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Pallets in the paddock

Harvesting lucerne pallets in the paddock. New product release from Kroner. The Premos 5000.

Dry autumn?

Climate outlook April to June 2018
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 13:06

Mouse wars

Australia’s largest investment in research on the impact of mice on cropping has been announced by the Grains Research and Development Corporation.

Dairy West Vic

a series of videos targeted to different audiences tackling the issue of sustainability.

Cotton near Hay

Different moments captured during the 2016 and 2017 Cotton seasons across three farms at Hay in western NSW.
Saturday, 24 March 2018 08:36

Lamb redefined

A change in the definition of lamb has been officially endorsed by Sheep Producers Australia, following significant industry feedback, with WAFarmers applauding the decision.

Friday, 23 March 2018 12:30

Bold ag vision

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched a new initiative by the National Farmers’ Federation which aims to spark growth in Australia’s farm sector

Thursday, 22 March 2018 12:27

Bronzed butchers

It was a red carpet event for Australia’s best butchers when they won Bronze at the World Butcher’s Challenge in Ireland overnight.

Thursday, 22 March 2018 09:33

Quad safety

The ACCC has proposed major changes to improve the safety of quad bikes, including the introduction of a safety rating system, crush protection devices and mandatory minimum performance standards.
Tragically, quad bike accidents result in an average of 16 deaths in Australia each year. They also result in approximately six people per day attending a hospital emergency department and two of these requiring hospitalisation for serious injuries.
To help reduce the deaths and injuries associated with quad bikes, the ACCC is proposing a mandatory safety standard that:

  • adopts the US Standard and requires an additional rollover warning label
  • introduces a safety star rating system so safer vehicles get a higher rating
  • requires manufacturers to integrate an operator protection device, such as a crush protection device or roll over protection device in the design of new quad bikes
  • imposes minimum performance tests for dynamic handling, stability and mechanical suspension and requires that all wheels be able to rotate at different speeds.

“The ACCC believes a mandatory safety standard incorporating all of these elements is the best option to save lives and make quad bikes safer for everyone. We invite the public and stakeholders to have their say on this important safety proposal,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.
“The ACCC has considered a range of evidence and views in making this draft recommendation. We have consulted with industry representatives, quad bike manufacturers and retailers, farmers, consumers, academics, hospitals, health professionals, tourism operators, among many others.”
The ACCC has developed a Consultation Regulation Impact Statementhttps://www.accc.gov.au/sites/all/modules/extlink/extlink_s.png); width: 10px; height: 10px; padding-right: 12px; text-decoration: none; background-position: 2px center; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">(link is external), which details the proposed options to make quad bikes safer.
“I encourage stakeholders to consider the proposed options to improve the safety of quad bikes and make their submission by 4 May 2018, before we make a final recommendation to the Government mid-year” Mr Keogh said.
If you currently own or ride a quad bike, the ACCC strongly recommends that you follow safety advice on Product Safety Australiahttps://www.accc.gov.au/sites/all/modules/extlink/extlink_s.png); width: 10px; height: 10px; padding-right: 12px; text-decoration: none; background-position: 2px center; background-repeat: no-repeat no-repeat;">(link is external).
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Background
There are approximately 190,000 quad bikes in operation in Australia used for in workplaces, recreation, adventure tours and competitive racing. Currently about 16,000 quad bikes are sold each year in Australia and they are one of the leading causes of death and injury on Australian farms. Since 1 January 2011, 114 people have died in quad bike-related incidents.

Thursday, 15 March 2018 14:21

Kalyx on the go

Leading national Australian agricultural research company, Kalyx has announced that it will be investing over $1 million during the coming five years in a graduate technical training and employment program.

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