaluable advice, which enabled them to purchase their land. They believed their instincts were right. The Hamiltons initially bought 200 acres in 1984 and later purchased a further 200 acres across the creek to increase the viability of the farm. Jan and Bob decided to run Brafords, which were more suited to the area with its high rainfall and leeched soils. The Bight affords a good summer pasture and the Brafords react better to the germs, worms and difficult conditions. “We bought Brafords because they scrounge, have short coats and consequently little problems with ticks” said Jan, who comes from a long line of pioneers going back to the 1830s. “We are proud of them – they are pretty to look at with a much sleeker coat, usually bigger, and they make better mothers and have easier calving.” Midgee cattle have won many ribbons over the past 20 years and showing is always a useful marketing tool for good, as well as reliable, stock. Hamilton Brafords are inspected by a vet every step of the way, including preg-testing the cows to see if they are in calf. Without further expansion the Hamiltons cannot breed enough to satisfy demand, yet clients are buying them quality unseen due to the reliability of past cattle generations. As auctions pose an uncertainty, the Hamiltons decided to do their own style of marketing by value-adding with a feedlot and then selling steers directly to butchers.

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“We weigh the cattle for growth-for-age which tells us a lot, especially the ones to be sold to the butchers,” they said. From 1990 to 2004 during the drought it was a long period of hard work. The creek was as dry as a bone. Buying-in feed meant they didn’t have to sell breeding stock – and off-farm income in education propped them up. There are four Hamiltons, with daughter Jodie the local Lismore-Casino highway patrol sergeant and expert in police rescue and bomb disposal. Jodie’s love for the animals has been expressed in her showing of Midgee cattle and her judging over the years including at the Sydney Royal. Her brother, Bob junior, is a lieutenant colonel (ret) in the Australian Army, living in Townsville, married with three children and a veteran of the East Timor conflict. Both Jodie and Bob junior find any opportunity to hang out with their parents and have shared much of the load throughout the years. Jan and Bob were early supporters of Breedplan and Group Breedplan within the Australian Braford Society. This was an expensive exercise which required measuring and recording different qualities in their cattle, for example the weight of new born calves, and daily weight gain of calves as a measure of milk quality and quantity from the mothers. The Hamiltons also supported the national Johnes MAP. This is a fatal wasting disease, which can decimate a herd. They were required to test cattle over three years, while the vet tested

blood to ensure Johnes was not present. Fences and boundaries had to be monitored to ensure that neighbours’ untested cattle could not contaminate their herd with this very contagious disease. It is their passion that has surely been an asset to their success. Bob is the boss but Jan is very much the team player, both of them sharing the love for this even-tempered breed of cattle. Health and welfare appear to have always been a priority, and breeding towards a polled herd will ultimately breed out animals with horns. They have specific criteria to meet with their finished feedlot steers: fat cover between 5 and 12mm, carcase weight of no more than 200kg, and of course, no bruising. The current Midgee senior sires have been purchased from studs in central west and northwest NSW, selected because of their polledness and the history of polledness in their ancestry. In the near future, there will be no requirement for dehorning. Jan loves to relax with a good book – anything about espionage – but with the gardening and farm requirements and visits by school kids and days out from senior citizens in the area, her time is precious. Recently Jan travelled to South America to visit some of the huge Braford studs in Argentina and Uruguay. Bob is still chasing that little white ball around the north coast golf courses.

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Parting the dry land from the water, the Chapman kids liven up a once drought-ridden place, while Chris and Fiona have a sense of relief and pride in their children.

Cropping at heart Fiona and Chris Chapman, Hoyleton SA About an hour’s drive from the state’s capital, in the fertile plains and gentle hills near Clare, the Chapmans crop 4000 acres of red soil, and some loamy patches, stretching from Kybunga to Salter Springs. The Chapman name is known far and wide after being in the Hoyleton district for more than five generations. Chris grew up here and Fiona grew up in the Long Plains area. Although Fiona had a pre-marriage stint in Adelaide, she chose to escape the big smoke and headed back to the plains before meeting Chris. “I hated the hustle and the bustle of Adelaide, and met Chris through mutual farming friends – the usual way people meet in the country,” said Fiona. She worked for Balco Hay Exporters, the largest exporter of oaten hay to Japan, upon returning to the plains. Chris farmed with his parents, Owen and Gay, since leaving school and handles the day-to-day decisions of the farm as his parents move into retirement. Chris, nicknamed “Jumbo” since playing football, is now aged 42 and grows crops on a rotation of hay, lentils, peas, beans, and canola, while wheat and barley are their main crops. The Chapmans sell their hay to Fiona’s old haunt at Balco, 66

while the rest of the grains are marketed through the grain corporations. To grow their business they are always looking out for opportunities to improve, as was the case about six years ago when a property south of Lameroo, about three hours drive away, came onto the market. This is when they ventured into beef cattle and now run about 300 head. A few years later a neighbour wanted to sell and gave them the first option to buy. They decided to give it a go if it didn’t work out or their work-life balance got ‘out of whack’, then they would sell or lease it out. With bulls running with the cows all year round, Chris heads down there every eight to 12 weeks, to check on their cattle, mark new calves and sell those ready for market. They also employ a neighbour to check on the water and keep an eye on the cattle. It has worked well for them and provides diversity from their cropping income. The farm applies modern no-till methods, or the one-pass drill for seeding to help retain the moisture in the soil. Temperatures can rise to 45C during summer, drying the soil. They try not to burn paddocks but keep the stubble for moisture retention and to improve the overall soil composition.

