The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-07-16T22:29:00Z Ovastim injection tipped as vital component of national flock rebuild 2019-07-16T22:29:00Z ovastim-injection-tipped-as-vital-component-of-national-flock-rebuild Australia’s farming industry may be facing its smallest sheep flock on record, but strong lamb prices and promising weather conditions are making this an ideal time for farmers to begin rebuilding depleted stocks. With the Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator (ESTLI) recently climbing towards 900¢/kg carcase weight (cwt) for the first time, a fecundity vaccine produced by animal health company Virbac Australia has been identified as a key component to capitalise on these unprecedented gains. As Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia, Dr George Cox explains, Ovastim is a practical and economical method to help increase lamb production. “The vaccine directly influences a ewe’s fecundity, increasing the amount of eggs available for fertilisation by immunising the animal against the hormone androstenedione, which alters ovarian function. That in turn leads to an increase in the number of twin births, which is by far the single most important factor in boosting lamb numbers.” Reproductive efficiency is the single most important determinant of the profitability of most sheep enterprises – and Dr Cox goes on to explain how Ovastim can increase a flock’s ovulation rate from 18% to 45%[1]. “Trials in commercial flocks have shown an average birth increase of 20%, primarily through an increase in the number of twin births. With good management practices, more lambs on the ground will result in improved sales, to further benefit a farmer’s bottom line – especially now prices are so strong.” Because Ovastim does not affect seasonality, but only the ovulation rate of animals already cycling, normal practises (such as the use of teasers for out-of-season breeding) still apply. Yet because the product works on natural principles, doesn’t adversely affect lamb survival rate or growth it’s considered one of the best tools to create higher lamb marking percentages and boost profits. It is essential to manage the flock as a twin bearing flock. Adequate nutrition, shelter and supervision must be provided to ensure maximum survival or prevent mismothering. Ovastim should not be used in merino flocks where multiple births are not desirable. NSW sheep producer Anthony Hoolihan has been using Ovastim within his herd of 3,000 breeder ewes since late 2018, and says he has since produced more lambs than ever. “Usually during our June lambing we would get a 110% lambing rate – but with Ovastim, combined with a continued focus on ewe management and good predator control, we’ve managed to increase that percentage to 155%, which is a fantastic result. I can see great potential for increasing lambing percentages considerably during early lambing periods by using this product.” For Dr Cox, the benefits are undeniable. “Ovastim can have a tremendously positive impact on high yielding lamb production systems for the rapid breeding of replacement stock. Rebuilding Australia’s lamb stock will ensure the sustainability of our industry. To find out more about Ovastim, visit au.virbac.com Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Increase lamb production with Ovastim Healthy lambs [1] Virbac Data on file: Ewe Fecundity of Merino X Border Leicester ewes treated with Ovastim (Kojonup WA 2009) Target Beef event supports Rockhampton producers in the fight against ticks 2019-07-15T06:54:23Z target-beef-event-supports-rockhampton-producers-in-the-fight-against-ticks Virbac Australia’s Target Beef program event has just wrapped up, with attendees describing the morning’s proceedings held last Thursday in Mount Gardiner, QLD as a golden opportunity to learn more about parasite management, with a special focus on the correct application methods and improving the immunity and health of cattle in the Rockhampton region. The Target Beef animal health initiative is aimed at optimising the health and performance of livestock at three key stages of the production cycle; pre-joining, pre-calving and weaning - by focusing on how we can increase productivity by managing drench resistance, and improving health and reproduction through strategic topping up of trace minerals and an effective vaccination program. The program brings together industry experts, veterinarians and producers to improve on-farm productivity and profitability through leading animal health management practices and industry benchmarks. Key speakers at the event included Prudence Barwick from Gallagher and Virbac Australia Area Sales Manager Victor Moffroid. Victor demonstrated the correct application method for injectable long-acting drenches and injectable trace mineral supplements as well as identify the best broad spectrum long-acting drench and trace mineral supplements to support stock at critical times in their development. The event was held on local Brahman breeder Tim Olive’s property “Apis Creek”. Tim runs over 3,500 head of cattle and