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Make more from fallow grazing

09.21.2019, Comments Off on Make more from fallow grazing, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

GRAZING a sprayed-out pasture paddock for fallow prior to sowing is another opportunity to make money.
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“It’s an opportunity to make money from this phase in a rotation,” says Ag ‘n’ Vet consulting animal nutritionist Nicola Brazier, Euchareena.

She said even when pasture paddocks had been sprayed out in preparation for the next season, there was still an opportunity to get some grazing off them.

“These plots have been sprayed out and will then be ploughed back into soil in preparation for next year’s crop after just one year as pastures with a mix of mainly lucerne and clover,” said Ms Brazier, who is pictured last year in trial plots investigating the impact of grazing.

“There is a trial site here that has some fescue as well and that has been really interesting because the starting nitrogen for the next crop in this plot is exactly the same as the plots of lucerne and clovers.

“That’s very exciting from an animal point of view because it means we can have some grasses in the mix to better balance some of those pastures with high legume content.”

Ms Brazier said the pasture would be lower in protein, but still offered a reasonable source of feed going into the summer months.

After being sprayed, fescue paddocks would need to be supplemented if growing stock were put onto them as they would need a source of protein.

“Maybe some lupins or peas and beans in a lick feeder or alternatively a loose lick or a block that has evidence of urea or protein source within,” she said.

“You could put some dry stock onto these paddocks, or stock you just need to maintain would do very nicely on feed like this.

“There are ways of having this pasture phase in the cropping rotation as there is always stock that can utilise it.”

Ms Brazier said it was advisable to read spray labels carefully to ascertain any with-holding period between spraying and the introduction of livestock to the paddock.

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Top internationals at the head of the weights make it hard for locals

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Blake Shinn on Fenway wins the Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill Gardens in March Photo: Brendon ThorneA strong international presence and a determination by the owners and trainers of the top-rated horses to keep their gallopers entered for the big races right up to the cut-off point, suggests it will be difficult to get a start in the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate  and even harder to win.
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At the second declaration stage for two of the trio of great races that headline the Melbourne spring carnival, the majority of the fancied candidates stood their ground – that is perhaps not so surprising for the weight-for-age Cox Plate, but unusual in the case of the Caulfield Cup, which is a handicap.

The number of second acceptances for the Caulfield feature rose from 78 last year to 81 this  and Racing Victoria believes there could be a race record of four internationally trained starters in the world’s richest 2400-metre handicap.

Two of the contenders – the Japanese raiders Hokko Brave and Fame Game – are already in Melbourne while four others, the Royal Ascot winners Snow Sky and Trip To Paris (Hardwicke Stakes and Ascot Gold Cup respectively), the Lonsdale Cup winner Max Dynamite and the Northumberland Plate winner Quest For More due to arrive soon.

All but six of the top 50-weighted horses remained in the race, with the only stand out withdrawals the Godolphin contender Contributer, group 1-winning four-year-old mare Fenway, imported mare Noble Protector and Darren Weir’s Prince Of Penzance.

“The scene is being set for an outstanding renewal in 2015, one which is looking increasingly difficult for many horses to obtain a start,” Greg Carpenter, RV’s executive general manager, racing, said on Tuesday.

“Contributer and Fenway are the only top 25-ranked horses to be withdrawn from the Caulfield Cup with the connections of both horses electing to pay the second acceptance fee for the Cox Plate only.”

The continued presence of the higher-weighted entries, many of whom are the internationals, is a blow to lowly weighted locals trying to sneak a run in the 18 horse cup field.

It also makes life difficult for the riders of the lower-weighted runners because if the original topweights stay in the contest the weights will not be raised, making it hard for many to get down to their limit to take rides on runners competing off their “true” handicap mark.

The Cox Plate is also chock-a-block with foreign entries who have paid up at the second declaration stage, with 73 horses, including five internationals, still trying to snare a spot in the 14-runner field  on October 24.