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During summer they may run a few sheep or allow the neighbours to run their sheep on agistment to help break down the stubble as they eat summer weeds. With three boys aged 13, 11 and seven, their focus is on providing a good all-round education and opportunities for them. Each will go to Prince Alfred College to further their academic pursuits, although a couple of the boys have indicated they’d like to come back onto the farm. It may be too soon to realise their aspirations, but their parents believe this fifth generation should attend the school of their forebears. “They get to meet kids from all over the state, so that in the future they will have good networks as well as a useful education,” said Fiona. The boys help out around the farm and love the life. Mum and dad drive the sporty kids to basketball, cricket, football and hockey – hardly an answer to how they relax. “It’s a short time in our lives seeing the kids grow up, but an important one for us,” said Fiona. They do, however, manage a family holiday or two each year to unwind. Both Fiona and Chris are easygoing types, transferring this to the children who seem to have similar natures. Blink once and you’ll miss the town of Hoyleton off the beaten track. The pub recently closed down, a tin shed is the post office and the town doesn’t have any services. Clare to the north and Balaklava to the south have supermarkets and other

amenities, so that’s where most of the shopping is done. The Hoyleton experience is one of diversification and spreading of risk, dependent, as Fiona points out, on the global situation. While she is not an analyst in these matters, Chris keeps a watchful eye on trends, alongside the grain marketers who keep a constant vigil. With farming prices being dependent on the weather and the global markets, having diversity is a way to ensure that the best is made of each year.

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The various hats of management The players and the actions needed for above average management in rural industries Peter Cox, Bachelor Fin Admin, CPA, MNIA, AICM Above average management?

Yes, it is possible to be better than you have been over the last few years. You can improve your skills as a manager of a rural operation and exceed those average managers who get the job done but always appear a bit run down, and whose enjoyment in the job and the industry was lost years ago. It is evident to the writer after two decades in training and consulting to the rural industry in Australia that there are four distinct roles of management necessary for a rural business to continue to grow and develop over the years. If one of these roles is forgotten or underutilised, mismanagement occurs. The four roles are easy to understand but require a continued effort by management and owners to ensure good performance in all areas. The producer – production (P)

Profitability and job satisfaction are two key items that most rural operators aim for. In the long run it is profitability that the business depends on for business survival. Producing results involves setting specific goals then developing strategies to achieve these goals. Increasing sales, for example could involve increasing customer traffic, increasing average sales size and increasing repeat visits by customers. You may set a sales or income increase of 20% but this will not be achieved unless you set out clearly how are you going to get more customers to buy from your business. How are you going to get them to spend more while they are in the operation? How you are going to develop 68

customer loyalty so that your customers return to generate more sales? The producer is sales orientated. Being sales orientated, the producer finds their day very full as they are constantly working to produce sales or handling daily tasks concerned with sales. The producer tries to be effective at everything. I would suggest that most owners and managers in rural businesses are producers. Effective administration – the administrator (A)

Individuals may be able to produce results, but the operation will not be as productive as it could be unless effective administration is established. The administrator is the systems component of effective management. Good managers involve themselves in establishing systems and supervising staff so that policies and procedures are followed rather than trying to do everything themselves. Routine repetitive tasks such as cleaning and stocking shelves should be handled by staff members, allowing the manager more time to concentrate on their correct role of management. Another side of effective management is the collection of key management facts and development of a monthly reporting system so that management is aware how well the business is performing financially. Monthly reporting of actual results to industry benchmarks and budget is essential if the business is to achieve the financial goals set. With the first two components of management, production and

administration, under control, most operations will survive. At least in the short run. It is the next two components of management that have the most dramatic effect on the overall outcome of the business. For without proper integration and some entrepreneurial foresight the business is doomed to a slow death. Business integration – the integrator (I)

Business integration involves team building and delegation. Individuals should be made dispensable, even the manager or owner, so that risk is minimised from the loss of a team member. Team building is vitally important because many customers fail to return to a business where staff attitude is poor – research has indicated that staff attitude is directly dependent on management attitude. Positive leadership and attitude from management are essential, along with clearly defined job descriptions and responsibilities. Regular communication from management, such as results achieved, is a key component to building an effective team, as it allows staff the chance for feedback and lets staff members know what management expects of them. Integration is really the people component of management. It is the component that deals with the development of the new training program, handling the staff problems, developing and managing the staff appraisal process, and ultimately involves self-development for the manager and owner.

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Entrepreneurial development – the entrepreneur (E)

Peter Cox has earned a reputation for successfully analyzing the activities of many businesses, particularly with regard to inventory control, margins, financial management and setting them on the path to profitability.

Being able to adapt to change and bring new ideas and products into your For the last 15 years he has assisted companies throughout Australia business is a vitally important component and New Zealand to establish and maintain the financial control of their of management. It involves what is businesses. He has special interest in and knowledge of the rural sector. happening in your marketplace and the adoption of good ideas by your business. Peter Cox’s expertise is bottom-line profitability management in business, If you were not to adapt to change backed by industry performance statistics and benchmarks. you would soon find yourself moving backwards as the rest of the world moves He is a highly regarded speaker and author, and has written for publications ahead into the future. including Inside Australian Hardware, NZ Pharmacy Journal and REX In-Flight The entrepreneurial manager will read magazine. industry magazines such as Australasian Farmers’ & Dealers’ Journal and be upwww.petermcox.com.au. to-date with new products and services available for their customers. They visit time. It is the time taken when you step other successful operations and observe give yourself 10 out of 10 for production away from the business long enough to and learn from them. The entrepreneur is or administration or team building or objectively look at where the industry and continually looking beyond the four walls entrepreneurial development? If you find market is going, to look at the systems of the business in order to grasp new ideas you are stronger in one area than other, that you have for administration and and techniques, so that they can not only then the lower numbers provide you with the possible improvements that could be increase their profit but also make their an indicator of the required areas of made. It’s the time when you look at new own job a little easier. attention. Which of your management ways to produce more sales and profit. The entrepreneurial component of hats need more attention? Where is your How do you rank in these areas? Can you management is your idea and planning time going now as manager? CJ Pearce:Layout 1 14/03/2012 4:20 PM Page 1