has used Multimin and Webster’s 5in1B12 for the bottom 10-20% of his steers when inducting into the feedlot. Tim described the event as a great opportunity to learn more around the best times to use Multimin trace mineral product. “Multimin and Webster’s 5in1B12 has helped to increase weight gain and performance results in my herd. We’ve seen massive benefits with the bottom 10% of the Multimin treated steers almost overtaking the untreated steers in their feeding lot. We now look forward to seeing the results after using these products in our breeding stock.” Joe Olive from “Nullegai” at Marlborough also attended Thursday’s event and explained why he was excited to be a part of the Virbac Target Beef program. “An interesting part of the talk was about the benefits of using Multimin trace mineral injection in bulls to achieve a 22% more sperm count when treating 3 months prior to joining and also the Cydectin Long Acting protection claims against external parasites. I will now use Multimin in my bulls and heifers twice a year and Cydectin LA for tick control in my Charolais and Dairy herds,” Joe said. “We encourage all attendees to continue monitoring their cattle throughout the duration of the program,” said Victor. “Hopefully this has been a useful discussion for the group, and it’s given them some useful information to now go out and act on.” Virbac will be hosting further Target Beef and Target Sheep events throughout Australia in the coming months. For more information, visit https://au.virbac.com, follow Virbac Australia on Facebook or Instagram or call 1800 242 100. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Adam Arndell - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Virbac Australia Area Sales Manager Victor Moffroid with local Brahman breeder Tim Olive Virbac Australia Area Sales Manager Victor Moffroid with Joe Olive CNH Industrial announces new structure for Australian ag machinery market 2019-07-15T02:37:30Z cnh-industrial-announces-new-structure-for-australian-ag-machinery-market Hi Prominent ag machinery brands Case IH and New Holland have a new man at the helm with the appointment of Brandon Stannett to a new position as CNH Industrial Agriculture Segment Leader for Australia/New Zealand. Brandon has been leading CNH Industrial Capital for Australia/New Zealand for the past four years, providing a robust knowledge of the local market and existing relationships with the Case IH and New Holland teams. “Taking a fresh look at our engagement with both dealers and customers will be a priority. The local ag sector has had more than its share of challenges in recent times, so the time is right to refocus and re-invigorate our approach to products, services and support, together with business and network efficiencies,” he said. A release is attached on the appointment, along with an image of Brandon, and for further information or interview requests, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Kind regards, Kylie Galbraith Seftons Tamworth NSW 2340 Ph. 0411 480 208 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ CAPTION: Brandon Stannett has taken on a new role heading up the Case IH and New Holland brands. MEDIA RELEASE CNH Industrial announces new structure for Australian ag machinery market CNH Industrial has announced a restructure of its agricultural machinery business in Australia and New Zealand, with the appointment of a new leader across both the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands. Brandon Stannett has been appointed the Managing Director – Agriculture, Australia and New Zealand, assuming responsibility for CNH Industrial’s Agriculture Segment from Michele Lombardi, in a new position created as part of a global restructure announced in January. At that time CNH Industrial revealed changes to its organisational structure across the five segments of its operations, in a bid to become closer to its customers, streamline decision-making processes and encourage faster and more market-focused innovations. Brandon has been leading CNH Industrial’s captive finance business in Australia and New Zealand for the past 4 years, which he said offered the advantage of a strong knowledge of the local market when it came to his new role. “It’s certainly an advantage already knowing the Case IH and New Holland Agriculture teams and having those existing relationships, and I look forward to the opportunities this new structure offers both brands, our dealers and our customers,” he said. “Taking a fresh look at our engagement with both dealers and customers will be a priority. The local Ag sector has had more than its share of challenges in recent times, so the time is right to refocus and re-invigorate our approach to products, services and support, together with business and network efficiencies. “CNH Industrial, through our Case IH and New Holland Agriculture brands, are global leaders in the agricultural equipment and products sector and are always looking to the future with advances such as automation, connectivity and alternative fuels that will be the foundations for the next