The numbers are up from the 67  at the same stage last year and include a quintet of foreign raiders: Arod, from the Peter Chapple-Hyam stable, Highland Reel, and Ol’ Man River representing the powerful Coolmore operation of Aidan O’Brien, French-trained and Australian-owned Gailo Chop, as well as Lightning Spear, a lightly raced colt owned by Qatar Racing.

The best credentialled locals are a familiar crew, with Fawkner (second), Foreteller (fifth), Happy Trails (sixth), Criterion (seventh), The Cleaner (ninth) and Royal Descent (12th) all backing up from their efforts last year.

The Plate is a race where the best of the younger generation often take on their rivals to great effect. Shamus Award sprang a surprise when winning as a maiden two years ago, while colts All Too Hard and Pierro were previous placegetters.

There are nine three-year-olds left in the race including the colts Mr Individual, Press Statement and Snoopy and two fillies Jameka and Payroll.

Aidan O’Brien will not set Cougar Mountain for the Plate and has withdrawn him, while the cups contenders Dandino (Darren Weir) Precedence (James Cummings, who will be seeking to uphold the memory of his recently deceased grandfather Bart) and last year’s VRC Oaks winner Set Square (Ciaran Maher) have also been taken out to concentrate on their handicap assignments.

“The international invitees Arod, Gailo Chop and Highland Reel all feature among the second acceptances for the Cox Plate and their presence would add considerable intrigue alongside a talented local contingent headed by Kermadec, Fawkner, Contributer and Criterion,” Carpenter said.

Forty-eight three-year-olds remain in the Caulfield Guineas but impressive  Golden Rose winner Exosphere is not one of them. Neither is the highly promising Danehill Stakes winner Kinglike, who is being restricted to a sprinting campaign  with the Coolmore on Derby day at Flemington likely to be his main target. The field is headed by  Ready For Victory and Chris Waller’s Press Statement, while Saturday’s Caulfield winner Bassett is also an entry.

The number of fillies remaining in the Thousand Guineas (54) is almost double the 33 that stood their ground at the same time last year. Group 1-winning Peter Moody contender Pasadena Girl is the best performed, but she will face stiff opposition from the likes of Blue Diamond runner-up Reemah and recent winners Alaskan Rose, Stay With Me and Don’t Doubt Mamma.

The unbeaten Maher-trained flyer Petits Filous, who recently won down the Flemington straight,  is, like Moody’s Kinglake, being reserved for a sprinting campaign this time in, while Golden Rose runner-up Speak Fondly has been taken out.

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Happy with producer NVD compliance

09.21.2019, Comments Off on Happy with producer NVD compliance, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

THOMAS Foods International national livestock manager for sheep and lamb Paul Leonard said the company had not considered the changeover to the new National Vendor Declarations (NVDs) a major issue.
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“Generally, most people have adhered to the request, and we’ve got 98 per cent compliance now,” he said.

“It’s not just for us as a company, it’s an industry standard.

“All the export processors are requiring the most up-to-date declaration, so the 2013 NVD should be the one that is being used.

“There was a bit of conjecture about whether the new NVD was needed from January 1 or February 1, but from our perspective it was from February 1 onwards.”

Mr Leonard said there was plenty of consultation with industry leading up to the change.

“We have been consulting with industry about the change since late November and early December, as well as with agents and our direct clients, letting them know that from February 1 we needed the latest NVD,” he said.

“From our perspective, it’s critical that we can guarantee we’re supplying the highest quality meat to our world market. Our export market customers expect us to use the latest NVDs.

“NVDs are being updated constantly so there’s no point using antiquated 2008 NVDs when the 2013 version is the most current.

“It’s really no different to a driver’s licence, people are expected to use a current one.”

Mr Leonard said while he was aware there had been some issues getting hold of new declarations in recent weeks, he said vendors should be able to source an emergency NVD online.

“I believe there have been some issues because there’s been massive demand to get a 2013 NVD,” he said.

