The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-11T01:30:27Z Hero cow that took ‘unbelievable’ swim through NSW floodwater receives mineral reward 2017-05-11T01:30:27Z hero-cow-that-took-unbelievable-swim-through-nsw-floodwater-receives-mineral-reward Hero cow that took ‘unbelievable’ swim through NSW floodwater receives mineral reward A pregnant cow that survived a massive swim through floodwaters on the NSW north coast has received a free health boost following the awe-inspiring effort. The Angus-cross cow, known as Debbie, became a local hero in April after managing to swim from Lismore to Ballina during the recent floods that ravaged parts of the state’s north. What made Debbie’s effort all the more remarkable was that she was heavily pregnant at the time. In the wake of the incredible story, animal health company Virbac Australia has administered Debbie with Multimin - an injectable source of zinc, manganese, copper and selenium – to help get her back to full health following the incredible ordeal. Virbac also administered drench, vaccine and other medication free of charge, to the rest of farmer Tony Ivey's cattle at his Gundurimba property, east of Lismore, which was hard hit by the floods. Virbac’s technical vet Dr Matthew Ball administered the free nutrition injections on Monday, 8 May 2017. Mr Ivey said Debbie, and his other remaining Brangus cattle, would benefit from the vet’s visit to the farm. “The length of time that Debbie spent in the water is unreal. It’s a long time in the water, days and days. It was just unbelievable that she made it out okay,” he said. “She floated 70 kilometers down the river before being found and has been struggling a bit since, so it great to give her a boost.” Dr Ball said like the rest of the community, he had been amazed by Debbie’s superhuman effort. “We heard about Debbie’s story of the swimming cow and it really struck a chord with us. We thought we could help given she was stressed, in late gestation, and looked very copper deficient.,” Dr Ball said. “We are excited about helping her and the rest of Tony’s remaining cattle with Multimin as it can help improve all of those things as it assists to top up trace minerals close to high demand periods.” Multimin significantly and quickly lifts the trace mineral status of cattle and is ideal for events like joining, calving, marking, and weaning when nutrition demand increases. It helps provide trace minerals essential for optimal health, production and fertility and is delivered via a water-based injection. - Ends – Photo caption: Dr Matthew Ball, Technical Veterinarian with Virbac Australia injects Tony Ivey's cattle with Multimin_8.5.2017. Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of pet care products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. Leading South African vet to showcase trace mineral impact on bull fertility in Australian tour 2017-04-04T00:00:22Z leading-south-african-vet-to-showcase-trace-mineral-impact-on-bull-fertility-in-australian-tour Prominent South African veterinarian Dr Martin Ferreira will touch down in Australia this week for a tour highlighting the benefits of trace minerals on bull fertility and semen quality. Dr Ferreira, whose current research investigates the effect of injectable trace minerals on bull semen quality and its freezing and fawning, arrives on Saturday April 8 and will present at six events across Australia on the six-day tour. A guest of Virbac Australia, Dr Ferreira will present on the latest in trace mineral science and how trace minerals can assist in bull fertility and semen quality. The tour is targeted at cattle veterinarians, reproduction professionals, and beef/dairy producers and aims to improve knowledge and understanding of trace minerals, which are essential for fertility and optimal production in beef and dairy cattle. Virbac Australia Livestock Nutrition Specialist, Dr Jerry Liu, said the tour was a chance for industry participants to hear from Dr Ferreira, who has over 24 years consulting experience with leading South African animal health companies. “We are excited to be hosting Dr Ferreira, who will present cutting edge, world class information to Australian industry professionals and beef and dairy producers,” Dr Liu said. “For beef and dairy producers, the chance to learn the latest in trace mineral science from a global expert is truly unique.” He said in addition to his trace minerals work, Dr Ferreira had over 26 years of experience as a professional vet, with his work taking him to many parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia and Uganda. “With Dr Ferreira’s current area of research being the effects of trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, it’s a unique opportunity to hear from a global leader in the field,” Dr Liu said. “Dr Ferreira has also provided productivity consultation for beef, dairy and feedlot operations as well as operating his own cattle property for 21 years.” Dr Ferreira is scheduled to speak at locations including Camden in NSW, Gippsland and Western Region in Victoria, and Toowoomba and Rockhampton in Queensland, on the tour. Whilst the events are invitation only, Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Ferreira during his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. State Date Time Town Where NSW Saturday 8th April 9:00 – 16:00 Camden, NSW The University of Sydney, Mayfarm VIC Sunday 9th April Dinner time Gippsland, VIC TBA VIC Monday 10th April 11:30 – 13:00 Ensay, VIC Little River Inn (64-70 Johnston St) VIC Tuesday 11th April 10:30 – 12:00 Gazette, VIC Moyle Pathfinder Angus (2126 MacArthur-Penshurst Rd) 14:00 – 15:30 Camperdown, VIC Total Livestock Genetics (4969 Princes Highway) QLD Wednesday 12st April 12:30 – 15:00 East Toowoomba, QLD Toowoomba Motel (2 Burnage St) 18:30 onwards Toogoolawah, QLD South East Country Vets (31 Cairnscroft St) WA Thursday 13th April 10:00 – 12:30 North Rockhampton, QLD Park Avenue Hotel (Cnr Haynes & Main St) Media Opportunity Dr Martin Ferreira will deliver a presentation on bull fertility and semen quality, and how trace minerals can help. Interview opportunity with Dr Martin Ferreira, - Ends - Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Martin Ferreira: Martin Ferreira is a veterinarian specialist in herd health and preventative medicine. He completed his Masters of Veterinary Medicine (Bovine) at the University of Pretoria in 2000 and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Pretoria. His area of research investigates the effect of injectable trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, and its freezing and fawning. Mr Ferreira has over 26 years of veterinary experience in mixed practice, and over 24 years of experience working as a consultant for various animal health companies in South Africa. His work has taken him to various parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia & Uganda. Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of pet care products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com. Barber’s pole a risk for southern sheep graziers this summer 2016-12-12T06:02:04Z barber-s-pole-a-risk-for-southern-sheep-graziers-this-summer A leading Victorian Veterinarian is warning southern sheep producers to act early on worms this summer, or risk poor animal health and pasture contamination in 2017. Hamilton-based Consultant, Dr Graham Lean of Agrivet Business Consulting, says high subsoil moisture and prolonged cool weather in southern Victoria and Tasmania has created prime conditions for worm production. “Worms are a major risk this summer, because of continual worm pick up and heavy worm burden that have accumulated due to the prolonged wet and cool conditions. So, it’s a very dangerous time for sheep to be grazing from a worm point-of-view,” Dr Lean said. “Roughly 40 percent of worms dropped on pasture now will turn into infected larvae being picked up by sheep next year in southern Victoria. That’s a high survival rate, so it is critical that it is stopped now.” Dr Lean says the conditions are reminiscent of the 2010 / 2011 season at this point in time, and it is imperative that producers drench their livestock as soon as possible if they haven’t recently done it already, so they are protected if the summer continues to be wet. “It’s a big risk this season, so I think it’s good to warn people. There is a potential to open yourself up for barber’s pole worm and small brown stomach worm and that certainly happened in 2011. It’s not a high risk, but it is certainly there,” Dr Lean said. “So, from a health and productivity perspective, it is very important not to delay that drench – the earlier, the better.” Dr Lean recommends producers use Cydectin Long Acting injection for sheep, which provides 91-day protection against barber’s pole worm and small brown stomach worm and up to 49-day persistent activity against black scour worm. “In a season like this, you will generally get worm pick-up after the first summer drench in November or December,” Dr Lean explained. “That is where Cydectin Long Acting injection for sheep is brilliant, because the alternative is to drench more frequently throughout the summer which increases the chance of worm resistance. So, you are better giving Cydectin Long Acting injection for sheep and having persistent control with less drenching.” Sheep Product Manager for Virbac Australia, Terrance Loughlin, agrees that an early long acting treatment is critical this year. “Because the season is late, some producers might delay their first summer drench, however this will mean that pastures stay contaminated for longer. Pasture contamination creates a significant risk of infection for vulnerable sheep such as weaners and hoggets. Obviously, the best way to minimise risk is to minimise contamination,” said Loughlin. Loughlin says a Cydectin Long Acting injection can negate the need for a second summer drench in the southern regions, which is particularly valuable following a wet winter. “Sheep producers in predominantly summer rainfall areas are quite familiar with the use of Cydectin Long Acting Injection for Sheep as a summer drench. Barber’s pole worm is of particular concern in northern NSW and southern Queensland sheep producers and they find that because Cydectin Long Acting is especially potent it is an important asset for combating barber’s pole worm,” said Loughlin. Dr Lean said drenching sheep for worms is a good investment. An MLA study looking at the costs of internal parasites showed that 80% of the costs of worms is in lost production most of which is not readily identifiable[1]. “Sheep aren’t worth $1.50 anymore – they are worth at least $150 a head and any reduction in productivity or increase in mortality risk is costly. So it is very profitable to keep sheep alive and healthy. Any delay of the first summer drench is really dicing with death,” Dr Lean said. “Clearly the game has changed a bit and it’s probably worth reminding people that livestock is worth a lot of money and they are grossing a lot of money. So the stakes are a lot bigger to do the job right.” Ends. For more information contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au [1] https://www.mla.com.au/research-and-development/search-rd-reports/final-report-details/Animal-Health-and-Biosecurity/Priority-list-of-endemic-diseases-for-the-red-meat-industries/2895 Virbac Australia's Commercial Manager recognised as a finalist in the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women's Award 2016-09-27T02:47:04Z virbac-australia-s-commercial-manager-recognised-as-a-finalist-in-the-2016-telstra-nsw-business-women-s-award Virbac Australia’s Commercial Manager, Sarah Hunter has been named as a finalist in the 2016 NSW Telstra Business Awards. The highly sought after Awards not only recognise Australia’s most exceptional business women but are a symbol of business excellence. John Embling, General Manager Virbac Australia said: “Sarah is one of the most senior women in the $1Bn animal health market in Australia and her selection as a finalist in these Awards is a fitting accolade and we are thrilled that her contribution to the industry has been given the recognition it deserves.” With experience spanning two decades and two continents, Sarah says she sees her role as a finalist as an opportunity to promote Australian agriculture - and animal health - as a vibrant and exciting industry in which to build a career. “I am a proud Agricultural Science graduate from the University of Sydney and I love to showcase the myriad – and sometimes not immediately obvious – pathways that exist for those whose passion is for agriculture and veterinary science,” she said. “It is also great to show the way in which progressive leadership and business approaches fit naturally with creative problem-solving - a cornerstone of both agricultural and veterinary innovation” she added. Since joining Virbac Australia in 2004, Sarah and her team have been unlocking value at all levels by asking, “why not?” and breaking new ground in the way they do business and she says, anyone can do it. “All you need is to be prepared to test yourself, back yourself and not be afraid to tread a different path to everyone else.” Sarah is a finalist in the Corporate and Private Award category and will attend the Gala Dinner at Doltone House in Pyrmont on 11 October 2016 where the 2016 Telstra NSW Business Women’s Award winners will be announced. “We wish Sarah every success at the Awards and hope to see her contend the national award next month,” said John. Ends. Key nutritional factors to consider for sheep at weaning time 2016-09-09T03:45:40Z key-nutritional-factors-to-consider-for-sheep-at-weaning-time As we head into this critical time of year – weaning time, sheep producers are being reminded of the importance nutrition plays in managing stress and easing transition for both ewes and lambs. Terrance Loughlin, Sheep Product Manager for Virbac Australia says one of the most important factors for sheep producers to consider during this time is managing trace minerals in weaners. 