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Burnside SA vet announced as part of unique trace mineral challenge



Burnside veterinarian Colin Trengove has been announced as part of a panel of six eminent Australian beef, dairy and sheep experts who will mentor farmers in a new and unique challenge.

The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge will see each of these industry leaders teamed up with an Australian farmer to provide specialist on-farm mentoring around the use of Multimin trace mineral injections for beef, dairy and sheep.
 
Dr Trengove is a highly qualified vet with interests in farm nutrition, management and animal health. He is a co-founder of the Australian Precision Ag Laboratory (APAL) in Adelaide which provides a soil, plant tissue and water testing service to South Australia.
 
Working as the Managing Director at Pro Ag Consulting, Dr Trengove is also a lecturer in small ruminant medicine at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, University of Adelaide, Roseworthy.
 
The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge is the latest national marketing campaign from Virbac Australia that will see up to seven Australian farmers receive 12 months free use of Multimin and the chance to share in prizes valued at over $31,000.
 
Dr Jerry Liu, Livestock Nutrition Product Manager at Virbac Australia said that this is an extraordinary opportunity for farmers to have some of the best animal nutrition and animal health advice on their property.
 
“Trace minerals are essential elements for healthy sheep and cattle. We know that during high demand periods such as joining, weaning and birthing, animals have higher requirements for certain trace minerals.”

Multimin injections are designed as a trace mineral top-up to improve the performance of cattle and sheep when they need it most.”
 
“The vets involved in the Challenge are pivotal to its success - they will play a major role in educating farmers in the use of Multimin to improve animal fertility and health and ultimately the farm’s financial bottom line.”
 
“Dr Trengove will offer a wealth of experience and knowledge to the challenge. His experience in whole farm nutrition focused on soil, plant and animal interaction in livestock production, health and management will be invaluable to our southern challenger,” he said.
 
Dr Trengove said he is looking forward to working with the South Australian challenger to improve the performance of their livestock.
 
“The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge offers a great opportunity for me as a mentor to work closely with a producer to carefully evaluate the benefit of using Multimin trace mineral injections to address trace element deficiencies in a controlled farm study. This will avoid the mystery that often arises from inappropriate use of products in poorly designed farm-based observations.”

The challenge will be followed world-wide via social media with challengers providing regular updates, blogs and videos of their progress.
 
At the end of the 12-month challenge period, the mentors will shortlist the top performing challengers and voting will open to the public to select an overall winner.

The most successful challenger will win an overseas experience of a lifetime for two and free Multimin for an additional 12 months. First prize is valued at more than $21,000 and will offer professional development tailored to the winning challenger and their farm. Second and third prize challengers will receive a further six months free Multimin valued at over $5,000 each.
 
Entries close on January 31st for the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge. Farmers are encouraged to take a look at the website and enter.
 
For more information or to enter the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge go to:
au.virbac.com/multiminchallenge
 
Editors note:
Other expert mentors joining Dr Trengove from around Australia include:
 
Dr Amanda Dunn - Katherine Vet Care, NT
Amanda is an associate veterinarian at Katherine Veterinary Care Centre, NT. Amanda has extensive experience in large scale farming and has an interest in production improvement, fertility and nutrition.
 
Dr Craig Dwyer – Smithton Veterinary Service, TAS
Craig is a veterinarian and President of the Australian Cattle Vets. Craig is based in Tasmania and has a particular interest in cattle nutrition, reproduction and bull fertility.
 
Dr Enoch Bergman – Swans Veterinary Services, WA
From Colorado, USA Enoch is a veterinarian and was previously the president of the Australian Cattle Vets. Enoch has an interest in Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV) and established Australia’s first commercial laboratory for the diagnosis of animals Persistently Infected with BVDV. 
 
Dr Susan Swaney – Virbac Australia, VIC
Susan is a veterinarian and Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia. Based in Victoria, Susan is an expert in recent advances in parasitology, nutrition and vaccination.
 
Dr Matthew Ball – Virbac Australia, NSW & QLD
Matthew is veterinarian at Beacon Veterinary in Northern NSW. He is also the Technical Services Manager – Livestock at Virbac Australia. Matthew has a particular interest in helping farmers develop practical and preventable animal health programs for their stock.
 
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  1. Dr Colin Trengove, Managing Director at Pro Ag Consulting