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ON THE BLOCK
Primary producers need to
change the way they think about
biosecurity says National Farmers’
Federation Biosecurity Taskforce
chair Ron Cullen.
He says sometimes people are
sceptical about putting up signage
on their properties, asking people
to respect farm biosecurity and not
enter without permission, despite
knowing how important it is.
“Sometimes we see it as a bit
of a luxury, until we get a pest or
disease incursion, and then the mes-
sage is reinforced that biosecurity is
our insurance policy,” Mr Cullen said.
“But if we don’t keep that insur-
ance up-to-date, if we don’t think
about keeping pests and disease at
bay, then we can pay a much bigger
“Our goal is to ensure that non-
intensive farmers are just as aware
of cleaning equipment, vehicles and
personal gear before entering farms,
whatever the enterprise, be they live-
stock or crops, orchards or vines.”
Mr Cullen says it is crucial farm-
ers don’t differentiate between exot-
ic and endemic diseases on farm,
as both have the same preventative
“When you tackle endemic pests
and diseases, you will also catch the
exotics,” he said.
Mr Cullen says biosecurity is a
concern for all Australians, both
farmers and the general community,
not just the Federal Government – in
our interconnected world, the ques-
tion is no longer whether a biosecu-
rity incursion will occur but when.
“Biosecurity is everyone’s busi-
ness – it ranges from macro-level
international threats to ensuring
profitability on farm,” Ron said.
“We’ve been lucky for so long in
Australia that we sometimes forget
how important it is to have preventa-
tive biosecurity measures in place.”
You can read the NFF’s full article
For more information on
the NFF’s National Biosecurity
Taskforces visit www.nff.org.au.
Growers who attended Ian
Garden’s workshops late last month
were treated to a wealth of knowl-
edge from the South African expert.
Mr Garden covered a range of
topics in both his one-on-one ses-
sions and workshops including the
use of gibberellic acid (GA), naph-
thalene acetic acid (NAA) and plant
Gibberellic acid: Attendees learn how
GA is applied to all citrus varieties for
fruit set in South Africa except seeded
varieties. The general rate is 10ppm but
it depends on the variety and climatic
area (lower concentrations for cooler cli-
mates). Usually one application is applied
but follow-up sprays may be required if
the blossom is protracted. Mr Garden
stressed the importance of timing in GA
applications and should occur at 80-100
per cent petal drop. A pH of 5-7 is ideal
and a wetter should be included in the
mix. In South Africa, GA is added to foliar
sprays to promote tree growth of young
plantings. GA is also applied to improve
rind integrity in a similar way to how it is
done in Australia. It is not applied after
the end of February as this adversely
affects colour development.
Naphthaleneacetic acid: Interesting
work is being done with NAA, white paint
and oil to prevent sucker growth. NAA
is not registered for use on citrus in
Plant growth regulators: Research is
under way to control tree vigour in citrus
varieties however these products are not
registered for use in Australia.
AND FIELD DAY
World trends in citrus, robotics,
new chemicals, international pests
and their control, agrichemical use
in Australia, soil health, biosecurity,
netting orchards, technology and
many more topics were covered at
last week’s Citrus Australia Technical
Forum and Field Day held in Mildura.
We’ll include summaries of many
of the presentations and discussions
in this column over future weeks.
WORKSHOP – MARCH 15
Have you made plans for the
future? Do you have a succession
plan in place?
A workshop will be held on
Wednesday, March 15 to assist pri-
mary producers implement such a
process. To be held at the Waikerie
Hotel from 5-8pm, the workshop will
include presentations by Rabobank
succession planning facilitator
Rosemary Bartle, Lynch Meyer
Lawyers partner John MacPhail,
Prime Super SA regional manager
Chris Pole along with Noel Hazeldine
and Brenton Scott from accounting
firm RSM Australia.
The cost is $50 which includes
dinner and refreshments. RSVP
to 0475 070 240 or accounts@
One of the CASAR committee
members attended the launch of
the ‘Barkley’ rootstock in Gayndah,
Queensland on Tuesday, March 7,
2017. A summary of the workshop
will be published in the next CASAR
On behalf of CASAR, we just want
to thank Pat Barkley for her highly
valued and respected contribution
to the Australian citrus industry and
congratulate her on this rootstock
being named after her as this is tes-
timony to her contribution.
REGIONAL FRUIT FLY –
Growers, processors, stakehold-
ers from all industries and the gener-
al community are being encouraged
to attend the next meeting of the
Regional Fruit Fly Committee.