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Engineering in agriculture report The National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA), which is operating as a research centre within the University of Southern Queensland, has released its annual report for 2011. The centre was established at the Toowoomba campus of USQ more than 15 years ago, with over 20 engineers and scientists who are expert in adapting engineering technology to agriculture. They are involved in research into irrigation and water supply, groundwater hydrology, soil and environmental science, and sustainable energy management, which are all associated with long-term food security. Last year it was awarded more than $2.4 million in grants and consultancy funding for 35 active projects. NCEA Director Erik Schmidt said the need to increase food production, coal seam gas and mining projects in cropping areas, and the need to reduce energy use and costs, had increased demand for the NCEA’s expertise. “The issue of food security and sustainable agriculture is becoming more important and a key focus has been in developing precision farming systems and new technologies to improve cropping and animal production,” Schmidt said. “Sustainable energy management in agriculture is also critical and the NCEA is collaborating with a range of industries in improved energy use, renewable energy options, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. “We are also growing our capabilities in ground water hydrology and soil and environmental science.” The NCEA has delivered applied engineering research, training and commercialisation outcomes to many industry groups including the cotton, sugar, grains, horticulture, nursery, dairy, turf, meat and livestock industries. Significant new areas for NCEA research are in sustainable soils research, and in the geo hydrological impacts of coal seam gas operations. Key community concerns are the impact of water extraction from the coal seam beds on long-term water supplies, the potential for inter-aquifer leakage and the

impacts on water quality. The NCEA’s annual report shows the organisation’s diverse research capability within a short list of project areas, which involved staff during 2011. These include: • storage dam evaporation and seepage management; • impacts of coal seam gas water on agricultural soils and infrastructure; • environmental and waste management for animal production and processing; • improved irrigation management systems;

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What’s new in Finance Employing a new business model for long term sustainability More Queensland farmers are adopting new corporate business models to secure long-term sustainability and growth, according to BDO agribusiness experts. BDO partner David Krause said Queensland’s agricultural industry was starting to think “non-traditionally” when it came to planning for long-term success. “More family-run businesses within the agricultural sector are beginning to apply strategic corporate models to remain sustainable and profitable long-term,” said Krause. “This non-traditional way of doing business is a direct result of an industry coming to terms with ageing farmers, property prices and the ability to fund further development of their existing properties, driving the need for different business models in order to stay competitive well into the future.” Mr Krause said business owners were beginning to think innovatively about using existing capital to get the most out of their agricultural operations. “Increasingly, companies are looking to innovative ways to redistribute their existing capital in order to expand their agricultural operations,” said Krause. “We have seen a number of opportunities in the market where family-owned agricultural businesses are entering into sale and leaseback arrangements of land and water assets to fund production assets, such as cattle or orchards.

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“This is an example of using the sale of an asset, the property, to fund the growth of the core operations and income-producing assets, such as cattle, while still maintaining control of the property assets. “The innovative operators understand the differences in the assets classes and how extracting the value of one asset class can be used to maximise returns for their enterprise as a whole. “Another option is for multiple farms to consolidate their land, attracting much bigger investors from both here in Australia and overseas,” he said. BDO Executive Director and international business specialist Cameron MacMillan said while corporatisation was beginning to gain momentum, there were still reservations within the industry about “selling off” a business that had been familyowned for generations. “There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding the notion of foreign investment,” MacMillan said. “It’s not about selling off pieces of the family business – it’s about managing assets in an innovative way so their value can then be injected back into the day-to-day operations of the business.” MacMillan said the future of Queensland’s agricultural industry depended on business owners looking to alternative models to secure a sustainable future. “Foreign investment will almost certainly play a role in securing the future of Queensland’s agricultural industry,” he said. “With the Queensland Government forecasting the value of Queensland’s primary industry commodities to be more than $14.5 billion for 2011-12, smart decisions made today will be crucial in sustaining the strength of the industry for generations to come.” Information courtesy of BDO www.bdo.com.au. BDO offers a wide range of business and corporate advisory services to large corporate organisations, government & public sector entities, private businesses, entrepreneurs, and individual clients across a wide range of industry sectors.

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What’s new in Machinery - Products JCB Fastrac’s WA farmer’s work Operator comfort and a high road speed make the JCB Fastrac the one of the best spraying tractors on the market, according to Western Australian farmer Charlie Dellavedova. Dellavedova, who operates a 120 hectare (25,000 acre) property at Narembeen with his wife, Tammy, and sons, Jay and Kyle, has been a supporter of the JCB Fastrac tractors for the past 12 years. Over the years, the Dellavedovas have developed a good relationship with their local JCB Construction Equipment Australia dealer, Ag Implements Merredin (AIM). Earlier this year, Charlie talked with local salesman Matt Dickinson about upgrading the four-year-old 8250 Series II Fastrac to a new JCB 8310 Fastrac. The JCB 8310 was launched last year and offers increased power and torque along with other features and improvements. The JCB 8310 Fastrac’s new Sisu Stage IIIB/Tier4i, 8.4-litre engine has upgraded power to 228 kilowatts (306 horsepower) and torque has been raised by 15% to 1310Nm to enable farmers to work with larger implements. The Sisu engines, which have replaced the original Cummins engine, feature high efficiency combustion with after-treatment limited to Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), which avoids the need for particulate filters but requires exhaust treatment additives. The engine is more efficient and runs a lot cooler than other brands that use an Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system. “The hydraulics have been improved, there is more room in the cab and better visibility, and it is a lot quieter,’’ said Dellavedova. The Dellavedova’s JCB Fastrac tractor clocks up 500 hours a year and is used for spraying and spreading. “We mainly use the tractor to pull a 74

Kyle Dellavedova, Narembeen, WA, with the family’s new JCB 8310 Fastrac tractor.

