The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2018-01-22T05:08:45Z Esperance WA vet announced as part of unique trace mineral challenge 2018-01-22T05:08:45Z esperance-wa-vet-announced-as-part-of-unique-trace-mineral-challenge Esperance veterinarian Enoch Bergman 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. From Colorado, USA Dr Bergman has been practicing vet in Esperance for 14 years. He 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. Previously the president of the Australian Cattle Vets, Dr Bergman has sampled thousands of local animals for hundreds of clients attempting to benchmark their animal’s micro mineral status to allow targeted supplementation. 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 Bergman will offer a wealth of experience and knowledge to the challenge. His experience in trace mineral supplementation and improving producer’s profitability will be invaluable to our western challenger,” he said. Dr Bergman said he is looking forward to working with the Western Australian challenger to improve the performance of their livestock. “Deficiencies of copper, cobalt, and/or selenium are exceptionally common in the Esperance area. I believe appropriate and timely micro mineral supplementation is a key production driver for WA producers. I have seen first-hand some of the benefits that Multimin is delivering and am keen to work as a Multimin Performance Ready Challenge mentor to further document the value Multimin can deliver to Australian beef, sheep, and dairy producers.” 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 Bergman 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 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. Dr Colin Trengove – Pro Ag Consulting, SA Colin is a veterinarian and Managing Director of Pro-Ag Consulting in South Australia. Colin has more than 30 years experience and interest working in whole farm nutrition and animal health. - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Enoch Bergman, veterinarian at Swans Veterinary Services Geelong VIC vet announced as part of unique trace mineral challenge 2018-01-22T05:03:15Z geelong-vic-vet-announced-as-part-of-unique-trace-mineral-challenge Geelong veterinarian Susan Swaney 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 Swaney is a highly qualified vet and a graduate of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Science. She farms prime lambs and beef cattle and has a particular interest in parasitology. Within Virbac, Susan has been instrumental in running a number of trials in sheep, beef and dairy cattle production, looking at the benefits of using both trace mineral products and parasiticides to their best advantage. 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 Swaney will offer a wealth of experience and knowledge to the challenge. Her experience in parasitology is remarkable and her trace mineral knowledge will be invaluable to our Victorian challenger,” he said. Dr Swaney said she is looking forward to working with the Victorian challenger to improve the performance of their livestock. “Trace minerals are essential for health and optimal production in beef, dairy and sheep by regulating hundreds of bodily processes. The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge gives producers from across Australia the chance to learn the latest in trace mineral science. I am looking forward to working with a producer to see how significantly they can increase their herd performance.” 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 Swaney 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 Colin Trengove – Pro Ag Consulting, SA Colin is a veterinarian and Managing Director of Pro-Ag Consulting in South Australia. Colin has more than 30 years experience and interest working in whole farm nutrition and animal health. 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 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. - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Susan Swaney, Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia Smithton TAS vet announced as part of unique trace mineral challenge 2018-01-22T04:57:56Z smithton-tas-vet-announced-as-part-of-unique-trace-mineral-challenge Smithton veterinarian Craig Dwyer 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 Dwyer is a highly qualified vet acting as Clinic Lead for Tasmanian practices. He worked in dairy practice in Smithton before continuing his career in England and Wales and then moving back to Tasmania to become partner at Smithton Veterinary Service. As current president of Australian Cattle Vets, Dr Dwyer has interests in cattle reproduction, bull fertility and nutrition. 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 Dwyer will offer a wealth of experience and knowledge to the challenge. His knowledge in ruminant nutrition and experience as Clinic Lead for Tasmanian practices will be invaluable to our state challenger,” he said. Dr Dwyer said he is looking forward to working with the Tasmanian challenger to improve the performance of their livestock. “I am really excited about being part of the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, being able to work closely with a producer to improve the production, profitability and welfare on farm is what a large animal vet is all about. Using science to monitor data and ensure the correct results are gained for the animals and farm with regards to trace elements is best practice and a great opportunity given to farmers by Virbac. Given that other farmers can watch the progress and see the results is a bonus for all, let’s hope Tasmania can track really well and take home the major prize.” 