2015 Farmer of the year finalist, Mr Paul Routley, agrees a trace mineral top up at weaning time is critical in keeping his lambs healthy and balanced, and he is a big supporter of MULTIMIN (Copper-Free) to help achieve this. Paul and his wife, Dalles Routley, run ‘Almondvale’ near Urana in the Riverina with their family. On their 2230 hectares, the Routleys run about 1300 hectares of cereal and pulse crops, and the balance is for 500 poll ewes joined to White Suffolks for prime lamb production, 1500 poll stud ewes joined to Bond and Poll Merino rams, and 650 stud White Suffolk ewes joined to White Suffolk rams. “We’ve been using MULTIMIN (Copper-Free) for many years,” says Paul. “We always like to give our prime lambs a shot at marking, and our self-replacing lambs get a shot at weaning, just to keep them balanced.” “Most of the time, we can get half to two thirds of our prime lambs off as suckers straight from their mothers. Last year we sold lambs at 15 weeks old at an average of 25.8 kg carcass weight. MULTIMIN (Copper-Free) helps give them a real boost there,” says Paul. Latest research into mineral science has found that livestock exhibit performance benefits as a result of a rapid and balanced trace mineral top up, even in areas absent of trace mineral deficiencies. MULTIMIN (Copper-Free), delivered by a simple injection, provides a rapidly absorbed, and much needed top-up of zinc, manganese, and selenium that will help weaners transition off their mothers reducing the effects of stress and ensuring they have a strong immunity. “By keeping lambs balanced with MULTIMIN (Copper-Free), you can keep the animal healthy. If they are healthy and balanced when they are weaned, they’ll stay on that plane of growth and they will utilise feed that they’ve got, far better than if they’re sulking and sitting in the corner,” Paul said. The economic losses associated with weaning, and the effects of separation stress during weaning, which can see lambs food intake drop and subsequently reduce mineral intake from pasture and other sources, can have a dramatic impact on early growth performance which can have a flow-on effect for the lambs long-term growth potential. Paul who is also the President of the Australian Bond Sheep Breeders Association and NSW President of the White Suffolk Breeders Group, says there’s no question about the benefits of trace mineral top up at weaning with MULTIMIN (Copper-Free). “I spend a lot of time judging at sheep shows and mentoring agricultural students and I always recommend MULTIMIN for weaners. It’s a very, very good investment.” “There’s a lot of people that run sheep and there’s people that live and breathe sheep. For me, there’s nothing better than going out and seeing a mob of sheep healthy and running around happy.” Mr Loughlin highlights the other key factors for sheep producers to consider during weaning include monitoring weights and condition scores, managing the available food on offer (FOO) and the use of supplementary feeding as required. “Condition scoring sheep is an easy and accurate method of estimating the condition or ‘nutritional wellbeing’ of your sheep flock. It requires an assessment of the amount of muscle and fat covering the backbone and the short ribs of each sheep and gives a picture of the sheep’s store of energy,” says Mr Loughlin. Condition scoring a mob at key times throughout the year gives producers important information to make better management decisions in order to reach condition score targets for joining, lambing, weaning and selling. For optimum production and profitability, weaners should be no less than a score of 2 and ewes should not be allowed to fall below 2.5 by weaning. Weighing weaners on a regular basis also allows you to assess the growth rates, and distinguish animals that need drafting off for special treatment and the need for supplementation. With monitoring the available food on offer, the close association between growth rate, bodyweight and mortality risk means that supplementary feeding may be a cost-effective option in weaners. “Small increases in weaning weight can greatly improve weaner survival,” says Mr Loughlin. “For instance, studies have shown a 14 kg weaner has a 34% lower risk of death than a 12 kg weaner, and a 20 kg weaner has a 22% lower risk of death than an 18 kg weaner.” Where supplementary feeding is being used, care must be taken to ensure the provision of a balanced diet that is economically feasible. “To maintain good rumen function and assist good animal health, supplementary feeding should satisfy the animals need for protein, energy, roughage and minerals,” says Mr Loughlin. “A high energy diet based on grain may require the addition of roughage, such as hay, to ensure good rumen function. Where cereal grains are used ground lime stone should be added at the rate of 1%.” For weaners, Mr Loughlin advises early selection of paddocks is a critical component of managing weaner performance and explains that ideal weaning paddocks should include high quality feed. “For mixed perennial pastures short green feed should be 1,200 – 1,500 Kg DM/ha, ideally with improved pasture species and 20% legume. Annual clover based pastures should be around 2000-2500 Kg DM/ha food on offer and in the cereal zone consider a special purpose fodder crop or good quality stubble.” “They should also have low grass seed infestation, such as barley grass or corkscrew and good quality, easily accessible water,” he added. For Paul and Dalles Routley, running a high quality registered sheep breeding stud means their prime lambs and self-replacing lambs have to be at their nutritional best. “Our weaners just bounce away, and the growth post-weaning, its right where we want them going year after year,” says Paul. To purchase MULTIMIN (Copper-Free), visit your local agricultural merchandiser. For more information, visit Virbac Australia’s website www.virbac.com.au Ends. For more information contact: Adam Arndell C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Leading US veterinarian to tour Australia showcasing the latest research in cattle-related trace mineral science. 2016-08-25T00:30:44Z leading-us-veterinarian-to-tour-australia-showcasing-the-latest-research-in-cattle-related-trace-mineral-science One of the USA’s leading technical services veterinarians, Dr Bob Gentry is about to tour Australia, highlighting the benefits of trace minerals in beef and dairy production. Dr Gentry, who works at Multimin USA Inc, will be travelling from Monday, 29th August to Friday 9th September as a guest of Virbac Australia. He’ll meet with rural merchandisers, local cattle veterinarians, scientists, as well as beef and dairy producers around Australia, in a series of talks that will take him across five different states. Trace minerals are essential for strong growth and optimal production in beef and dairy cattle, by regulating hundreds of bodily processes. Dr Gentry will present the latest in trace mineral science, the differences between injectable and oral trace minerals, the impact on cattle health, fertility, immunity and vaccine function, and the potential impact on profitability. Dr Jerry Liu, Livestock Nutrition Specialist for Virbac Australia, says “we are excited to be hosting Dr Gentry, who’ll present cutting edge, world class information to Australian rural merchandisers and beef and dairy producers.” Dr Gentry has over 35 years of experience as a professional vet, with a specific focus on beef cattle production, nutrition and reproduction. “For beef and dairy producers, the chance to learn the latest in trace mineral science from a global expert is truly unique,” concludes Dr Liu. Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Gentry during his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. State Date Time Town Where NSW Monday 29th August 9.00am – 11.00am Holbrook Holbook Library Complex 39 Young Street Holbrook NSW 2644 SA Monday 29th August 6.00pm – 8.30pm Mount Gambier Commodore on the Park Cnr Jubillee Highway & Penola Road Mount Gambier SA 5290 SA Tuesday 30th August 7.00am – 9.00am Mount Gambier Commodore on the Park Cnr Jubillee Highway & Penola Road Mount Gambier SA 5290 SA Tuesday 30th August 12.30pm – 3.00pm Willalooka Willalooka Tavern Riddoch Hwy Willalooka SA 5267 WA Wednesday 31st August 2.30pm – 3.30pm Bellvue The Farm Shop (CRT) Clayton Street Bellvue WA 6056 WA Thursday 1st September 11.00am – 2.00pm Bunbury Farm West Discovery 2016 Lighthouse Beach Resort Bunbury WA 6230 VIC Friday 2nd September 8.00am – 9.00am Pakenham Elders Pakenham Cnr Livestock Way & Koo Wee Rup Road Pakenham VIC 3810 VIC Friday 2nd September 10.00am – 1.00pm Wonthaggi ‘Kent Family Farm’ 289 Mill Road Woolamai VIC 3995 VIC Friday 2nd September 2.00pm – 3.15pm Leongatha Leongatha RSL Cnr Smith Street & Michael Place Leongatha VIC 3953 QLD Monday 5th September 10.00am – 12.30pm Rockhampton Park Avenue Hotel Cnr Haynes & Main St North Rockhampton QLD 4701 QLD Monday 5th September 5.30pm – 7.00pm Killarney Tannymoral Bowles Club 25 Oak St Tannymorel QLD 4372 QLD Tuesday 6th September 7.30am – 9.30am Toowoomba The Toowoomba Motel 2 Burnage St Toowoomba QLD NSW Tuesday 6th September 12.30pm – 2.00pm Glen Innes Glen Innes Services Club 120 Grey Street Glen Innes NSW 2370 NSW Tuesday 6th September 3.30pm – 5.00pm Guyra Rafters Restaurant 87 Malpas Street Guyra NSW 2365 NSW Tuesday 5th September 6.00pm – 9.00pm Armidale St Kilda Hotel 102-104 Rusden Street Armidale NSW 2350 NSW Wednesday 7th September 7.00am – 9.00am Walcha Walcha Vet Supplies Aberbaldie Road Walcha NSW 2354 NSW Wednesday 7th September 10.00am – 12.00pm Tamworth Frog & Toad Function Centre 238 Goonoo Goonoo Road South Tamworth NSW 2340 NSW Wednesday 7th September 6.00pm – 9.00pm Dubbo Cattleman's Country Motor Inn Whylandra Street Dubbo NSW 2830 NSW Thursday 8th September 10.00am – 12.00pm Orange Duntryleague Golf Club Woodward Street Orange NSW 2380 NSW Thursday 8th September 6.00pm – 9.00pm Goulburn Astor Hotel 93 Auburn St Goulburn NSW 2580 NSW Friday 9th September 7.00am – 9.00am Goulburn [Tentative] Astor Hotel 93 Auburn St Goulburn NSW 2580 NSW Friday 9th September 3.00pm – 5.00pm Camden Scibus 2 Broughton St Camden NSW 2570 Media Opportunity Interview opportunity with Dr Bob Gentry, Technical Services Veterinarian, Multimin USA Inc Interview opportunity with Dr Jerry Liu, Livestock Nutrition Specialist, Virbac Australia Interview opportunity with Dr Susan Swaney, Livestock Technical Veterinarian, Virbac Australia (VIC, SA, & WA events) Interview opportunity with Dr Matthew Ball, Technical Services Manager, Virbac Australia (QLD & NSW events) - Ends – Contact: Adam Arndell, C7EVEN Communications, 0403 372 889 / 02 6766 4513 Dr Bob Gentry: Dr Bob Gentry earned his DVM from Kansas State University in 1981. In 1996 he obtained a Certificate in Beef Cattle Production from the University of Nebraska. In 2009 he was awarded a President’s Award from the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. Dr Gentry spent 31 years in mixed-animal practice, predominantly working with beef cattle. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim in 2012, he worked as a faculty member at the University of Nebraska, lecturing on Beef Cattle Production medicine. Dr Gentry joined Multimin in 2014. His professional areas of interest are beef cattle production, nutrition and reproduction. Virbac Australia: Virbac (Australia) Pty Ltd is a specialist animal health company, with its core business in sheep and cattle products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, a wide range of petcare products for dogs and cats, plus a broad range of products for horses. Virbac Australia’s 2015 sales turnover was more than A$120 million. In Australia, Virbac employs around 260 personnel, all of whom are passionate about animal health. Virbac offers an injectable product called Multimin, designed to top-up important trace minerals (manganese, zinc, selenium and copper) in beef and dairy cattle. The focus of trace mineral supplementation has developed to beyond merely correcting deficiency symptoms. Strategic mineral supplementation is aimed at the optimisation of reproductive performance, immune function and growth, resulting in significant improvements in productivity and subsequently profitability. Further information on Multimin can be found here. MIKE BAIRD IS UP FOR ADOPTION! PETA NAMES GREYHOUND IN PREMIER'S HONOUR 2016-08-23T21:44:25Z mike-baird-is-up-for-adoption-peta-names-greyhound-in-premier-s-honour-1 For Immediate Release: 24 August 2016 Contact: Laura Weyman-Jones 0415 889 419; LauraWJ@peta.org.au Ashley Fruno +852 6718 4282 (Hong Kong); AshleyF@peta.org.au MIKE BAIRD IS UP FOR ADOPTION! PETA NAMES GREYHOUND IN PREMIER'S HONOUR Group Thanks Premier Baird for Racing Ban With Namesake Pup Sydney – In the wake of the Parliament of New South Wales' historic decision to end greyhound racing in the state, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia has sponsored and named a dog after Premier Mike Baird. Last night’s vote to pass the legislation through the lower house means anyone who conducts greyhound races in the state after July 2017 could face a year in jail. Three-year-old Mike the dog (photo available here) recently arrived at Friends of the Hound in Newcastle after being surrendered by a local racing owner. "Not unlike Mike Baird the politician, Mike Baird the dog loves a bit of exercise as well as spending time on the couch watching The Bachelor", says Friends of the Hound volunteer Kay Mills. "After spending the past three years running for his life, he deserves a loving home and family." New South Wales joins a list of governments around the world that have banned greyhound racing. In the industry, greyhounds are "discarded" once they're deemed too old, slow, or injured to race profitably. "Thanks to the Baird government, tens of thousands of dogs' lives will be saved", says PETA Australia Associate Director of Campaigns Ashley Fruno. "But the responsibility does not rest solely with policymakers, as everyone can do their part to ensure dogs like Mike finally get the life they deserve." PETA encourages all prospective dog guardians to adopt from an animal shelter instead of buying from pet stores or breeders. For more information about adopting Mike, go to FriendsOfTheHound.org.au