160-foot, 10,000L Sonic boomspray and it also tows an 8-tonne spreader at around 30 kilometres per hour,’’ said Dellavedova. He said the JCB Fastrac had faster in-field operating speeds than a conventional tractor and could travel at up to 70 kilometres per hour on the road. “As our other farm is 16 kilometres away, the high road speed makes our operation a lot more efficient. We have to chase water back and forwards between farms for spraying.” The JCB Fastrac is a heavy-duty tractor with full front and rear suspension, which ensures an unparalleled ride, comfort and traction. The unique full suspension system cushions every bump, while the cab is mounted toward the middle of the tractor to reduce the effect of any jolts. “We sometimes spray across workings and the suspension ensures the ride is smooth and that the driver is still

comfortable driving across rough terrain,” said Dellavedova “If I was driving a rigid framed tractor, I wouldn’t be able to do the spraying as it would be too hard on my body. “The suspension also helps reduce the jarring of the machine you are towing, which creates less wear and tear on it.’’ The JCB 8310 has a large, spacious cab with two full size seats, and features an intuitive colour touch screen and ergonomic seat-mounted controls which manage the transmission, Headland Turn Assist (HTA) and cruise modes. The JCB 8310 Fastrac is significantly quieter than its predecessor, with a 5dBA reduction in in-cab noise levels to 68.7dBA, among the lowest in the industry. For more information call 1300 JCB CEA.

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New Mahindra compact tractors The launch of the new Mahindra 4035 4WD PST and 5035 4WD PST compact tractors complement the 5035 50HP 4WD Synchro Shuttle and recently released 4035 40HP 4WD Synchro Shuttle tractors in the 35 series range. The PowerShuttle eliminates the need to use the clutch between forward and reverse operations of the tractor, great for constant direction changes like material handling with loader. Now the Mahindra compact range has a 2.5 tonne axle rating on the front axle. With large front wheel equipment standard and superior safe working loads on the loaders, this makes for a great multipurpose tractor well suited to loader applications. The 4035 4WD Synchro and PowerShuttle feature 650kg safe working load on the loader, and the 5035 4WD Synchro and PowerShuttle has 700kg safe working load. All models feature quick-hitch buckets for swapping quickly to hay spikes, pallet forks and 4-in-1 buckets, and have self-levelling loaders. “This is a serious, hardworking compact tractor designed specifically for those tough jobs. With all steel construction,

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Manitou new RT series loaders GEHL, a part of the Manitou Group, has release the new RT Series Tracked Loaders, the RT175 and RT210. The HydraTracTM, a GEHL patented automatic track tensioning system, provides the ideal tension for the track system: it saves time and avoids premature wear and tear of the tracks. The 5x5 Drive Control System, an electro-hydraulic system, gives the operator the option to choose from five drivability settings (joystick sensitivity, position reaction, engine response, anti-stall and pump swash plate position) to provide an active system that matches application and operator preferences.

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Massey Ferguson MF7600 Series released With the launch of the completely new MF7600 Series, Massey Ferguson has introduced four high power, lightweight and versatile tractors. They combine well-proven, award-winning technology with the latest fuel-efficient engines, along with additional operator comfort and control. The MF7600 Series can be specified with either the Dyna-6 Eco semi-powershift transmission or the DynaVT continuously variable transmission. All are equipped with the latest AGCO SISU POWER e3 engines with Generation 2 Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). These provide maximum power of 185hp to 235hp, as well as Power Management. Massey Ferguson pioneered the use of SCR systems in agriculture, and now the new MF7600 Series tractors benefit from the very latest Generation 2 e3 technology. This technology, employed by AGCO SISU POWER engines, has already proven to significantly reduce fuel consumption. Already well-proven on MF8600 Series tractors, the Generation 2 SCR system uses an advanced Diesel Oxidation Catalyser (DOC), which includes the AdBlue dosing injector nozzle and fits neatly under the bonnet. Four new models range from 185hp to 235hp (ISO max). They are lightweight and versatile – for all applications from cultivations and crop establishment through to top work and haulage. On Dyna-6 models, Power Management now automatically boosts power by up to 25hp for field and transport work. This provides higher output for a range of applications when conditions allow, taking account of PTO operation, travel speed and load. The MF7600 Series can be equipped with either the well-proven Dyna6 semipowershift or the Dyna-VT continuously variable transmissions. 76

Dyna-VT provides precise control of the forward speed, while minimising the engine rpm, which ensures the tractor always operates with optimum economy and efficiency. This is enhanced by the Dynamic Tractor Management (DTM) system, which automatically adjusts the engine speed according to load. Dyna-6 ECO is a proven transmission that offers completely clutch-less operation via the left-hand Power Control or right-hand Command Control Armrest levers. This provides a total of 24 speeds, with six Dynashift (powershift) steps in four gears. The ECO feature allows the top speed to be achieved at lower revs, which also reduces engine noise and fuel consumption. AutoDrive is an output-boosting standard feature that provides greater levels of gear changing automation to increase work rates and cut fuel consumption. A completely redesigned cab for the MF7600 increases visibility, provides more interior space and enhances comfort. Users can choose from three specification levels and new control options to match their requirements. All new MF7600 Series tractors benefit from a new cab structure that features a new curved front windscreen, increased visibility plus a new roof with two new adjustable lights on each corner.

Inside, a new slim dash and instrument panel improves forward visibility. This also moves with the steering wheel as it tilts and telescopes in and out to match driver requirements. Comfort is enhanced by a choice of cab suspension. The first level is a straightforward mechanical system that employs coil springs and dampers. For those looking for an even smoother ride there’s the hydraulic OptiRide Plus, which enables the operator to adjust the ride comfort level. Massey Ferguson is introducing a range of new Command Control Armrests, which are available with different multi-function joysticks. The level of functions they offer matches the model specifications. The new Multipad joystick is standard on top specification tractors. This mounts at the front of the Command Control Armrest and has a thumb button shuttle control as well as operating a range of other functions. Also new on the top two models is the option of a Multi-function joystick, which includes forward/reverse shuttle and gear shift buttons, and also provides hydraulic controls. The MF7600 Series comes with a high level of automation as standard, including the Integrated Tractor Control System (ITCS), which provides electronic spool valve management and wheel slip control as well as many other automatic features. The Datatronic Control Centre Display can be fitted as standard on top models and is an option on others. All MF7600 Series tractors come ready to be fitted with the AGCOMMAND telemetrybased machine management system. In addition, AutoGuide offers integral full auto-steering capability and this can be supplied either as a factory-fit option or retro-fitted. For more information visit: www.masseyferguson.com.au.

