OUR SECATEUR MAINTENANCE DAY ON 9TH JUNE WILL HELP YOU GET YOUR SECATEURS IN ORDER AS PRUNING APPROACHES
Bahco’s Frank Lamacchia will be on hand at the Agencies to sharpen and refit blades and provide general servicing for Bahco handheld and ergonomic tools.
Secateur Maintenance Day
Tuesday, 9th June
8am to 5pm
Sausage sizzle from 11am to 1pm
Bahco, Felco and Electrocoups available for purchase – Quantity discounts
To have correct parts for this day, we are asking that you pre-order parts you will need changed and and estimate of the number and type of tools you are bringing to repair for the coming season.Please click on this GET YOUR TOOLS WORKING DAY to help you order. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 9755 5279 by 25 May with orders.
Added Bonus Offer
From the 1st of May to the 30th of June receive $10 cash back when you purchase The Cyclone N-Sure gate!!
The Cyclone N-Sure® gate is a strong ‘multi purpose’ rural gate. The design comprises a welded 25NB brace and frame together with a graduated welded mesh insert, making N-Sure the strongest gate in Cyclone’s range. The gate suits a broad range of fencing applications and provides an excellent barrier to keep livestock in and feral pests out.
The welded mesh insert features graduated horizontal wires which increase the density of strands in the lower part of the gate. This is designed to prevent breach of the gate by livestock (smaller and infant animals) and deter feral pests (eg predators such as foxes). Cyclone N-Sure gates are made from 25NB pipe, with a wall thickness of 2mm, and mesh spacing graduating from 32mm at the bottom of the gate, to a maximum of 100mm at the upper part of the gate (5mm thickness); combined to provide the unique N-Sure design. The pipe used in Cyclone’s N-Sure gate frame and brace is hot dipped galvanised both inside and out providing good corrosion resistance. N-Sure is available in both left and right hand side configurations.
N-Sure is available in sizes from 2.40m wide (8 foot) to 4.80m wide (16 foot).
For more information or to order, contact us at Cowaramup Agencies.
COWARAMUP AGENCIES HAS THESE VARIETIES IN STOCK
By Upper Murray Seeds
|A late season, annual tetraploid ryegrass with prolific winter growth.|
By Upper Murray Seeds
|A dynamic, annual diploid ryegrass specifically bred for early winter feed.|
By Heritage Seeds
|Hulk is a high yielding diploid Italian ryegrass developed for Australian conditions, with excellent establishment, winter and spring yields and good late season quality.|
By Heritage Seeds
|GrassMax is a diploid annual ryegrass that offers exceptional winter production.
|A high performing, mid-maturing tetraploid annual, better suited to the south-west’s medium rainfall or where late grazing or second cut of fodder can be achieved.|
By Irwin Hunter
|Abundant is a mid-late season tetraploid annual ryegrass variety that has proven to be very adaptable to WA growing conditions Has the potential to extend the vegetative production into late spring where the crop has been managed appropriately and there is sufficient moisture and crop nutrition.
By Irwin Hunter
|Dargo Italian diploid annual ryegrass is an early to mid-season maturing variety that has been successfully sown across a wide range of soils types and climatic conditions in WA. Winter and early mid spring production. Proven ability to produce well in shorter growing seasons or where early dry spring conditions have proven a challenge.|
|Tetila||New Tetila is a true tetraploid offering excellent early establishment vigour and giving high dry matter production through winter and early mid spring. It has digestibility and like other Tetraploid’s has large wide dark green leaves and can withstand short periods of waterlogging.|
By Upper Murray Seeds
|Ryegrass and clover mix. 80% ryegrass, 20% sub-clovers. Call for more info
A range of clovers and seed oats available on request.
Call Cowaramup Agencies 9755 5279.
A Heat Detection System from GEA Farm Technologies
Cowaramup Agencies is providing and installing the first of the new CowScout heat detection systems from GEA Farm Technologies locally and we are confident many more will be sought after.