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 Dwyer from around Australia include: Dr Colin Trengove – Pro Ag Consulting, SA Colin is a veterinarian and Managing Director of Pro-Ag Consulting in South Australia. Colin has more than 30 years experience and interest working in whole farm nutrition and animal health. 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 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. - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Craig Dwyer, veterinarian at Smithton Veterinary Service Burnside SA vet announced as part of unique trace mineral challenge 2018-01-22T04:52:40Z 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. - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Dr Colin Trengove, Managing Director at Pro Ag Consulting Katherine NT vet announced as part of unique trace mineral challenge 2018-01-22T04:46:39Z katherine-nt-vet-announced-as-part-of-unique-trace-mineral-challenge Katherine veterinarian Amanda Dunn 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 Dunn is a highly qualified vet with an extraordinary passion for large scale farming. She has a particular interest in the development of the Northern Australian Cattle Industry and works with farmers to improve animal fertility and nutrition while keeping their business cost effective. Working as a veterinarian at Katherine Veterinary Care Centre, Dr Dunn is also an experienced inspector for the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and has an interest in the Australian cattle export market. 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 Dunn will offer a wealth of experience and knowledge to the challenge. Her experience is well rounded and her large-scale station knowledge will be invaluable to our northern challenger,” he said. Dr Dunn said she is looking forward to working with the North Australian challenger to improve the performance of their livestock. “Mineral deficiencies are all too often underestimated as a key hurdle in livestock performance and a producer’s bottom line. The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge is an exciting program, that I am pleased to be a part of, as it will demonstrate improved herd performance by a practical and attainable means.” 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 Dunn from around Australia include: Dr Colin Trengove – Pro Ag Consulting, SA Colin is a veterinarian and Managing Director of Pro-Ag Consulting in South Australia. Colin has more than 30 years experience and interest working in whole farm nutrition and animal health. 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. - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Dr Amanda Dunn, Veterinarian at Katherine Veterinary Care Centre Northern Rivers NSW vet announced as part of unique trace mineral challenge 2018-01-22T04:39:09Z northern-rivers-nsw-vet-announced-as-part-of-unique-trace-mineral-challenge Northern Rivers veterinarian Matthew Ball 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 Ball is a highly qualified vet and Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia. He has a strong passion for helping cattle farmers develop practical and profitable preventative health programs and shows a particular interest in disease surveillance. Owner of Beacon Veterinary, Dr Ball has many years of experience working in a mixed practice and emergency clinics and is also a trained teacher in agriculture and science. 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 Ball will offer a wealth of experience and knowledge to the challenge. He’s exceptionally knowledgeable about cattle production, and his ability to distil cutting edge science down to practical production applications will be of great value to our Queensland and NSW challengers,” he said. Dr Ball said he is looking forward to working with the Queensland and New South Wales challengers to improve the performance of their livestock. “Australia is an old continent with leached, often low nutrient, soils. With hard work and innovation, we produce some of the best livestock products in the world. I am excited to be a mentor for innovative farmers seeking improvements to the fertility and immunity in their herds or flocks. I have seen and measured the benefits trace mineral injections can have to livestock productivity and look forward to assisting those who are up to the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge.” 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 Ball 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 Colin Trengove – Pro Ag Consulting, SA Colin is a veterinarian and Managing Director of Pro-Ag Consulting in South Australia. Colin has more than 30 years experience and interest working in whole farm nutrition and animal health. 