generation of advances in farm productivity and efficiency. This restructure has come about because our industry is experiencing a period of accelerated change – automation and digital technology being key examples – so we need to make the changes that will secure our reputation for innovation and excellence into 2020 and beyond. “I’m privileged to be leading this process across Australia and New Zealand for CNH Industrial and know that we have the teams in place with the knowledge, passion and foresight to make some real differences where it matters: innovative products and market-leading agricultural solutions.” Brandon has a strong financial background, working in senior roles in some of Australia’s largest banks, and founding a financial consultancy practice and leasing business, before joining CNH Industrial. Home services and home delivery Mega-Trends merge in Australian first. 2019-07-09T06:06:28Z home-services-and-home-delivery-mega-trends-merge-in-australian-first               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 9 July 2019 Home services and home delivery Mega-Trends merge in Australian first.  Pawssum home visit vets and PetScripts online pet pharmacy collaborate to make Aussie pet owners lives even easier. Owning a dog or cat is one of life’s great pleasures for millions of Australians, and most understand that with those pleasures comes the need for occasional vet visits for both routine matters such as vaccinations and also for emergency or unexpected care. This is the main reason demand is rising for Australia’s $4 billion vet industry, which is growing at around three per cent a year (Ibisworld February 2019). For many Australian pet owners getting to their local vet clinic can be a struggle, sometimes because of mobility or transport issues and sometimes because it’s difficult to fit a vet visit in during business hours. Vet bills are also soaring, largely attributable to advances in medical and surgical procedures and the release in recent years of new drugs to treat chronic illnesses. Busy lives and tight budgets are the reason that Australians have shown themselves very willing to follow two of  the global -consumer mega-trends of the 21st century - home services (think home massage, home doctor services, and even home doggie day care) and home delivery services (think Uber Eats and Amazon).  And when it comes to pet care, Australian pet owners are no different, increasingly turning to home visits from vets and getting online pet pharmacies to deliver discount pet medicines to their door.  Today two pioneers in those areas, vet home visit service Pawssum and online pet pharmacy PetScripts, have announced a collaboration that merges those two global consumer trends into one in an Australian first. The PetScripts and Pawssum collaboration announced today, will make things even easier for pet owners. When a Pawssum vet makes a house call and decides that a prescription pet medicine is appropriate, at the pet owner’s request,  PetScripts pharmacists will process the vet’s prescription and dispense the medications and have them shipped directly to the pet owner’s home within a few days. The pet owner doesn’t need to find and visit a pharmacy which stocks pet medicines (most pharmacies don’t) and also benefits from PetScripts discounted prices and home delivery ensures the pet gets its medicine promptly and easily. There is no doubt that home delivery and home service trends are here to stay, and the Pawssum/PetScripts collaboration offers an unparalleled pet care experience to Australian pet owners.     About PetScripts.com.au: Vet owned and using registered Australian pharmacists, PetScripts.com.au is Australia's leading online pet pharmacy, allowing Australian pet owners to save money by buying discount prescription pet medications for home delivery. PetScripts.com.au was founded by Dr Mark Perissinotto and his brother Steven Perissinotto,  online retail pioneers who launched Australia's first, and what is now Australia's largest and most awarded online pet supplies retailer, VetShopAustralia.com.au in 1999. Note: a valid prescription from an Australian veterinarian is required to order products from PetScripts.com.au About Pawssum:  Pawssum is Australia’s #1 vet home visit app and booking system connecting local, trusted vets with pet owners across Australia. Launched in 2016, Pawssum’s mission is to provide affordable, accessible and convenient vet to home services. Available 365 days a year until 10.30pm, Pawssum vets make house calls which means no more stressful trips to the clinic and more effective in-home care where pets are relaxed. Pricing is upfront and transparent, and the Pawssum app enables you to access your pet’s medical records right at your fingertips. Pawssum also offers Telepet (Video Chat) services to support you and your pet if needed. Offering a wide range of veterinary services including annual examinations, vaccinations, titer testing and peaceful at-home euthanasia; Pawssum vets come to your home to ensure the best care possible is given to your pet. For continuity of care, they also partner with local vet clinics if any in-clinic procedures are required such as surgery or x-rays.   