It will cover topics including on-
farm biosecurity, property hygiene,
equipment hygiene, transient
workers, Island Fly, market access,
returning unsold produce to the
Riverland Pest Free Area, a review
of 2015-2016 program, outbreaks
and detections and communication
The meeting will be held on
March 20 at 5pm in the Renmark
Hotel Function Room.
Details: David Hall, Biosecurity
SA, PIRSA, 8207 7845 or 0408 807
The CSIRO is conducting a study
to determine how much different
sectors of the community value
and are prepared to pay for Area
Wide Management (AWM) and
Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) as a
Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) manage-
The CSIRO would like grow-
ers to have their say, through the
short online survey. Responses will
determine the extent of SIT produc-
tion/commercialisation at the Port
Augusta facility which was opened at
the end of last year.
You can access the survey at https://
Farmer_WTP HYPERLINK “https://qfly.
pagenum=0 or email saregion@
citrusaustralia.com.au to have the link
emailed to you
March 15 – Succession planning
workshop, Waikerie Hotel, 5pm.
March 20 – Regional Fruit Fly
Committee meeting, Renmark Hotel,
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
FRONT-END FOCUS AT RW
We often hear talk of front-end, back-end,
big-end and depending on the context, the
topic may be computers or engines or sys-
tems of some sort.
Some take the trouble to connect both
ends; to decode, decipher, interpret, simplify
and explain how ‘it’ works!
Most tend to congregate at the back-end,
where there’s less accountability for results.
It’s the safer option with the bonus of being
able to wag the finger at the front-end when
things don’t quite turn out.
Someone who’d been around for a while
once said: “There are three types of people
those who make things happen, those
who watch things happen and those who
wonder what happened.”
A behavioural scientist did some work on
that bold statement and declared, “Yep, fair
enough, it seems about right and further-
more, the three types exist in most popula-
tions in similar ratios of 5 per cent to 20 per
cent to the 75 per cent who wonder what
happened. Ask any crowd of people to clas-
sify themselves into one of the ‘types’ and
most will squeeze themselves into the first
group. And that’s a good thing... to be sure,
to be sure. It’s good to be positive.”
But when it gets down to tin-tacks, it’s a
tall order to get up every day and ‘make it
Those who do are commonly appraised
with unflattering language. But that’s okay;
they tend to be the 5 per cent who are too
flat out, making it happen to notice the
These are often ‘the sales’ people.
It’s a well-known but seldom acknowl-
edged phenomenon that without a sale,
nothing happens. Other functions and roles
are important but without a sale, there is
Selling is what happens at the front end!
Front-end work is demanding work. It’s time
now to give the 5 per cent at the front-end
some extra grunt. It’s time now, at Riverland
Wine, to connect the two ends; build on the
momentum now evident from the decade of
The back-end will certainly be acknowl-
edged in the May round of Riverland Wine
breakfast meetings. The engineers, the
scientists, the instructors and the mainte-
nance teams will take good care of that.
But it’s time, at last, to fire-up the big
engine. The back-end’s had a decade of
being researched, re-structured, re-built, re-
bored, rehabilitated, re-balanced, re-scaled,
re-polished, funded, and primed for the next
Australian wine era.
All that remains now is to ‘make it hap-
pen’ and that means getting out there and
selling what we have. It means finding the
5 per cent who will focus on selling and be
good at it; proud to be accountable.
It’s imperative to identify and resource
the salespeople; to ensure the decade
of back-end work will generate returns
on Riverland stakeholders’ investments.
Without sales, that won’t happen.
The first big test will be in Germany at
ProWein, the week after next, March 19 to
21. It’ll be interesting to see how many sell-
ers will be there; actively selling Riverland
wines, the products that generate so many
opportunities for our region, the State and
the national economies. It’ll also be interest-
ing to witness the competition from Chile,
Argentina, and South Africa.
Watch this space.
ProWein is the world’s leading trade fair
for wine and spirits and the largest meeting
for industry specialists from viticulture, pro-
duction, trade and gastronomy.
It takes place annually in Germany at
Dusseldorf. A handful of Riverland winer-
ies will be participating in two Masterclass
events at this year’s event from March 19
Phil Reedman will once again be present-
ing the Gems of the Riverland as he did
several weeks ago at the Adelaide Cellar
Door Festival. See last week’s round-up for
Wines from Mallee Estates, 919 Wines,
Bassham’s, Whistling Kite, Byrne Vineyards
and Kingston Estates will be presented to a
sell-out audience of discerning wine buyers
from around the planet.