or PETA.org.au. Interview Offer: vegetarian eating up 30 per cent in NSW 2016-08-16T22:45:03Z interview-offer-vegetarian-eating-up-30-per-cent-in-nsw Have you noticed that more and more people you know have stopped eating meat? The official numbers are in: during the past four years, vegetarian eating has boomed in Australia – and especially in New South Wales, where it has jumped more than 30 per cent. A poll released this week by Roy Morgan revealed that between 2012 and 2016, the number of Australian adults who eat "all or almost all vegetarian" foods rose from 1.7 million people (9.7 per cent of the population) to almost 2.1 million (11.2 per cent) – and vegetarian eating in New South Wales rose from 9.5 per cent to 12.4 per cent! Researchers also found that while more than 60.7 per cent of Australian adults are overweight or obese, the same is true for only 45.4 per cent of vegetarians, who tend to have a lower body mass index. And it seems that word is spreading about the health benefits associated with giving meat the chop, as more than half (53.4 per cent) of Aussies agree that they're "eating less red meat these days". Besides a slimmer waistline, there are many other benefits to eating vegetarian. Meat has been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, and the World Health Organisation has classified processed meat as carcinogenic and red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans. In addition to being bad for our health, animal agriculture is a leading contributor to "the most serious environmental problems, at every scale from local to global", according to the United Nations, which has also said that a global shift towards vegan eating is vital to combat the worst effects of climate change. And of course, there's the inexcusable suffering endured by the 600 million animals who are killed annually in Australia for their flesh. We'd be happy to arrange for a spokesperson to talk with you about the rise of vegetarian eating in Australia, so please let me know if you're interested. Warm regards, Laura Weyman-Jones Press Officer PETA Australia 0415 889 419 LauraWJ@peta.org.au Australian Golden Retriever now UK bestselling crime author 2015-11-24T05:02:57Z australian-golden-retriever-now-uk-bestselling-crime-author Monty Dog Detective is the Australian Golden Retriever who is rocketing up UK bestseller lists with his debut crime novel Monty & Me to be published in Australia for Christmas on 1 December by HarperCollins (Hardcover $22.99, eBook $4.99). The book is co-written with two-legged, canine linguistics translator, Louisa Bennet a.k.a Australian thriller writer L.A. Larkin. The funny mystery novel is attracting critical acclaim, described as “charming and uplifting” by UK Sunday Times’ number one bestselling crime author, Peter James. Now, fans can watch Monty Dog Detective go on his first author tour, with a host of appearances. Have a chuckle! Like and share, if you enjoy. #montyandme Facebook Monty DogDetective Twitter @MontyDogD montydogdetective.com/ Remember this holiday season #AdoptDontShop Monty Dog Detective and Louisa Bennet are available for interview. Want to be involved in the next Monty Dog Detective video? Contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | E emma@houseofrusher.com Monty Dog Detective - Bestselling Golden Retriever at his First Book Signing Monty Dog Detective - What Could Possibly Go Wrong Filming Dogs Monty Dog Detective - Dog Does Radio Interview Monty Dog Detective - Clever Dog Wows Readers at Bookshop Why did successful thriller author L.A. Larkin turn her hand to writing a funny mystery with a dog as the central character? Louisa Bennet’s personal goal behind the Monty & Me and videos is to provide a platform to advocate for rescue dogs and help put an end to puppy farming. ‘Humour is a great way to touch on difficult and emotive subjects in a way that’s entertaining and poignant. If readers and social media friends engage with Monty, the dog hero in the book, they’re engaging with a dog that’s rescued from the pound and adopted by a young detective. A positive message.’ Louisa has two Golden Retrievers. Pickles is the inspiration for the character of Monty and came from a breeder she thoroughly checked out, meeting the dog’s parents and checking out their living conditions and health. Lilly is a rescued dog from Golden Retriever Rescue NSW. ‘If you’re thinking of buying a puppy for Christmas, please don’t buy one from a pet shop or online. You have no idea what conditions the dog’s parents live in or if they have health issues that have been passed onto the pups. The RSPCA estimates that 95% of dogs sold in pet shops come from puppy farms and backyard breeders.’ Kindest Emma Veterans Week Family Fun Day 2015-09-29T02:58:53Z veterans-week-family-fun-day Veterans Health Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Sunday 11th October 11:00am – 17:00 Semaphore Foreshore + Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL 10 Semaphore Road Cost free / donations Veterans Week Family Fun Day “PTSD affects everyone in the Family” Event Summary  Veterans’ Health Week Family Day will kick-off around 11am with a day of Fun, free and ticketed family entertainment. Families can enjoy carousel rides, inflatable games, a petting zoo, Face Painter, ARMY Display, Music, Activity games, and much more!  Many activities are free, some activities require a $2 donation and some are at cost. Pack your Picnic Rug and chairs, bring your own picnic or something from one of the nearby café’s and takeaways. There is also a BBQ Lunch which will be served from 12pm thanks to the Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Stick around for a Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) at 4:00pm at the nearby Semaphore & Port Adelaide RSL. Were all the Raffles and Prizes will be given out. Detailed list of activities: Petting Zoo free 11 – 3pm Inflatable Bounce free 11 – 1pm $2 Donation 1 – 3pm Carousel Rides free 11 – 1pm at Cost 1 – 3pm Mini Games and Races free 130 – 3pm Musician free 1pm Information Stands / Displays free 11 – 3pm o    ADF / Army o    DCO – Defence Community Organisation  Soldier On DVA – Department of Veterans’ Affairs Defence Shed / Semaphore Port Adelaide RSL Family Disco Karaoke (Bop till you Drop) free 4:00pm – 530pm  Musician free 530pm-7pm Family Fun Day is for Young Veterans’ / Current Serving ADF Personnel and their Families, Older Veterans and their Grand Children to enjoy time out together. Family Fun Day will take place down on the grass area on the Semaphore foreshore. The Event is an opportunity to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, activities that promote and maintain mental health and wellbeing of our veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families. Veteran’s will be able to connect with the local Community and other Veteran’s to help influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. Monies raised during the event will go towards the Semaphore Port Adelaide Defence Shed. See Defence Shed Wellness Holidays for Animal Lovers 2015-06-10T23:38:34Z