RELEASE ENDS   Media Contacts PetScripts – Steven Perissinotto, Founder/Director 0407  124 605 steven@vetshopgroup.com Pawssum – Joy Fong, Business Growth Manager 0404 310 602 joy.fong@pawssum.com     Torture for entertainment 2019-07-08T00:00:41Z torture-for-entertainment Dear Editor, Once again, terrified bulls will be repeatedly stabbed and tortured to death in Pamplona, Spain, at the San Fermin festival. An overwhelming majority of Spanish people oppose bullfighting, but it continues because tourists make it profitable, particularly the large number of Australians and New Zealanders who take part in the “running of the bulls”, where the tormented animals are made to run through cobbled streets on their way to a horrifying death. Shamefully, more Australians and New Zealanders than Pamplona locals usually take part in this barbaric spectacle. Watching bulls bleed to death in agony is not a sight most sane people would choose to support, but by the time the tourists have realised the appalling nature of the scene, the industry has pocketed their money, in preparation for further torment. It’s time that Pamplona stopped allowing petrified bulls to be stabbed to death for the sake of twisted entertainment. Tourism is one of the industry’s main excuses for continuing the abhorrent bloodbath. Please, don’t contribute to the torture and killing of these animals – stay away from the San Fermín festival, and never attend a bullfight. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Australia) PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002. (08) 8556-5828 Time to get real on dog fighting 2019-07-04T13:08:19Z time-to-get-real-on-dog-fighting Dear Editor, People in Brisbane and throughout Queensland are rightly disgusted at the light sentence handed out to a man who was involved in illegal dog fights. Some of the twenty dogs, who were seized from the Mount Cotton property last year, were wounded or covered in scars from dog fighting, none had bedding or clean water. The man pleaded guilty to a string of offences including failing to provide water to the animals, supplying dogs for fights and organising a fight. He also bred pups for fighting, and kept them in what the Brisbane magistrate described as appalling conditions. Some of the dogs were so aggressive they were put down by the RSPCA. The sentence handed down this week certainly does not reflect the seriousness of this crime. The man was ordered to pay the RSPCA’s costs and an $800 fine, plus six months jail, but he will be released on parole in less than a month. Penalties for cruelty under the Animal Care and Protection Act can be up to seven years jail or $235,600 fine. It's time that we started to impose these maximum sentences and treat cases of cruelty to animals as the serious crimes that they are. If you suspect someone of abusing animals, report it to authorities right away. It could mean the difference between life and death. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Final leg of veterinarian tour revealing the latest trace minerals research for optimal dairy cattle performance concludes in Victoria 2019-06-27T07:52:28Z final-leg-of-veterinarian-tour-revealing-the-latest-trace-minerals-research-for-optimal-dairy-cattle-performance-concludes-in-victoria The final stage of Virbac Australia’s multi-stop tour through Victoria and Tasmania has wrapped up, and it’s being heralded as a great success by attendees so far. Designed to explain the effects of trace minerals on dairy cattle health and performance, the roadshow was headlined by international dairy veterinarian Dr Dan Tracy, along with a host of local industry experts. The final leg saw the team visit country Victoria locations in Simpson, Kirkstall and Tyrendarra on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June. Producers had the chance to learn more about the latest research on trace mineral science and the impact of trace mineral injections on cow and calf immune systems, with insights on how and why trace mineral injections can improve fertility and productivity. As Dr Tracy explains, “we already know a fair bit about trace minerals as they relate to fertility – but the really interesting stuff is looking specifically at immunity and the potential for overall improvements to animal health. The US is leading the research in this area, and it really is showing us what’s achievable, with some intriguing potential solutions to help boost the overall health of dairy cows and calves.” The final event was held on local dairy farmer Martin Knowles’ property in Tyrendarra. Martin milks 1,450 dairy cows and has been maximising the performance of his stock with Multimin for close to 15 years. Martin described the event as a great opportunity to learn more around the best times to use the trace mineral product. “I currently treat calves and heifers with Multimin trace minerals and will now start using it in dry off cows after hearing the benefits this will have on the unborn calves. Injecting