“But we had made it very clear before the new year that the new NVDs were needed.”

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Oriental Lady poised for group 1 re-handicap after winning race marred by cobalt affair

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The connections of newly-minted Gosford Gold Cup winner Oriental Lady could be the subject of a re-handicap for Saturday week’s The Metropolitan after the mare was finally awarded her first stakes race amid the cobalt saga.
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Stewards stripped the race from the Sam Kavanagh-trained Midsummer Sun when handing down their penalties in the long affair on Monday, promoting Oriental Lady as the winner.

Her trainer Kris Lees is considering whether to tackle The Metropolitan after probably skipping this Saturday’s Colin Stephen Quality.

And Racing NSW handicappers have flagged the possibility of raising the six-year-old’s handicap from 52kg to factor in the Gosford Gold Cup win.

It could prove a huge fillip for the Australian Bloodstock-owned mare, which is trying for a spot in the $750,000 group 1 staying feature.

Oriental Lady, part-owned by Australian cricketer David Warner, ran fourth in last Friday’s Newcastle Cup and is 59th in the ballot order.

“We have decided to leave her where she is in the ratings because she has had eight starts since the Gosford Cup without winning and her form is well exposed,” said Racing NSW’s chief handicapper Damien Hay.

“She went from a [benchmark] 86 horse to 92 when she ran second at Gosford and would have obviously gone higher if she won. We are comfortable she is at the right mark.

“However, if she was to [run in the Colin Stephen] and win on Saturday we would look at her weight in The Metropolitan and in considering the penalty would take into account the two wins she would have had since the weights were released.

“It might entitle her to a bigger penalty but it would depend on a lot of factors, including the strength of any win on Saturday.”

Racing NSW will now redistribute the Gosford Gold Cup prizemoney, which carried a $90,000 winner’s purse.

The result has also added value to Oriental Lady’s pedigree, which includes black type success.

“That win is now worth quite a bit of money to us,” Australian Bloodstock director Jamie Lovett said. “We have discussed running her in The Metropolitan and, to be fair, she will get in light anyway, but there are races like the Cranbourne Cup we are we looking at too.”

Among the hefty penalties handed down over the saga, triggered by Midsummer Sun’s caffeine and cobalt positive after the Gosford Gold Cup, included a nine years and three month disqualification to Kavanagh and a six-year ban for veterinarian Tom Brennan.

Both are likely to appeal the sanctions.

The NSW vet board has refrained from launching an investigation into Brennan, who is also at the centre of claims he promoted a bottle labelled “vitamin complex”, later found to have high concentrations of cobalt, to under-fire Flemington trainers Mark Kavanagh, Sam’s father, and Danny O’Brien.

Brennan, who stood himself down from providing services to racehorses in Victoria last month, denies knowing the exact contents of the “vitamin complex” bottle. He is also understood to have ceased practising in NSW.

“​The main thing we will be doing is maintaining contact with Racing NSW,” said John Baguley, the Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW registrar.

“[Any appeal] will be one variable we will have to consider and the other is to continue as per the normal complaints process from another body and then we examine the findings to see if there is a breach of our legislation.”

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Is it time for a tunnel from Southport Spit to Southport Broadwater?

09.21.2019, Comments Off on Is it time for a tunnel from Southport Spit to Southport Broadwater?, 苏州美甲美睫培训学校, by .

New road bridge or tunnel from Southport Broadwater to Southport Spit. It it possible? Photo: Supplied Sunland proposed development at Southport Spit Photo: Supplied
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The Gold Coast must look at a road tunnel or a new bridge between the Southport Broadwater and the Southport Spit, to avoid emerging traffic congestion, one of its longest-serving representatives said.

Former mayor, state MP and long-serving councillor Lex Bell said a bridge or tunnel should be part of a 20-year traffic and development study for the Southport Broadwater.

“And that would include ways to fund it,” Cr Bell said.