What is CowScout?
CowScout electronically monitors cows for heat detection, can reduce labor, increase pregnancy rates, decrease days open and limit the need for hormone treatments. Now Western Australian dairy producers can benefit from electronic activity monitors and receive more accurate breeding information, no matter where they are – via internet, smart phone or text messaging. The CowScout neck tags also monitor eating time, which provides timely cow health data and helps to identify sick cows sooner.
Features and benefits of CowScout
- Data is stored with cloud technology – making it accessible anytime, anywhere.
- Data can be measured continuously – ensuring you always have the latest information and you receive immediate alarms.
- Data transmission is not deterred – ultra high frequency (UHF) wireless signals are not obstructed by dirt, manure, or internal building components, which can be common with other systems using infrared devices. Plus, the UHF technology provides a wider read range – up to 300 ft. with a standard antenna or up to 3,280 ft. with a long-range antenna.
- Data transmitted to a wireless receiver – CowScout can be used anywhere – for cows or heifers – with minimal system implementation.
- Independent data capture – will not interfere with any other cow ID system currently used on the farm.
- Versatile – CowScout is not just for dairy cows. Activity monitoring can benefit heifer raisers and beef cattle operations.
- Less expensive start-up – no complex software is required. Connect via internet to have mobile access to your data – or – if the internet is not available in your area, you can connect directly to your PC to check data.
- ISO identification option — for those operations looking for more advanced management applications in the parlor and for cow sorting, CowScout can be integrated with DairyPlan C21 for complete identification capabilities.
- Installed and supported by GEA Farm Technologies dealers available 24/7 and supported by the Cowaramup Agenices Dairy Technical Service.
- Reduced activity can also be detected – often the first sign of health problems or lameness.
- Eating time is recorded — the CowScout neck tag is able to detect specific movement patterns related to forage intake and thus record the time individual cows spend eating. Low maintenance costs – no expensive batteries to replace.
- Industry leading technology – latest version of accelerometer technology, for the most accurate activity readings.
- More ways to view information – 7 day, 70 day, lactation and 7 day step counter – more options than any other system.
Brochures are available in-store. Simple and cost effective – Cow Scout is worth a look.
Darren Pratt (GEA) 0428 445 472
Cowaramup Agencies’ Dean Armstrong and Rick Scott were flat out last year planning, sourcing, installing and maintaining dairy equipment for WA dairy farmers.
Much of their time was dedicated to dairy upgrades of both herringbone and rotary dairies, in particular upgrading aging equipment and replacing key components such as:
Incorporation of cow monitoring systems
Incorporation of herd management systems
Improved identification systems
Dean and Rick’s work on technology upgrades and power-saving systems targeting energy efficiency means more farmers have successfully installed VOD units, milk chillers and heat recovery units. More are planned for this year.
Together, they lead a 24-hour emergency call out service to help farmers keep milking round-the-clock.
Cowaramup Agencies’ Dairy Technical team is a practical, professional solution to getting work and upgrades installed effectively and efficiently in your dairy.
Call Dean or Rick on 0419 853 431
If you haven’t seen his face already, this is Darren Pratt, the senior GEA rep whose regular presence in WA is all about customer service for new and exisiting GEA customers.
He’s big on product awareness and customer satisfaction, bringing with him greater product range and more support visits to provide specialist advice on products and assist the talented Dairy Team of Dean Armstrong and Rick Scott at Cowaramup Agencies.
We asked him why WA dairy farmers should choose GEA Farm Technologies:
What can you say about the service GEA offers in WA? I enjoy a challenge and I believe Cowaramup Agencies and GEA can increase the business throughout the State, offering a satisfying experience for the farmers, with great equipment and great service technicians.
What is your role in relation to GEA products in WA? I am area manager for GEA Farm Technologies in WA and Tasmania, promoting products and monitoring customer satisfaction.
What are your observations of the WA dairying climate? Through my first visits I see farmers have a lot of confidence in the industry. The next generation of farmers are moving through with more interest in the technical side of farming.