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New Compact Evolution from Goldacres One of Goldacres best selling broadacre sprayers, the trailing Compact Evolution, has been redesigned, with a range of improvements adding to the machine’s strength and usability. The new Compact Evolution is available in 1200, 1500, 2000 or 2500 litre tank sizes with a manual folding boom (6m to 12m options), and 1500, 2000 and 2500 litres with a Delta hydraulic lift and folding boom (12m to 21m). “Typically the Compact Evolution range has been used by croppers and pasture growers including dairy and cattle farmers,” said Goldacre’s Stephen Richards. The chassis of the new Compact Evolution has been lengthened to improve travel characteristics and allow users more access to the side modules. The boom suspension and folding structure has been redesigned, providing

a more refined integration with the main tank. Its boom wing has also been revised, with it now folding more closely into the unit for improved travel width. The Delta boom has had the main section strengthened, adding durability, while boom cylinder adjusters have been fitted. “We’ve also taken steps to improve usability for farmers, such as increasing the size of the main flush tank from 45 to

100 litres and repositioning it behind the main tank. Importantly, we’ve also integrated a new 23-litre hand wash tank with a soap dispenser for added user protection,” said Richards. “Farmers will also notice improved boom performance as a result of fitting increased size paralift cylinders which deliver faster lifting times.” Other developments include a new hand rail and larger work platform, new boom rests that have been strengthened and gusseting, which lowers the height of the boom cradle while adding to durability and eliminating catch points. The new Compact Evolution is fitted with a Udor 140 pto driven pump and comes equipped with hydraulic hose containment as found on Goldacres’ range of large trailed boomsprays. For more information call 03 5342 6325 or visit: www.goldacres.com.au.

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Clutchless Power Shuttle at dry-clutch price The new TYM 903 model is designed for performance, productivity, comfort and value for money. From the Perkins Powerplant to the Power Shuttle, which is ideal for front-end loader work, the new TYM 903 and 1003 models offer a great package. The TYM 903 comes with a large flat platform air-conditioned cabin, radio/ CD player, roof hatch and integrated front-end loader joystick. Operator-friendly features include buttons controlling PTO and 4WD functions, hi-back seat with adjustable suspension and power shuttle. The TYM 903 is powered by the latest Green Tier-III 4-Cylinder 4400cc Perkins diesel engine producing 91 horsepower. Power Shuttle transmission comes standard, with three mechanical range ratios, all synchronised to the four-speed box, giving speeds from 1.1 to 40 km/h at rated engine revs. The separate shuttle-lever duplicates all speeds in forward and reverse, ideal for

loader work and headland manoeuvring. The creeper provides speeds as low as 0.4 km/h. The TYM 1003 (100 hp) has a versatile 3-speed PTO providing 540 rpm in economy mode, which maintains PTO speed at 25% lower engine revs: when less power is required, saving 15 per cent on fuel and creating a quieter, more relaxed, driving environment.

The TYM 1003 offers Powershift change-on-the-go and a Bosch 3-point linkage precision control system as standard. All TYM tractors come with a 3-year/2000 hour warranty plan. Inlon is the Australian distributor for TYM tractors. For more information visit: www.tym-tractors.com.au.

Toro tough WheelMaster The Toro WheelMaster 320-D is specifically designed for tough Australian conditions. “Contractors and hire companies have embraced this handy machine for digging, hauling, planting and building in any environment or challenging conditions,” said Semco’s Graham Murphy. “The WheelMaster is user-friendly for operators of all experience levels, making it an ideal proposition for rental companies. For contractors using the equipment every day, the non-skid foot platform, foam rubber covered hand grips and rubber valve control knobs ensure operator comfort throughout a long working day,” he said. It has effortless zero-turn manoeuvrability regardless of a wet or dry terrain as each wheel is individually controlled by four-wheel-drive hydraulic traction. Its high power-to-weight ratio means the operator can get jobs done faster. “The WheelMaster is an incredibly versatile machine. Attachments such as a high-speed trencher, leveller, soil cultivator and cement mixer can easily be interchanged to perform a wide variety of functions,” said Murphy. “Attachments have been specifically designed to operate with the WheelMaster, unlike generic ‘bolt-ons’ which are frequently used by many other brands.” A fuel-efficient liquid-cooled Kubota Super-Mini diesel series engine powers the WheelMaster. For more information call 02 9833 6000 or visit: www.semcogroup.com.au. 78

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What’s new in Products General Equipment Cut, chip and shred with Parklander Damaged and broken branches are dangerous and need to be cut down. Having the right equipment is essential to make the job easy and trouble-free. One of the handiest tools is a pole saw, which can take the hard work out of the task. The Tanaka TPS-270S distributed by Parklands is one of the best. With a 27cc two-stoke engine and a potential reach of 270cm it allows you to access hard-to-reach branches and cut them down to size. With the chainsaw attachment it can easily cut branches up to eight inches thick, and there is also a hedge trimmer attachment available. So what do you do with those branches after you’ve cut them down – chip them up with a Parklander Chipper Shredder. The new PSC-76-B chipper/shredder has a 6hp Briggs and Stratton engine, a three-inch diameter chipping chute that gives you room to dispose of substantial sized branches and the pneumatic tyres makes it easy to move it around. For more information visit: www.parklands.net or call 1800 671 417.

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New range of pneumatic valves from Parker Hannifin Parker Hannifin Australia has a new range of value engineered pneumatic directional control valves – the Viking Lite range. Designed to deliver high performance combined with reasonable cost, the Viking Lite range is suitable for a wide range of industrial applications. The all-new Viking Lite series is a pneumatic directional control valve that offers high performance and long life at a cost effective price. The range can be specified in three different port sizes – G1/8, G1/4 and G3/8 – and offers compact installation dimensions especially beneficial for space-critical applications. The Viking Lite range features Parkers dynamic bi-directional spool seals. Suitable for pressures up to 10 bar in ambient temperatures of -10 °C to + 50 °C, under-pressure radial expansion of the seal occurs to maintain sealing contact with the valve bore. In turn this reduces friction, giving lower pilot pressures, which also provides fast response and less wear. Delivering more than 10 million operating cycles, Viking Lite offers short change over times and low change over pressure. This means that general maintenance and service time can be considerably reduced. Manufactured from anodized aluminium, the valves have good corrosion resistance in a smooth design, eliminating dirtcollecting pockets. Optimised to comply with the requirements for component reliability in accordance with the EU machinery directive standards EN292-2 and EN983, Viking Lite is designed for use with or without supplementary lubrication. In addition to single valve installation, Viking Lite gives customers the flexibility to install onto manifolds so that there is a common supply and manifold exhausts. The manifold bar option has common ducts for ports 1, 3 and 5, which give simple time saving, easy service and installation. If a customer wants to specify a pressure bar installation this is also available.