Gold Coast City Council – and the Queensland Government – are in the early stages of assessing several large developments on the Southport Spit; the ASF Consortium’s proposed casino and Sunland’s twin 44-storey towers at their Marina Cove site.

At present Gold Coast City Council has a three-storey ceiling limit on the Southport Spit.

Traffic congestion is a major problem on Seaworld Drive on the Southport Spit and Main Beach.

Cr Lex Bell – who has represented Surfers Paradise as a councillor since 1985; as Gold Coast’s mayor from 1988 to 1994 and as the Surfers Paradise MP (2001-04) before John Paul Langbroek – said it made sense to consider a tunnel or a new bridge to the Spit.

Cr Bell is deputy chair of Council’s City Planning and its Economic Development committees.

The idea was floated on Tuesday morning by prominent property developer Max Christmas, as chair of the Gold Coast’s Heart of the City advisory committee which reports to Gold Coast City Council.

Cr Bell agreed it was time for a long-term traffic study of the Southport Broadwater and the Spit to look at a new bridge or tunnel between the two.

“It has costs, but it has merit,” Cr Bell said.

“A new approach across the Broadwater – whether it be a tunnel or bridge – to somewhere like Labrador where the traffic can get away – certainly has merit,” he said.

“The issue of course would be costs.”

The long-serving councillor believed the area needed a long-term traffic study as part of a renewed plan for the area.

“The reality of it is that whatever the development is – whether it is three storeys or 40 storeys on the Spit – there needs to be additional access to the main beach area,” Cr Bell said.

Cr Bell believed simply upgrading the existing road network would be a short-term fix.

“You still get back to the Gold Coast Highway, which just gets jammed and becomes a parking lot,” he said.

“And better roads leading on to a parking lot doesn’t help much.”

He said the recent XCAT power boat championships held on the Southport Broadwater proved traffic congestion would become a disaster if major events were held in the future without changes.

He told how an overseas sporting ambassador – whom organisers wanted to impress – was stuck in their car for 40 minutes and got out and began to walk before a water taxi was arranged.

Cr Bell said he doubted that infrastructure charges from developers – and leasehold charges from using Crown land – would be insufficient to cover the cost.

“I believe that the cost would be far too great for contributions to developers,” he said.

“And the Crown land – most of the Southport Spit is Crown land – would yield a return, but it would go to Crown, not to Council, so Council would not receive that,” he said.

Cr Bell said no new bridges – or a tunnel – were included in the Gold Coast Harbour Plan – which he considers the region’s master plan.

Cr Bell said it was now time for a long-term traffic and development plan for the Southport Spit.

“I don’t think it is just a simple matter of just responding to individual applications, though the Council has a legal duty to respond to the applications that are duly lodged,” he said.

“But overall I think there needs to be a plan – and a comprehensive 20-year-plan – that would look at how the traffic would get in and out for decades to come.”

“Now as part of that I think there would be some sort of traffic corridor up to Labrador, but it would need to be long-term because funding would be procured from other levels of government.”

Prominent property developer Max Christmas on Tuesday called for the tunnel to avoid traffic congestion at Main Beach.

“We need a tunnel across the Broadwater, coming out on Brisbane Road,” Mr Christmas told News Ltd.

“It will stop the traffic going through Main Beach.”

Meanwhile Sunland’s twin buildings for the Southport Spit are similar to the three buildings proposed for the old ABC site at Toowong by the same developer and architect, Iraqi-British architect Dame Zaha Hadid for Sunland’s Grace on Coronation project.

The Heart of the City advisory committee was set up by Gold Coast City Council in 2013 to advise on Surfer’s Paradise growth.

Mr Christmas believes developers could help fund the tunnel costs by making lease payments to use the state government Crown Land, which makes up most of the Southport Spit.

He suggests parkland be preserved on the north-eastern edge of the Spit.

Mayor Tom Tate said developers who had lodged applications on the Southport Spit should collectively consider transport options to improve transport problems on the Spit and submit them to Gold Coast City Council.

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