The Riverland’s growing conditions
make the region ideal for producing
Mediterranean varieties. In a second pres-
entation, Phil will also present three exam-
ples of the little known, Riverland grown,
Mediterranean variety, petit manseng to a
Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET)
The Trust, or WSET as it is known, pro-
vides globally recognised education and
qualifications in wines, spirits and sake, for
professionals and enthusiasts alike. At this
WSET master class, the audience of young
industry professionals will sample petit
manseng from three pioneers of alternative
varieties from the Riverland using three dif-
ferent production techniques.
To have these two opportunities to show-
case Riverland wines at this world event is
a real privilege and RW acknowledges our
colleagues at Wine Australia for encourag-
ing our smaller producers to ‘step up to the
plate’ and demonstrate to the world, that
the Riverland produces outstanding wines
of great diversity and style as well as sup-
plying the country’s leading wine producers
with consistent, reliable wines that meet the
majority of international consumers’ prefer-
ences and pockets.
SPRAY DRIFT – CALL PIRSA
Over the past week Riverland Wine has
taken calls from several growers who have
observed young vines showing signs of
damage that may have been caused by
This has been a problem from time to
time. Experience has taught us that the
best approach is to make careful notes
about dates, times, recent climatic events
that may have elevated the risk and then
call David Stephenson (0401 126 159) at
Biosecurity SA and discuss the matter with
David heads up the chemical incursions
unit and has vast experience in this field.
If necessary he will arrange for one of
his team to visit the site as a priority and
Experience has also taught us that it’s
best to be open about this and to talk about
it in the community. Most farmers and vine
growers will share the concerns and work
together to implement best practice and
avoid future incursions.
There have also been expressions
of concern about the higher than usual
instances of sooty mould. Our colleagues
in Langhorne Creek have asked if Riverland
growers might be interested to join with
them in raising concerns with industry
agencies. If you think sooty mould is a
problem and if you know of any loads that
have been rejected please contact Kate on
8584 5816 or email (admin@riverlandwine.
com.au) and she will compile details to
enable us to work with Langhorne Creek, for
an appropriate investigation.
Rivapetz Pet Care in Berri are seeking a Team Leader with
leadership experience, who can oversee the practice and
combine their passion and experience to maintain the
clinic’s professional reputation and help grow it into the
Preferably we would like the candidate to be a qualified/
experienced Veterinary Nurse, but this is not essential.
You will need
A positive hard working attitude
A passion for the veterinary industry, your role and
our clients and patients
Provide exceptional customer service and
Highly organised, shows initiative and has attention
Professionalism and integrity
Please forward a covering letter and your resume to:
Lara Casanova at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications close March 14, 2017
Part time 32 hours per week
Bistro Staff Member
The Paringa Hotel is looking for an experienced bar
and bistro staff member to join our team.
Candidate must have cash handling experience,
current RSA qualification, must be reliable and able to
work positively in a team. Must be available Thursday,
Friday and Saturday evenings at absolute minimum.
Flexible availability, previous coffee machine
experience and TAB knowledge a huge advantage.
Please email your resume to
Friday 17 March 2017.
Elders has played a key role in rural Australia for
more than 175 years. As a leading agribusiness
we are committed to providing our clients with a
solution that meets their needs across every
aspect of their farming business.
This position will be responsible for:
• leading and managing all merchandise
• achieving market share growth and customer
What you’ll bring to the position:
• Extensive sales experience and a successful sales
record in a rural farm supplies business;
• Committed to the provision of high-quality
• Extensive knowledge of agriculture products, the
region and our competitors;
• Qualification in an agricultural or related business
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
• Experience in managing employees.
For further information please contact David Kanizay,
Branch Manager on 0408 834 586 or email
To apply go to
Applications close 26 March 2017.
We encourage applications from a diverse range
of people, backgrounds and experiences.
We are looking for enthusiastic, passionate,
hands-on people to join our friendly merchandising
team. Our organisation is responsible for the
merchandising plants into retail nurseries, so you
will be working outdoor and under cover.
The successful applicant must hold a current
driver’s licence. Please email interest to
● You must have good attention to detail
● Previous merchandising experience an
● Certificate II or higher in Horticulture an
● Motivated self starter
● Ability to work within a team
● Some computer skills needed
● 3-10 hours per week
● Full training provided.
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