With a pressure bar restrictor silencers can be installed in the exhaust ports of each valve. This delivers individual adjustment of cylinders/air motor speeds. Manifold bars are available in different sizes, with space for between 2 and 14 valves and pressure bar for two to 10 valves. Viking Lite models are designated as P2LAZ (G1/8 ports), P2LBZ (G1/4 ports) and P2LCZ (G3/8 ports). Contact Parker Hannifin Australia Pty Ltd on (02) 9842 5150 or visit: www.parker.com.

UNI-HUB bearing technology for the paddock UNI-HUB is a new way of getting your agricultural machines rolling with 21st century bearing technology for the paddock. There are no fiddly adjustments required, just slip it on and do it up tight. It’s that easy. The experts at the Universal Bearing Company make the UNI-HUB available with a factory preset for running clearances so you don’t have to worry about it. The same technology that has been developed for use in cars and trucks was the logical choice for this new design. UNI-HUB saves money, time, improves reliability and strength as well as providing a long trouble free life – so it ticks all the boxes. 80

In response to customer feedback the company is expanding its range of hub and stub axle combinations, which are currently available from 500kg to 10000kg per wheel. If the UNI-HUB you need is not covered in Universal Bearing’s standard series, the company is happy to review the range. UNI-HUB is distributed by the Universal Bearing Company. Call our NSW location on 02 9756 2228, Victoria on 039792 9099 or visit: www.universalbearings.com.au.

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Domosystem moisture meters Domosystem has three moisture meters allowing for the measurement of water content and the temperature of turf, straw, hay, compost, sand and substrate. They feature an external probe and are additions to the Humitest range. Measuring water content and temperature helps with decisions regarding: • choosing harvest time, • monitoring the drying process, • checking storage conditions, • determine the price, • optimizing transformation and valorisation processes. Monitoring also contributes to improving yield. On-site moisture meters are ideal for turf, straw, cellulose, compost but in order to be able to measure moisture content precisely, three parameters are significant: • the representativeness of the sample,

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the reliability of the instrument used for measuring, the compliance of the operational mode by the person who measures. The three new moisture meters marketed by Domosystem are calibrated according to the oven dry method and are designed for instant and reliable measurements. They are fitted with an external probe which is 0.6 meter/1 meter long, and allow for the measurement of water content and temperature in • straw and hay, • cellulose, sand, compost and substrates • turf The user inserts the probe in the bale or matter to be measured and selects one of the calibrations corresponding to the measured material. Precise moisture content and temperature are displayed instantly.

Chainsaw not chain sore It’s hard work without a chainsaw, whether you’re felling a tree or chopping up wood, so the PSW-5800 chainsaw from Parklands Power Products is a good all-rounder to help you out. A powerful 2.5kw 54 cc Parklander two-stroke engine with heavy-duty air filter and a standard 50cm bar gives the chainsaw power to cut cleanly through branches and trunks. This will leave you with a professional and presentable finish but won’t tire you out, as it is just 5.9kg. Many products distributed by Parklands, including this chainsaw, feature e-start for effortless start, and once you are going the spring and rubber shock absorption system transmits very low vibration. For easy storage and transport you get a free carry case, and to give you piece of mind when making a purchasing decision this chainsaw also comes with a 1-year warranty and has a recommended retail price of $499.00 For more information visit: www.parklands.net or call 1800 671 417.

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Parker Compact Spiral Hose – less but more ENZED has introduced a very compact high-pressure spiral hose, which has a bend radius 50% smaller than its conventional equivalent. Manufactured to strict ISO 18752DC specifications, Parker’s Compact Spiral Hose in 5000psi and 6000psi specifications offers significant advantages in ease of installation, product size and weight, inventory savings and more. Boasting half the bend radius of its SAE spiral hose equivalent, Compact Spiral can reduce the total amount of hose required from 20 to 55%. Compact Spiral also features an Outside Diameter (OD) that is nearly 30% smaller than conventional spiral hose, resulting in one-third less physical effort in bending and routing. Its smaller OD also enables more hose to be fitted into tight quarters and allows for an increase in internal hose size if required for better flow characteristics. Due to its compact design it weighs 25% less than conventional spiral hose, offering significant savings in shipping and packaging costs and improved fuel consumption in mobile equipment. Compact Spiral is tested to 2,000,000 impulse cycles - two times the ISO

18752-DC impulse cycle standard and four times the SAE impulse requirement – greatly extending service times between replacements. Parker’s highly abrasion-resistant Tough Cover will outlast non-abrasion resistant covers and is designed to deliver long, dependable service life in rigorous and/ or remote installations. Total hose inventory can also be reduced by more than 60% in applications where 5000psi and 6000psi requirements are presently covered by up to three SAE conventional hose types. Compact Spiral simplifies this process 787TC covers all 5000psi applications and 797TC meets all 6000psi hose requirements. Having one hose with two clearly defined pressure ratings eliminates any confusion. Hose connection fitting selection is also streamlined, as Parker’s 77 Series of hose ends covers all sizes of Compact Spiral 787TC and 797TC hose. This simplifies fitting selection when making assemblies and reduces hose fitting inventory by 50%. The crimping operation is also simplified and the chance of mismatched hoses and fittings is eliminated. Compact Spiral Hose features Parker’s