our heifers with Multimin pre-joining has giving us excellent conception rates and our young stock seem to start gaining extra kilos and perform so much better after being treated. A lot of my workers have been in the dairy industry for a long time and still got a lot of Dr Tracy’s visit.” Maryanne Mugavin from “Killarney”, Victoria attended the Kirkstall event and also gained some invaluable learnings from Dr Tracy’s presentation. “It was very interesting to hear about the benefits of treating stock with Multimin trace minerals at critical times such as pre-joining, calving and weaning. I have noticed a huge difference in my animals’ overall health since using Multimin and will now start using it at the key times suggested and monitor to see if that makes even greater improvements.” Also in attendance was Virbac Australia’s new Technical Services Manager for Nutrition, Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas, who promises to bring a wealth of experience in animal nutrition to the company in her new role. She spoke about the improvements of vaccine response when using Multimin in conjunction with 7 in 1, explaining that “nutrition – along with adequate health programs such as vaccination and drenching – is the foundation for good health. Multimin is increasingly proving its worth, not only as one of Virbac’s best-known products for fertility, but also for immunity and overall cattle health and performance.” Dr Tracy’s presentation at the roadshow’s Tinamba event was live-streamed on the Virbac Australia Primary Producer Facebook page, and is available to view here: Part 1 Part 2 For more information on Virbac Australia’s injectable trace mineral Multimin, visit www.virbac.com.au/multimincattle Media Opportunity Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Tracy. - Ends – Contact: Kate Munsie, C7EVEN Communications, 0421 935 843 Dr Dan Tracy: Dan Tracy DVM, MS received his DVM at Mississippi State University of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. In 2002 he received his MS degree in Dairy Production Medicine at Mississippi State. Upon completion of college, Dr Tracy worked as a large animal practitioner working with beef and dairy producers. His practice experience includes dairy and beef nutrition consultation, herd heath and reproductive management. 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 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. Photo captions: Dr Dan Tracy, Martin Knowles and Kerri Neal Maryanne Mugavin at the Kirkstall event Dr Matt Ball presenting during last week’s roadshow Yulin dog-eating festival 2019-06-24T14:24:08Z yulin-dog-eating-festival Dear Editor, This week in Yulin, China, thousands of dogs — and even some cats — will be brutally slaughtered, and their flesh sold as food. The Yulin Dog Meat Festival is widely and angrily condemned. The thought of killing, cooking, and eating dogs is truly shocking and disgusting. But there’s no rational reason the thought of eating any other animal shouldn’t elicit the same revulsion. The idea that some species of animal deserve more moral consideration than others is called "speciesism" and has no more logical basis than other discriminatory beliefs like racism or sexism. Animals objectified as "livestock" often face horrors akin to those endured by the dogs in Yulin. Dogs sent to Yulin are crammed into small cages and put on trucks, which may then travel for hundreds of kilometres, often with no food or water. The same is true for millions of sheep, lambs, cows, and other animals in Australia. The country’s live-export trade is even worse, transporting animals thousands of kilometres, only to face a gruesome death. Some dogs in Yulin are, horrifyingly, boiled alive. But right here in Australia, countless chickens and turkeys meet a similar fate every day: at the abattoir, many of these intelligent birds manage to keep their heads out of the electrified water stunning baths. They are fully conscious as their throats are slit, and many are still alive as they're lowered into scalding-hot water to remove their feathers. Whether a cow or a dog, a chicken or a sheep, no animal wants to suffer and die for our palate. Yes, let's be outraged by the cruelty that takes place during the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, but let's not be hypocrites about it. We should drop the speciesism and extend our compassion to all animals by leaving them off our plates. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 desmondb@peta.org.au Final leg of veterinarian tour revealing the latest trace minerals research for optimal dairy cattle performance begins in Victoria 2019-06-20T06:00:14Z final-leg-of-veterinarian-tour-revealing-the-latest-trace-minerals-research-for-optimal-dairy-cattle-performance-begins-in-victoria Stage two of Virbac Australia’s multi-stop tour through Victoria and Tasmania has begun, and it’s being heralded as a great success by attendees so far. Designed to explain the effects of trace minerals on dairy cattle health and performance, the roadshow is being headlined by international dairy veterinarian Dr Dan Tracy, along with a host of local industry experts. The second leg saw the team visit country Victoria locations in Rochester, Numurkah and Cobram on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June. Producers had the chance to learn more about the latest research on trace mineral science and the impact of trace mineral injections on cow and calf immune systems, with insights on how and why trace mineral injections can improve fertility and productivity. As Dr Tracy explains, “we already know a fair bit about trace minerals as they relate to fertility – but the really interesting stuff is looking specifically at immunity and the potential for overall improvements to animal health. The US is leading the research in this area, and it really is showing us what’s achievable, with some intriguing potential solutions to help boost the overall health of dairy cows and calves.” Dairy producer Darryl Hammond from “Melaleuca Park”, Buln Buln attended last week’s Warragul event, and described the event as a great opportunity to see a lot of independent studies backing up Multimin claims. “Dr Tracy really gave us a sense of confidence with using Multimin in our dairy herd by showing us the independent data backing up what we have been seeing visually in our treated animals. I learnt a lot about how well Multimin compliments vaccines and drenches when used at the same time and I find it interesting to see the gradual improvements to growth and coat colour in our herd after treating with Multimin.” Also in attendance was Virbac Australia’s new Technical Services Manager for Nutrition, Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas, who promises to bring a wealth of experience in animal nutrition to the company in her new role. She spoke about the improvements of vaccine response when using Multimin in conjunction with 7 in 1, explaining that “nutrition – along with adequate health programs such as vaccination and drenching – is the foundation for good health. Multimin is increasingly proving its worth, not only as one of Virbac’s best-known products for fertility, but also for immunity and overall cattle health and performance.” Dr Tracy’s presentation at the roadshow’s Tinamba event was live-streamed on the Virbac Australia Primary Producer Facebook page, and is available to view here: Part 1 Part 2 During the final stage of Dr Tracy’s visit, the roadshow will tour Kirkstall, Simpson and Tyrendarra in Victoria between Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June. For more information on Virbac Australia’s injectable trace mineral Multimin, visit www.virbac.com.au/multimincattle Media Opportunity Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Tracy during the second leg of his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. - Ends – Contact: Kate Munsie, C7EVEN Communications, 0421 935 843 Dr Dan Tracy: Dan Tracy DVM, MS received his DVM at Mississippi State University of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. In 2002 he received his MS degree in Dairy Production Medicine at Mississippi State. Upon completion of college, Dr Tracy worked as a large animal practitioner working with beef and dairy producers. His practice experience includes dairy and beef nutrition consultation, herd heath and reproductive management. 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 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. Photo captions: Heifers treated with Multimin on Darryl Hammonds farm Dr Matt Ball presenting during last week’s roadshow Dr Paula Gonzalez, Dr Matt Ball, Matthew Grylls and Dr Dan Tracy Veterinarian tour has revealed the latest trace minerals research for optimal dairy cattle performance concludes in Tasmania 2019-06-18T01:37:12Z veterinarian-tour-has-revealed-the-latest-trace-minerals-research-for-optimal-dairy-cattle-performance-concludes-in-tasmania Stage one of Virbac Australia’s multi-stop tour through Victoria and Tasmania has just wrapped up, and it’s been heralded as a great success by attendees. Designed to explain the effects of trace minerals on dairy cattle health and performance, the roadshow is being headlined by international dairy veterinarian Dr Dan Tracy, along with a host of local industry experts. The first leg saw the team visit Scottsdale in Tasmania on Friday 14 June. Producers had the chance to learn more about the latest research on trace mineral science and the impact of trace mineral injections on cow and calf immune systems, with insights on how and why trace mineral injections can improve fertility and productivity. As Dr Tracy explains, “we already know a fair bit about trace minerals as they relate to fertility – but the really interesting stuff is looking specifically at immunity and the potential for overall improvements to animal health. The US is leading the research in this area, and it really is showing us what’s achievable, with some intriguing potential solutions to help boost the overall health of dairy cows and calves.” Livestock producer Tim Gunn from “Gunnston”, Waterhouse attended the Scottsdale event, and described