Will WA dairy farmers be seeing anything different from GEA in 2015? More support visits than previously, and greater product ranges.
Which products are big on your agenda in 2015 and beyond? Liner promotions, cup removers, cluster promotions and Cow Scout
Which products will be of greater interest to WA farmers? I believe farmers are after innovative products to save on labour and energy consumption. There are also after increased production data to enable higher milk quality and yields.
Cow Scout looks like a simple, no fuss way to gain cow data easily and effectively – why will this system appeal to WA farmers? Cows Scout is a fantastic tool for heat detection as well as assisting in the monitoring of cow health. It is a cost effective product that eliminates the guesswork out of heat detection, providing higher pregnancy ratios, thus saving the farmer time as the rate of empty cows reduces.
Why has GEA partnered with Cowaramup Agencies to be GEA suppliers in WA? The team at Cowaramup are believers in the industry and customer focused. I offered to look after the WA area because it is similar to Tasmania with the isolation factor as well as damn good farmers! A lot better than the guys out East!
GEA are market leaders in the milk harvesting business with total solutions ranging from basic milk harvesting equipment to robotic solutions. Apart from milking equipment GEA, through Cowaramup Agencies, offer effluent handling equipment and barning solutions to farmers.
Darren’s contact details:
0428 445 472
Our thanks to Colin Bell from AHA Viticulture for kindly sharing the following observations on the Margaret River wine grape growing season at 7 January 2014.
How is Vintage 2015 looking in the Margaret River region?
The season started early with some varieties reaching pre-flowering phenological milestones at record calendar dates. A mild windy November followed, putting the brakes on the development of many blocks across the region. As a result the flowering period took several weeks to complete and subsequently there is some bunch variability in most canopies. Extended flowering periods are often associated with berry shatter and hen and chicken and this can be seen widely in the region. The extended duration from berry set to pea-sized berries also left the young crops vulnerable to pests, such as looper, weevil, mealy bug and light brown apple moth. Despite these ever present challenges the result is reasonably loose bunches in reds and the high levels of hen and chicken in chardonnay, which are likely to result in exceptional quality wines.
How would you describe the lead up to this vintage?
The second half of December saw a return to some ideal ripening weather and this has continued into the start of January. Some early veraison has been seen in around the region and the “Growing Degree Day” index was “783” on the 6 January 2015, lying in-between 2008 and 2013 measurements.
Has there been anything unusual/interesting about this season to date?
The mild windy conditions that prolonged the flowering period have caused poor set in many blocks and this is likely to reduce average bunch weights. We are predicting that many crops will be lighter in volume than long term averages.
Any predictions for harvest?
The variability in phenology will make fruit maturity sampling difficult and care will need to be taken to ensure samples represent an accurate measurement of the block. If warm to hot conditions persist harvest will be in line with the last five vintages.
What should pests and diseases should growers be looking out for as the harvest nears?
As vintage approaches care needs to be taken that the agro-chemicals used are in accordance with either the AWRI Dog Book or your winery’s specifications. As we approach veraison blocks should be carefully monitored for any presence of powdery mildew and mealy bug populations. Post veraison crop risks will be more associated with silver eye damage, bunch rots and secondary infections of sooty mould that is associated with mealy bugs.
What is keeping AHA Viticulture busy at the moment?
At this time of year AHA Viticulture is busy in our management vineyards finishing canopy management passes and getting ready to apply bird nets to high pressure areas. We are also on the road giving viticultural consultancy to other vineyards as we all approach the most critical time of the year.
For any assistance please contact me anytime on phone 0408 479 473 or email email@example.com.
Best of luck for a successful harvest.
Coghlan’s mosquito nets are man’s (and woman’s) best friend at the moment.
Keep the flies at bay and your sanity in tact by picking up some fly/mosquito nets when you are next visiting Cowaramup Agencies.
You’ll be glad you did.
Elasticized at the neck for a snug fit.