exclusive Interlock No-Skive design, with both internal and external Bite the Wire technology for assured connection strength and sealing. Parker’s unique inner tube compound also provides enhanced fluid compatibility, reducing the need for specialty hoses to suit non-standard fluids. “The Compact Spiral Hose is the most significant advancement in hydraulic hose since the introduction of Parker’s No-Skive connection technology more than 25 years ago,” said Parker Hannifin Group product manager Domenic Gerace. “It delivers substantial performance and value for money systems with high pressure, high impulse applications. These can include injection moulding, oil and gas, and large mobile equipment including off-highway, construction, forestry and mining. “Customer surveys in these markets indicate that pressure rating, routing ease, abrasion resistance, bend radius and weight are top priorities in hose selection for these applications. “Compact Spiral Hose sets new industry standards in all of those criteria, so ENZED customers can be confident that they are getting the most innovative and highest quality hydraulic hose system available today.” Contact Parker Hannifin Australia Pty Ltd on (02) 9842 5150 or visit: www.parker.com.

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PRODUCTS

What’s new in Products Spray and Fertilize Boom times for smaller sprayers Hudson’s Silvan Australia has a new 300-litre psi, the unit includes two manual section Trombone is capacity three-point linkage sprayer, the valves to choose boom or spot spraying, Selecta K03A model, designed for boom and has a large 50 mesh suction filter and versatile and spot spraying. a graduated regulator and pressure gauge Powered by a 12 volt, 20 litre per minute open flow pump with a regulator and gauge, this unit is a linkage-mounted sprayer to suit popular smaller tractors or mule vehicles, and will be equally useful when carried on a tractor carryall or a truck or ute deck. The 300-litre capacity slimline Polytuff tank is UV stabilised for a long life and includes a sump for easy cleaning. The distinctive red tank is also fixed to a long-life corrosion-resistant galvanized steel carry frame with a three-point linkage, and Category 1 pin attachments are provided. This Silvan Selecta sprayer is designed for spot or boomless spraying and is supplied fitted with two Hypro boomless nozzles, which enable up to 10 metres of boomless spraying at around 15 litres per minute using the two nozzles. Or it can be used as a spot-spraying unit using just a single nozzle. In addition to the 12 volt powered pump that has a continuous duty rating at 45

for control and agitation of the spray mixture. There is also a remote power control box, including an on/off function that enables the operator to control the sprayer from the tractor or vehicle seat without the need to dismount. Silvan Selecta spokesman Greg Everett says that the unit is supplied with a Spotjet spray gun with its own adjustable nozzle and six metres of hose for spot spraying. “The Hypro boomless nozzle set-up can also be attached to the rear or the end of the steel frame, and for boomless spraying it can also be configured for left or right single-sided cover or up to 10 metres of swath at 15 litres per minute,” said Everett. The unit comes with a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty and retails are around $2145. More information from sales@silvanaust. com.au or call 1300 SILVAN (1300 745 826) or visit www.silvan.com.au

Hudson sprayers supply a full range of spray equipment aimed at professional growers and farmers in the agricultural industry. The Trombone Sprayer is a versatile piece of equipment with a range of uses around large properties and farms that more conventional sprayers can’t offer. The Trombone Sprayer comes with a 180cm hose and is fitted with a large filter that drops directly into a chemical bucket. It can be used to spray liquid up to 7.6 metres for maximum height, making long distance spraying quick and easy. Fitted with sturdy no-slip grips, the sprayer has a slide pump action that allows users to build high pressure without having to over-exert themselves. The long-lasting nickel-plated brass pump is highly durable and the sprayer comes fitted with an adjustable nozzle to allow liquids to be sprayed as a fine mist or a long distance stream, depending on the required application. This is a good tool for spraying fruit trees and it is also popular for pest control and spraying livestock, as well as low-growing plants and shrubs. For more information visit: www.hudsonsprayers.com.au or enquire through Master Distributors on 03 9538 9200.

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What’s new in Products - Pumps RapidBlue is a Genius with DEF

Aquaplus Flexible Rising Main

Australian regulators have adopted European regulations with Australian design rules (Standard ADR80/03) to limit vehicle emissions. This is for all new diesel heavy-duty vehicles. The Standard limits the quantity of NOx (Nitrogen oxides) and particulate matter emitted into the atmosphere by these vehicles. A new engine exhaust system called Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) system uses a urea solution to treat emissions. This solution AUS 32, which is also known as Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), is also commonly referred to by the trade names of AdBlue and NoNox. Rapid Spray has invested a significant amount of time researching and

Malcolm Thompson Pumps is the exclusive distributor of Aquaplus pump products and now stocks the new Aquaplus Flexible Rising Main, available in lengths of 200m+. The Aquaplus Flexible Rising Main has undergone rigorous testing and is backed by a five-year warranty. It is constructed from quality materials including polyurethane, with a polyester textile internal reinforcement; these materials offer resistance to high temperatures and acid water. The Aquaplus Flexible Rising Main has six major advantages: • corrosion resistance • reduced vibration and noise • energy saving • self-supporting layflat riser • suitable for irregular wells • permits higher water flow in narrow wells The product is suitable for high-pressure pumps and appropriate for potable water, and meets the requirements of Certification NSF 61 and WRAS. Malcolm Thompson Pumps can also provide complete borehole packages, which include borehole pumps and head works. The Aquaplus Flexible Rising series 10 is suitable for low-pressure pumps, and has similar features and applications as its counterpart, the Series 25. Both are good for a number of applications in the agricultural and mining industries, including obtaining underground water, water monitoring and dewatering.

analyzing the needs of mobile dispensing equipment for DEF and the company has released the Rapid Blue range of units. It is essential that the dispensing units provide the highest levels of performance and reliability so that the DEF reaches its destination without contamination. Another consideration is that DEF is a very corrosive substance so careful attention to all contact surfaces is required. The RapidBlue Genius range is available in two sizes, 100 and 200 litre, both constructed from urea grade polyethylene in the distinctive blue colour identifying them as AdBlue dispensers. Rapid Spray worked with an Italian pump manufacturer to produce the SveltoBlue pump for the units. This 12-volt pump is stainless steel with EPDM seals, has an internal bypass and delivers 30 litre/minute flow rate, giving quick and easy tank filling. Powering is easy, with four metre-long electrical cables that have clips that attach easily to battery terminals and every unit has four metres of flexible delivery hose. To complete the package a stainless steel auto shut-off AdBlue compatible nozzle is supplied. The filler cap on the tank is stainless steel, as are the pump mounting plate and tank breather, while all the seals and gaskets are EPDM for guaranteed compatibility. And to top it all off the pump compartment is fully enclosed and lockable for security and protection. For more information call Rapid Spray on 1800 011 000 or go to: www.rapidspray.net.