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. - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Matthew Ball, Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia Leading vets announced as farmer mentors for unique trace mineral challenge 2018-01-22T03:52:40Z leading-vets-announced-as-farmer-mentors-for-unique-trace-mineral-challenge Virbac Australia has confirmed their highly anticipated panel of some of Australia’s most well-regarded beef, dairy and sheep veterinarians for a challenge to benefit farmers around Australia. Virbac Australia’s latest national marketing campaign, the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge will see up to seven Australian farmers receive 12 months free use of Multimin whilst paired with an expert mentor veterinarian who will provide ongoing guidance designed to improve their animal fertility, health and ultimately their financial bottom line. The challenge will be followed world-wide via social media with challengers providing regular updates, blogs and videos of their progress. Dr Jerry Liu, Livestock Nutrition Product Manager, at Virbac Australia said this is a unique real-life challenge that will test on-farm performance results through the use of strategic trace mineral injections. “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,” Dr Liu said. “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. With challenger entries closing on January 31st for the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, Virbac Australia welcomes the six mentor experts to its panel from some of Australia’s most well-respected organisations. “Our professional mentors are some of the best in the industry. They will use their experience to guide and judge the challengers right through to the final stage of the competition,” says Dr Liu. “Our mentors will be assisting our challengers to get the best outcomes for their individual production system,” he said. The expert mentors for this unique program 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 Colin Trengove – Pro Ag Consulting, SA Colin is a veterinarian and Managing Director of Pro-Ag Consulting in South Australia. Colin has more than 30 years experience and interest working in whole farm nutrition and animal health. 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. Virbac Australia are thrilled to have these nationally recognised vets on board to mentor the challengers. “Throughout this 12 month challenge we’re expecting to see improved fertility, young stock health, and ultimately improve herd performance,” Dr Liu said. “The results we see time and again from Multimin are better conception rates, tighter calving and lambing patterns, reduced incidence of disease, and improved overall health,” he said. Entries are still open for farmers to register in the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge – entries close January 31st. For more information or to enter the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge go to: au.virbac.com/multiminchallenge - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Dr Jerry Liu, Livestock Nutrition Product Manager at Virbac Australia Scientists take off their white coats and head bush 2017-12-04T05:35:16Z scientists-take-off-their-white-coats-and-head-bush Scientists take off their white coats and head bush Scientists are leaving the big cities for rural Australia in a bid to ensure the products they develop are well matched to producer’s needs. A team of seventeen scientists from Virbac Australia’s Research and Development Team recently travelled to Bathurst and Orange in New South Wales to get closer to resellers and producers. Over the course of three days the team visited several stores, farms and the Australian National Field Day at Borenore. “Although we have an active and relevant new product portfolio it is important that the people who develop and support our products understand our market. We need to be developing products that really make a difference to productivity and ultimately the farm’s bottom line,” said Dr Robert Dempster, Director Research and Development, Virbac Australia. “Our scientists go back to basics when they visit properties and field days in rural Australia. They put their boots on and get a chance to work with cattle and sheep. We get a chance to ask how animal health fits in with the priorities of resellers and producers. We also get to sample the trends occurring in market, for example the increasing use of automated handling equipment on sheep farms. “Some of the more significant points raised by farmers during the Virbac scientist’s visit to Borenore was the need for better options for producers in getting their cattle and sheep through periods of drought, products that are effective against resistant strains of worms, as well as products that offer more convenience. “This is something our scientists have taken back to the labs to test and trial new and better solutions for the tough conditions our producers face. “Farmers were keen to discuss upcoming and available options for parasite treatment – and were keen to let us know how our new Tridectin 3-Way Oral Drench for Sheep is being received”, Dr Dempster said. Launched in September 2017, Tridectin relies on three active ingredients from the major drench