wellness-holidays-for-animal-lovers Helping animal lovers get closer to nature whilst using their precious holiday time to enhance their well-being, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in wellness holidays worldwide, share their inspired collection of wellness holidays for animal lovers. From a wellness spa safari in South Africa, to an active horse riding escape in Utah’s Red Mountains, holidaymakers will love combining the experience of unforgettable animal encounters with revitalising wellness activities. In between animal encounters, keep active or relax and rejuvenate at these healthy retreats with a vast array of spa treatments, wellness activities and fitness classes. Offering everything from yoga and meditation to cycling and surfing, these inspiring wellness holidays for animal lovers are designed to keep you fit and healthy whilst traveling the world in search of your favourite furry and feathered friends. Safari in South Africa: Karkloof Safari Spa Passionate about the conservation of South Africa’s natural wildlife, encounter stunning wildlife at this luxury spa safari retreat, set within a 3,500 hectare reserve. Get up close and personal with South Africa’s stunning wildlife, including white rhino, hippo, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest and monkeys, whilst satisfying your twitching needs spotting flocks of ostrich and hearing the inspiring song of the African fish eagle. Ideal for a luxury spa holiday, relax and unwind after an exhilarating day with unlimited treatments in the award-winning spa. Dolphin Spotting in Portugal: Galo Resort Experience a magical marine encounter dolphin spotting at this luxury wellness retreat on the South East coast of Madeira. With large schools of dolphins swimming the waters of the Mid-Atlantic throughout the year, climb aboard and witness the beauty of wild dolphins in their natural habitat as they play amongst the waves. Whales also frequent these waters and may grace you with a once in a lifetime sighting. Complement this holiday experience with a variety of wellness activities at this luxury retreat, whether perfecting your yoga or unwinding with rejuvenating Ayurveda spa treatments. Tropical Wildlife in Central America: Costa Rica Discover Recover Explore one of the world’s most richly bio-diverse environments in tropical Costa Rica, the ideal destination for an adventure holiday. Zipline through the forest canopy surrounded by the unforgettable call of howler monkeys, before spotting iguanas, toucans, sloths, butterflies and hummingbirds on a jungle crocodile safari tour or Veragua rainforest park tour. Mix things up with a cultural coffee plantation tour, a San Jose city tour, or revive at Volcan Arenal’s hot springs and enjoy dinner with a view of the glowing volcano. Recover from your adventures at your luxury wellness retreat, with spa treatments, reviving surfing and calming yoga. Horse Riding in Utah: Red Mountain Resort Set in America’s infamous ‘Wild West’ explore the sublime views of Utah’s natural Red Mountain range on horseback. Enrich your health and fitness as you follow your love of horse riding by traversing through the scenic Snow Canyon State Park on these magnificent pedigree horses. Out of the saddle, keep active with daily hikes and a variety of fitness activities, from rock climbing to bootcamp training and kayaking to kickboxing. Soothe aching muscles after a busy day with yoga or Tai Chi, before indulging with a rejuvenating spa massage. Scuba Diving in the Maldives: Maalifushi Learn to dive and gain PADI certification in one of the world’s best diving destinations, on this luxury wellness holiday for marine life lovers.  Dive in and explore the crystalline waters of the Indian Ocean, boasting an abundance of marine life; including whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and beautifully vibrant corals and schools of fish. Make a splash above the water with a surfing lesson, before rejuvenating after a day in the ocean with luxurious spa treatments or complimentary yoga classes in the open-air yoga pavilion. Camel Riding in Morocco: Paradis Plage If you’ve already got the t-shirt for horse riding on holiday, spice things up on your next wellness holiday with a camel ride across the beaches of Morocco. Experience the ultimate in dessert transportation and cruise along the beautiful golden sands of Agadir on a camel. With an oceanfront yoga pavilion and three scheduled group yoga classes a day, Paradis Plage is the ideal beach retreat for a spa, surf and holiday. Make the most of your surroundings with activities from surfing, to mountain biking and nature walks. Meet Rescued Animals in Thailand: Thailand Discover Recover Discover a humbling holiday experience by meeting over 400 rescued animals at the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre in Thailand. From orphaned baby monkeys to injured lorises and civets, help out by giving a rescued elephant a shower and learn how the work of the trust is helping Thailand’s most beautiful and endangered creatures. From Health and Fitness Travel’s exclusive Discover Recover collection, explore Thailand’s cultural surroundings on a temple tour or visit to the Damnern Saduak Floating Market, before taking part in a traditional Thai cooking class. Recover after an awe-inspiring few days, with luxurious spa treatments and complimentary fitness classes, at a choice of wellness retreats. For advice, guidance and booking visit www.healthandfitnesstravel.com.au or call 1300 551 353 NETGEAR announces world's first 100% wireless high-definition smart house security camera 2015-03-26T05:23:06Z netgear-announces-world-s-first-100-wireless-high-definition-smart-house-security-camera SYDNEY, Australia — 26 March, 2015 —NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR) (www.netgear.com.au), a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers, is today launching in Australia a breakthrough in self-monitored home security with its new Arlo™ Smart Home Security Camera (www.Arlo.com/au). It will be available from today at all major retailers. Arlo is the first and only 100 percent wireless WiFi security camera with crystal-clear, high definition video. Monitor your home from every possible angle, inside or out, with these outdoor-ready cameras that are equipped with night vision to give you HD video around the clock. The combination of easy installation, battery-operated true wireless design, and weatherproof construction provides you with the ability to set up a camera wherever you want, without worrying about finding a power outlet or the hassle of inconvenient power cords. The clean compact design of the Arlo camera – smaller than a bar of soap – takes up minimal space so you can easily and discreetly place them where you want – from the baby’s room to the tree trunk in the front yard, or on the backyard fence. Arlo’s real-time notifications give you peace of mind that your home, children, pets, car, holiday house, small business, or any other site of importance, is being monitored. You’ll get email or app notifications with best-in-class cloud access on your smartphone or tablet. With the intuitive free Arlo app, you can watch live streamed or recorded videos, see motion event recordings, customise activity alerts and arm/disarm motion-sensors. Arlo will alert you instantly if an event occurs, and you can tap into as many as four simultaneous camera streams to watch from your desktop, notebook computer or favourite mobile device. You’ll never again have to wonder if your children arrived home safely, if the package was delivered as planned, whether you left the garage door open, or what (or who) is getting into your rubbish bins at night! There is an overwhelmingly positive response from consumers to the prospect of a fully connected smart home, according to research from GfK.