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For more information visit: www.aquapluspumps.com.au or call 1800 733 687.

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PRODUCTS

Bertolini piston pumps in Australia The latest developments in triplex piston pump design are now available in Australia. Manufactured by Idromechanica Bertolini in Northern Italy, the new heavy duty TTL range is now available from Australian Pump Industries. The TTL Series represents state-of-the-art piston pump technology with a view to providing both longevity and lower through-life operating costs to end users. The pumps will be used in the locally built Aussie Scud engine drive premium range of high-pressure cleaners manufactured by Aussie Pumps. The new series is available in 200 BAR (3045 psi) and 300 BAR (4350 psi) versions covering the majority of the industrial market. Australian Pump is the only Bertolini authorised Australian Distributor. The TTL range comes with a standard 24mm steel shaft. This means that they can be easily interchanged with other brands like Interpump and Hawke. Australian Pump has published a handy reference guide for OEMs and service technicians to assist with pump selection for change-outs and upgrades. The new series has a newly designed valve cap that puts the seal at the bottom of the cap rather than at the top. Called the “low stress thread” design, the new caps eliminate the presence of water under pressure within the threads. This provides gains in terms of stress reduction on the threads of up to 60% and torque reduced by 40%, thereby reducing the chance of cracked heads from over-tightening. Bertolini understands that the seals of a piston pump are always going to be the highest wear item and so has invested heavily in developing better seals. The new TTL Series has a V seal with anti extrusion ring to ensure longer seal life. The

V seals are used at the front of the piston rod, while the back packings, fitted as part of the same system, are Bertolini’s unique U seals. Top quality ceramic plungers are standard equipment, as are heavy-duty conrods manufactured from forged aluminium with improved lubrication and heat reduction. New stainless steel valves, an essential part of making the high pressure piston pump perform to pressure, have a radial seal to eliminate the risk of O ring extrusion caused by over pressuring. Further information from Australian Pump Industries and Aussie Pump Gold Distributors or: www.aussiepumps.com.au.

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Mentioned in this issue A.F. Gason...........................................................................21 www.gason.com.au AG Appointments Employment..........................................81 www.agri.com.au Ag Show..............................................................................53 www.agshow.com.au AGCO Corporation............................................................88 www.masseyferguson.com.au Australian Pump Industries Pty Ltd.....................................7 www.aussiepumps.com.au Australian Tyre Traders........................................................13 www.tyretraders.com.au Bare-Co...............................................................................87 www.bareco.com.au BPW Transpec Pty Ltd........................................................62 www.bpwtranspec.com.au CJ Pearce Pty Ltd................................................................69 www.cjpearce.com.au Custom Fluidpower............................................................60 www.custom.com.au Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days..............................52 www.dowerinfielddays.com.au Eaton Hydraulics Pty Ltd....................................................65 www.eaton.com/hydraulics Enviro Group......................................................................67 www.enviroshopsolar.com.au Geronimo Equipment.........................................................61 www.geronimo.com.au Great Western Tillage..........................................................17 www.gwtillage.com.au Hardy Spicer (Walterscheid)........................................ 9 & 15 www.walterscheid.com.au Henty Machinery Field Days Committee............................2 www.hmfd.com.au Honda Australia..................................................................27 www.honda.com.au IB International...................................................................25 www.ibinternational.com.au Neil’s Parts...........................................................................19 www.neils.com.au Kuhn Farm Machinery Pty Ltd...........................................1 www.kuhn.com.au Ky General Engineering......................................................50 03 5852 1589 Mato Australia Pty Ltd........................................................48 www.mato.com.au Mingenew Lions Midwest Expo..........................................57 www.mingenewexpo.com.au 86

Mirco Bros Pty Ltd..............................................................29 www.mircobros.com.au Munro Engineers Pty Ltd....................................................71 www.munroeng.com.au Neil’s Parts...........................................................................19 www.neils.com.au Newdegate Field Days.........................................................54 www.nfday.com.au Parklands Power Products Pty Ltd.......................................63 www.parklands.net Poettinger Australia Pty Ltd.................................................51 www.poettinger.at Powerlite Generators...........................................................33 www.powerlite.com.au Prime Engineering & Pumping Solutions............................31 www.primeeng.net.au Rapid Spray.........................................................................75 www.rapidspray.net Ryco Hydraulics..................................................................59 www.ryco.com.au Schaeffler Aust. Pty Ltd.......................................................35 www.schaeffler.co.nz Serafin Machinery...............................................................37 www.serafinmachinery.com.au Southcott Hydraulics...........................................................5 www.southcott.com.au Sparex Australia Pty Ltd......................................................11 www.sparex.com Tradefaire International..............................................38 & 39 www.tradefaire.com.au Trailco Irrigation.................................................................77 www.trailco.com.au Tyre Max.............................................................................45 1800 453 121 Tyres 4U.............................................................................42 www.farmfirst.com.au Tyres 4U.............................................................................43 www.alliancetyres.com.au Universal Bearing Co...........................................................23 www.universalbearings.com.au Vin Rowe............................................................................49 www.vinrowe.com.au Wagin Woolorama..............................................................55 www.woolorama.com.au Wandin Silvan Field Days...................................................56 www.wandinsilvanfielddays.com.au Zacher Engineering.............................................................79 www.zacherengineering.com.au

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