families, which means fewer worms and eggs, as well as less pasture contamination – which reduces the overall requirement for increased drenching and therefore decreases the rate of selection for resistance. As the project lead in the product development of Tridectin, Aimy Johnston, New Product Development Project Manager at Virbac Australia, explains Tridectin delivers a market leading export slaughter interval (ESI) of just 17 days – eleven days shorter than other combination drenches – and is the only oral combination drench containing Moxidectin. This new class of combination drench continues to kill susceptible barber’s pole worm and small brown stomach worm for 14 days after drenching. “As the New Product Development Project Manager, it is a fantastic experience to get out to the stores and meet our customers. Having worked on the development of Tridectin for over five years, I was thrilled to see the product in prime position in the stores and humbled by the appreciative comments we received from store staff and producers" Aimy says. Virbac Australia invests approximately five percent of annual turn-over back into research and development – that accounts for millions of dollars directed to products that are pivotal to farm production and quality. This local investment in new products for Australian sheep and beef is supported by a global investment in new companion animal products. Dr Dempster adds, “we’ve been working with Australian farmers for 30 years now – and we’re proud to be working at grass roots level with primary producers. We now carry the Australian Made Logo on many of our products which are made in one of our three manufacturing plants in NSW”. We’ll continue to work with producers – on their farms and at the agricultural field days around Australia and we’re grateful for their important input to ensure the new products we launch in the future meet their needs,” said Dr Dempster. - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Photo Captions: Virbac R&D staff on a sheep farm near Bathurst, NSW. The Virbac R&D team on-site at the Australian National Field Day, Borenore, NSW. Virbac Australia challenge producers in 12 month livestock performance challenge 2017-11-30T10:34:16Z virbac-australia-challenge-producers-in-12-month-livestock-performance-challenge Virbac Australia challenge producers in 12 month livestock performance challenge Sheep and cattle producers across Australia will soon have the chance to be part of a unique program designed to improve animal growth, fertility and ultimately their financial bottom-line. From 1 December 2017 Virbac Australia will invite sheep, beef and dairy producers to nominate for the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge - a 12 month program focussed on the effective use of trace mineral injections for cattle and sheep. As part of the Challenge up to seven producers will be selected to document their progress and share their experiences using Multimin with the ultimate prize of an experience of a lifetime overseas trip. Valued at more than $21,000, the prize will offer professional development tailored to the winner and their enterprise. “We want to work with sheep, beef and dairy producers from across Australia in a challenge to see how significantly they can improve fertility, animal health and ultimately herd performance with the use of Multimin,” said Dr Jerry Liu, Nutritionist and Livestock Nutrition Product Manager, Virbac Australia. “We know that during high demand periods such as joining, weaning and birthing, animals have elevated requirements for trace minerals. Multimin injections are designed to rapidly and effectively top up trace minerals to get stock performance ready. “The results we expect are better conception rates, tighter calving and lambing intervals, improved immune function, reduced disease and treatment costs, and better general health. “By working with producers in this way, we will be able to see and document just how much they can increase fertility and productivity,” he said. The successful applicants for the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge will receive an on-farm assessment and analysis, a free 12 month supply of Multimin, an iPad to capture and document their progress and 12 months support from some of Australia’s most renowned vets. “We want to watch the progress of each producer using Multimin through video blogs and social media so that other producers and industry experts can share the experience and monitor results. During the challenge, producers will gain knowledge they can communicate with other producers across the country. “As part of the program, producers will have the support and expertise of some of Australia’s most experienced animal experts to hone their operations. These professionals will work with the challengers to improve and optimise animal productivity,” Dr Liu said. Experts include, Dr Craig Dwyer, Veterinarian and President of Australian Cattle Vets. Dr Dwyer has a particular interest in cattle nutrition, reproduction and bull fertility. Dr Colin Trengove, Veterinarian and Managing Director, Pro-Ag Consulting. Dr Trengove has more than 30 years experience working in whole farm nutrition and animal health. Dr Susan Swaney, Veterinarian and Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia. Dr Swaney is an expert in recent advances in parasitology, nutrition and vaccination. Dr Matthew Ball, Veterinarian and Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia and owner of Beacon Veterinary. Matthew Ball has over 18 years experience in helping cattle farmers develop practical and profitable preventative health programs. As well as the overseas trip, the overall winner will also take home a 12 month supply of Multimin. The second and third runners-up will receive a six month supply of Multimin. Entries for the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge will be open from 1 December 2017 and close 31 January 2018. Entries can be made at: au.virbac.com/multiminchallenge - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au adam.arndell@c7even.com.au WordStorm PR is thrilled to represent FOUR PAWS Australia 2017-11-01T23:29:13Z wordstorm-pr-is-thrilled-to-represent-four-paws-australia With offices in 10 countries and more recently in Australia, FOUR PAWS aims to stop animal suffering and to ensure that animals are treated with respect, empathy and understanding. The not-for-profit organisation has been operating since 1988. WordStorm PR will be working with FOUR PAWS Australia on an initial project to increase awareness of bile bear farming in Vietnam, with plans to hopefully rescue bears who are being saved and relocated to a fabulous new bear sanctuary. Monica Rosenfeld, Managing Director at WordStorm PR, said: “Animal cruelty is such an important issue and we are honoured to be educating the public about all the amazing work FOUR PAWS does to help the plight of animals around the world. It’s such an inspiring organisation doing very important work, therefore we are thrilled to be involved in helping to spread the word. We look forward to promoting the projects that FOUR PAWS are working on to protect these ill-treated animals.” For more infomation contact: Rochelle: rochelle@wordstormpr.com.au Grace: grace@wordstormpr.com.au Virbac named finalist in prestigious export awards 2017-09-22T03:37:52Z virbac-named-finalist-in-prestigious-export-awards One of Australia’s leading animal health companies has been named a finalist in the prestigious Premier of New South Wales Export Awards. Virbac Australia was recognised for outstanding international success in the field of agricultural products, services or technology including processed foods and beverages and the forestry, fisheries and fibres industries. Sarah Hunter is the Virbac Director of Commercial Excellence for Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and said it is an honor for the company to be recognised during its 30th anniversary in Australia. “2017 is an important year for Virbac Australia and, to be selected as a finalist in the New South Wales Premier’s Export Awards for Agribusiness, is wonderful recognition of our role as a major exporter of animal health products to more than 20 countries around the world,” Sarah said. “That we’re continually reaching new heights 30 years after we started in this country is a remarkable achievement, and it gives me great satisfaction to know that our manufacturing, research and development (R&D), sales and support teams are all locally based and contributing to our economy.” An Australian success story, the company produces several ‘Made in Australia’ accredited products; an endorsement of the company’s support of local R&D and manufacturing. “We currently employ more than 250 staff in four strategic locations across the country, who produce our top quality, industry-leading, sheep, cattle and equine products, veterinary pharmaceuticals and vaccines, as well as a wide range of pet health products for dogs and cats,” Sarah said. “We’re currently ranked as the eight largest animal health company in the world, manufacturing and selling many unique and innovative products including an implant for the temporary medical castration of dogs,” Sarah explained. “This is the only product of its kind in the world and was developed following research with owners of male dogs who are increasingly wanting to know about all the castration options, both surgical and medical, and for their veterinarian to help them make the best choice for their dog.” Manufactured at Macquarie Park in Sydney, the product is exported to countries throughout Europe and North America, as well as South Africa and New Zealand. “Sheep producers around the country have also welcomed the recent launch of our broad-spectrum combination drench, Tridectin, which is a huge step forward in the fight against worms,” Sarah said. “The drench is world-first product, with a registered claim to kill triple resistant and monepantel resistant worms in sheep and offers producers the opportunity to grow healthier, more productive sheep.” Sarah said development of both products was testament to the organisation’s passion for improving animal health. “Our approach to developing veterinary specialist products and those like Tridectin exemplifies our commitment to working closely with animal owners, resellers, vets and farmers in the animal health industry to identify and fully respond to the needs of customers locally and internationally,” Sarah