** “As consumers become more tech savvy they increasingly rely on technology to support and manage their lifestyle,” says Norrelle Goldring, Spokesperson for GfK Australia. “This is evidenced in Australia where sales of smart devices, when taken together, now outsell traditional devices. Share of WiFi is increasing in almost all technical consumer goods product categories.” Demand for connected home products is on the rise here in Australia, with retailer JB Hi-Fi seeing continued growth in the category. “We have entered the growth stage of the “Connected Home”, says Bruce Thierbach, JB Hi-Fi, General Manager IT and Accessories. “Products that allow us to control and secure our home environment are now finally in the hands of consumers, they will add real value and this is only the start. These products, such as lighting system controls, power saving plugs and home security and monitoring devices are easy to set up and they remove the cost of expensive wiring and programing, opening up our customers to the world of Secure, Monitor and Automate. We welcome Arlo to the market, being one of the first products to fit these criteria.” The Arlo camera is designed to enable devices to communicate with one another and even act as triggers for other connected devices. NETGEAR is partnering with innovative Internet of Things (IoT) device manufacturers to further enhance the Arlo Home Security Camera. To that end, NETGEAR has formed a partnership with LiFX® (LiFX.co), a leading provider of WiFi and mesh radio enabled, multi-color, LED light bulbs. The integration of LiFX light bulbs will bring endless manipulation of home lighting to Arlo customers. Stay tuned for the exciting developments of this partnership and others throughout 2015. “With the explosive growth and early adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT), consumers are telling us they value smart devices that help them monitor property and loved ones to give them peace of mind,” said Pat Collins, vice president of smart home products at NETGEAR. “But not everyone needs a professionally-monitored, expensive security system with 24/7 surveillance, and on-call personnel. Furthermore, people want to place cameras in places where a power outlet is difficult to come by. Arlo is the only camera that can deliver secure monitoring in HD, without the need for a power outlet at all. Because the camera is battery operated, you can take it anywhere inside a perimeter of up to 150 feet from the base station. Because it’s easy to initialise with a push of a button, setup is seamless.”Key Features of Arlo Smart Home Security Camera The Arlo Smart Home Security Camera offers many desirable capabilities and benefits that will make remote monitoring hassle-free, day or night, indoors or out: ·       Patented 100 percent wire-free design for easy placement and convenient relocation from room to room ·       Stunning HD detail (720p resolution) with a wide 130-degree field of view to catch the activities you need to see ·       Night vision for crystal-clear images even in the dark ·       Robust, weatherproofed double-shell case for maximum protection from sun, wind, rain, snow and curious pets and children ·       Motion sensors activate customisable alerts for real-time email or app notifications ·       Easy setup with magnetic mounts for installing multiple cameras in minutes ·       Compact, discreet form factor for inconspicuous placement ·       Ultra-low power consumption with long-lasting battery life up to 6 months* ·       Secure cloud storage infrastructure and up to four concurrent camera streams to mobile or desktop browsers ·       Free apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets and for the Kindle™ for watching live streamed or recorded videos  Pricing and Availability The NETGEAR Arlo Smart Home Security Kits start with one camera (VMS3130) available from $349 and go all the way up to three camera kits from all major retailers. Add-on cameras (VMC3030) will be sold separately from $249. Items sold separately require an existing Arlo Smart Home Security Kit. The Arlo Smart Home Security Camera Kits include: ·       HD outdoor cameras (number of cameras vary depending on kit purchased) equipped with motion sensors and night vision capability ·       Smart home base station that can also “talk” to other connected devices ·       Four magnetic dome mounts per camera– two for securing each camera wherever you need it, and two extra mounts to make moving each camera around the home easy ·       200 MB of free cloud storage for videos ·       Free apps for displaying and managing the cameras and video from iOS or Android™ smartphones and tablets ·       Access via popular browsers on Mac® computers and PCs  More Information Learn more about NETGEAR Arlo Smart Home Security at www.Arlo.com/au. About NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. For consumers, the company makes high performance, dependable and easy to use home networking, storage and digital media products to connect people with the Internet and their content and devices. For businesses, NETGEAR provides networking, storage and security solutions without the cost and complexity of big IT. The company also supplies top service providers with retail-proven, mobile broadband solutions for their customers on the go. NETGEAR products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless, Ethernet and Powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 45,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 36,000 value-added resellers. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in over 25 countries. NETGEAR is an ENERGY STAR® partner. More information is available at www.NETGEAR.com or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR at twitter.com/NETGEAR and www.facebook.com/NETGEAR.  ©2015 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, and Arlo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand names mentioned herein are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective holder(s). Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved. *Battery life may vary depending on usage.