said. “We’d like to thank our customers, suppliers and employees for their support and commitment over the years. As our long history shows, we’re a company that’s both stable and dependable – and we’ll continue to innovate in business structure, approach to market and providing our customers with the platform for future success.” New South Wales Premier’s Export Awards winners will be announced during a gala dinner at The Star on Wednesday 25 October 2017. “I’m really looking forward to the event and would like to wish other nominees all the best in their respective categories,” Sarah said. “There is a huge opportunity for Australian companies to improve global commercialisation of innovation, and we are proud to be recognised as one of those leading the way in agribusiness export.” Ends. For more information contact: C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS T: 02 6766 4513 Adam Arndell Kate Munsie 0403 372 889 0421 935 843 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au kate.munsie@c7even.com.au A world-first in worming treatment for sheep launched by Virbac Australia 2017-09-13T04:06:41Z a-world-first-in-worming-treatment-for-sheep-launched-by-virbac-australia Virbac Australia is pleased to announce the launch of a technologically advanced product, specially designed to revolutionise sheep worm control. TRIDECTIN™ is the world’s only broad-spectrum combination drench with a registered claim to kill triple-resistant and monepantel-resistant worms. This new class of combination-drench for sheep offers producers the opportunity to ensure healthier, more productive sheep, and it’s a huge step forward in the fight against worms. The advanced patented formulation combines potent chemistry with the latest technology, providing a reliable, safe and effective solution against all the major worm species especially barber’s pole worm, small brown stomach worm, and black scour worm. Tridectin’s triple action treatment contains three powerful actives designed to kill worms fast. It’s ideal to use either as a strategic pre-lamb or summer clean-out treatment, or as needed based on worm egg count results. Containing Moxidectin, Levamisole and Albendazole, for a ‘triple-pronged’ approach to worming, its higher kill rate means fewer worms and eggs, as well as less pasture contamination – which reduces the overall requirement for increased drenching and therefore decreases the rate of selection for resistance. Tridectin delivers a market leading export slaughter interval (ESI) of just 17 days – eleven days shorter than other combination drenches – and is the only oral combination drench that continues to kill susceptible barber’s pole worm and small brown stomach worm for 14 days after drenching, delivering a longer period of protection, which helps producers to increase productivity and profit. With producers gearing up for their first summer drench, Tridectin’s arrival is perfectly timed to assist producers in clearing their stock of worms prior to the hot summer conditions. Worm-infested paddocks not only reduce growth rates, productivity and fertility, but they can even lead to animal death - yet Tridectin helps to minimise the risk over summer, clearing those worms that previous drenches may have left behind and thus reducing pasture contamination. John Embling, Regional Director of SANZA for Virbac Australia and Board Member of Animal Medicines Australia welcomes Tridectin’s introduction to the market. “The introduction of safe, more effective ag-vet chemicals can only be a good thing for our farmers, regional communities and environment. They boost farm productivity by eliminating damaging pests and diseases, and that’s crucial to the success of our agricultural and livestock industries.” Mr Embling goes on to credit the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) for its work in getting Tridectin registered. “Even though they were in the midst of relocating from Canberra to Armidale, the APVMA were very efficient in registering and bringing this newer, better formulation to sheep producers at exactly the time they’ll need to use it. With this latest addition to a farmer’s arsenal, the situation for Australia’s agricultural and animal health industry looks very encouraging indeed.” Tridectin follows in the footsteps of Virbac’s leading drench Cydectin, offering an innovative approach that builds on Cydectin’s recognition and success over the past 23 years. Set to launch on September 25th, Tridectin’s release will be supported by an extensive advertising campaign encouraging producers to ‘power up’ their next drench. The product will be available at rural merchandising stores across Australia, and producers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to protect their sheep against worm infection like never before. - Ends - Media Enquiries: C7EVEN Communications Kate Munsie Adam Arndell (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Hero cow that took ‘unbelievable’ swim through NSW floodwater receives mineral reward 2017-05-11T00:30:27Z 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 2017-04-03T23:00:22Z 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 2017-02-21T01:20:13Z 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.