**GfK, Tech Trends 2015 Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR's business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Turtles will be home for Christmas 2014-12-15T08:17:40Z turtles-will-be-home-for-christmas Santa had an early Christmas gift for two green turtles from Australia's Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital this morning (15 December, 2014), as they were successfully returned to the wild at Alma Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland, Australia in time for Christmas. The two turtles, named Buffy and Tuesday, were found injured in the waters surrounding Magnetic Island – 20 minutes off the coast of Townsville, North Queensland – earlier this year and, after some rehabilitation, are now healthy enough to return to their feeding grounds. Approximately 300 people formed a guard of honour leading Buffy and Tuesday into the ocean and while Tuesday was cautiously slow to make her way down the sand an into the water, speedster Buffy was clearly eager to get home, quickly taking off as soon as she smelled the salt water. Reef HQ Aquarist, Krystal Huff said today's release provided a great opportunity for the community to not only see turtles in the wild, but to get a first-hand glimpse at the work conducted by the Turtle Hospital. "Releasing turtles back into the wild is easily the best part of my job," said Ms Huff. "It's a bitter-sweet experience, because we do get to know each of the turtles and their different personalities while they're in the hospital, and it's like saying goodbye to a friend; but it's very, very rewarding." SeaLink Queensland, which manages the ferry service between Magnetic Island and mainland Townsville, has ensured the Turtle Hospital will be able to continue its work by donating just over $8,500 to Reef HQ Aquarium and the Magnetic Island Network for Turtles (MINT) at the release. SeaLink Queensland's General Manager Paul Victory said the donation would support wildlife tourism through programs designed to educate people and give them the chance to get up close with the natural wildlife found on and around Magnetic Island. "We want to find initiatives that educate people or provide opportunities for people to get up close to wildlife -- they'll be projects such as open days and specials occasions like today's turtle release that we think will help get people closer to nature and discover the abundant opportunities there are to do so on Magnetic Island," said Mr Victory. "The Christmas school holidays are a great opportunity to do just that. One of the great things about Magnetic Island is you can swim all year round, you can see the rock wallabies, the birds here are amazing, you can feed sea eagles on the Aqua Scene Tour and our bush trails are great -- you'll even start to see some waterfalls as the rain comes." Reef HQ Aquarium's Director Fred Nucifora said Buffy and Tuesday are expected to stay around Magnetic Island, as turtles are very loyal to their feeding grounds. "All the reports coming in say that the seagrass beds around Magnetic Island are recovering well following Cyclone Yasi, and MINT will be on the ground here on Magnetic Island keeping a close eye out for Buffy and Tuesday -- I think there's nothing but a positive future for both those young turtles," said Mr Nucifora. "It's an amazing feeling for myself, the staff and our volunteers to be part of the turtles' rehabilitation process, but the key focus of the Reef HQ Aquarium Turtle Hospital is community engagement. Yes, rehabilitation is vitally important, but intergenerational change through education is critical to the ongoing sustainability of turtle populations in the marine park," said Mr Nucifora. "Just seeing the number of young faces on the beach here today is really, really heartening because these young people will be the future custodians of the Great Barrier Reef and the animals that live there. The kids being here, and becoming more aware of turtles and the importance of the role they play in the environment, as well as some of the challenges they face from human activity, will better position them to be our decision makers in the future." If you find a sick or injured turtle, please contact 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625) for assistance. High resolution photos are available for download at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xjag4e5e51z1kp8/AABTz6YbTM24x5ktUq7T4Gi6a?dl=0 Inspiring Women Calendar 2015 targets $20,000 for animals 2014-11-05T21:41:11Z inspiring-women-calendar-2015-targets-20-000-for-animals THE first Inspiring Women Calendar aims to raise $20,000 for the Animal Welfare League of Qld (AWLQ) to re-home 40 pets when it is officially launched on November 14 at the Urban Paradise Gallery in Surfers Paradise. Calendar founder Karen Low, of Inspiring Change Now, said the idea came to her ‘within five seconds’ at an Inspiring Women of the Gold Coast event in May this year. “I’m passionate about animals, the environment, supporting people to achieve their goals, making a positive, sustainable difference and I’ve always wanted to be body painted!” Ms Low said. “It’s about inspiring women who are community minded and supporting animals.” The calendar features women body painted by artist Robyn Janetzki as animals to raise funds for animals and most feature in the month of their birthdays. They include for January - Aldwyn Altuney (lion); February - Trudy Vesotsky (peacock); March - Donna Fisher (weedy seadragon); April - Jo Kane (bilby); May - Julie Kay (golden retriever); June - Annette Spanski (rainbow lorikeet); July - Kobe Steele (orangutan); August - Ro London (sea turtle); September – Karen Low (tiger); October - Kerry Fitzgibbon (southern corroboree frog); November - Simone Sleep (lizard) and December - Taflyn Fiola (sugar glider). The cover photo is model Alana Nicholls, who was painted as a butterfly. Ms Low said the AWLQ cared for about 10,000 stray and abandoned animals annually from south-east Queensland.  “They receive no government funding for welfare work, relying predominantly on the community for support,” she said. “The AWLQ cannot continue its welfare work, caring for homeless animals without the financial support of the community.  The direct costs involved in re-homing each animal are about $500.” She said the charity fundraising project was important to support animals and raise awareness for amazing organisations and people within the community, who often gave so much to others without acknowledgement or recognition.  “The Inspiring Women Calendar 2015 acknowledges inspiring women supporting the welfare and humane treatment of animals and pets that need re-homing,” she said. “I plan to continue releasing a calendar each year, supporting a charity or community organisation, as animals, community and making a difference are important to me and close to my heart.” The calendar launch on Friday, November 14, will be at the Urban Paradise Gallery, in Piazza building, 3221 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise, from 7-10pm. Entry is $25, which includes a calendar, drink on arrival, nibbles, art auction, live body painting, laser light show, music and raffles. To book or purchase a calendar for $15, go to www.inspiringchangenow.com.au and connect on www.facebook.com/InspiringChangeNow