the event as a great opportunity to learn about improving the fertility and immunity of livestock. "The take home message for me was that injectable trace minerals are the building blocks for livestock production systems, and products such as Multimin are the most efficient way to deliver trace minerals to the animal. The application of Multimin at the right time will increase both fertility and the immunity of my livestock." Dr Tracy’s presentation at the roadshow’s event in Tinamba, Victoria was live-streamed on the Virbac Australia Primary Producer Facebook page, and is available to view here: Part 1 Part 2 Next up will be the second stage of Dr Tracy’s visit, where the roadshow will tour Rochester, Numurkah, Cobram, Kirkstall, Simpson and Tyrendarra in Victoria between Monday 17 and Friday 21 June. Interested producers can contact their local Virbac Australia representative or local Virbac merchandise store for more information on how to attend these invitation-only events. For more information on Virbac Australia’s injectable trace mineral Multimin, visit www.virbac.com.au/multimincattle Media Opportunity Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Tracy during the second leg of his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. - Ends – Contact: Kate Munsie, C7EVEN Communications, 0421 935 843 Dr Dan Tracy: Dan Tracy DVM, MS received his DVM at Mississippi State University of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. In 2002 he received his MS degree in Dairy Production Medicine at Mississippi State. Upon completion of college, Dr Tracy worked as a large animal practitioner working with beef and dairy producers. His practice experience includes dairy and beef nutrition consultation, herd heath and reproductive management. 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 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. Photo captions: Dr Dan Tracy presenting during last week’s roadshow event in Scottsdale Dr Paula Gonzalez, Dr Matt Ball, Matthew Grylls and Dr Dan Tracy First leg of veterinarian tour revealing the latest trace minerals research for optimal dairy cattle performance concludes in Victoria 2019-06-17T22:53:39Z first-leg-of-veterinarian-tour-revealing-the-latest-trace-minerals-research-for-optimal-dairy-cattle-performance-concludes-in-victoria Stage one of Virbac Australia’s multi-stop tour through Victoria and Tasmania has just wrapped up, and it’s been heralded as a great success by attendees. Designed to explain the effects of trace minerals on dairy cattle health and performance, the roadshow is being headlined by international dairy veterinarian Dr Dan Tracy, along with a host of local industry experts. The first leg saw the team visit country Victoria locations in Warragul, Leongatha, Yarram, Tinamba and Sale between Tuesday 11 and Thursday 13 June. Producers had the chance to learn more about the latest research on trace mineral science and the impact of trace mineral injections on cow and calf immune systems, with insights on how and why trace mineral injections can improve fertility and productivity. As Dr Tracy explains, “we already know a fair bit about trace minerals as they relate to fertility – but the really interesting stuff is looking specifically at immunity and the potential for overall improvements to animal health. The US is leading the research in this area, and it really is showing us what’s achievable, with some intriguing potential solutions to help boost the overall health of dairy cows and calves.” Dairy producer Darryl Hammond from “Melaleuca Park”, Buln Buln attended the Warragul event, and described the event as a great opportunity to see a lot of independent studies backing up Multimin claims. “Dr Tracy really gave us a sense of confidence with using Multimin in our dairy herd by showing us the independent data backing up what we have been seeing visually in our treated animals. I learnt a lot about how well Multimin compliments vaccines and drenches when used at the same time and I find it interesting to see the gradual improvements to growth and coat colour in our herd after treating with Multimin.” Also in attendance was Virbac Australia’s new Technical Services Manager for Nutrition, Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas, who promises to bring a wealth of experience in animal nutrition to the company in her new role. She spoke about the improvements of vaccine response when using Multimin in conjunction with 7 in 1, explaining that “nutrition – along with adequate health programs such as vaccination and drenching – is the foundation for good health. Multimin is increasingly proving its worth, not only as one of Virbac’s best-known products for fertility, but also for immunity and overall cattle health and performance.” Dr Tracy’s presentation at the roadshow’s Tinamba event was live-streamed on the Virbac Australia Primary Producer Facebook page, and is available to view here: Part 1 Part 2 Next up will be the second stage of Dr Tracy’s visit, where the roadshow will tour Rochester, Numurkah, Cobram, Kirkstall, Simpson and Tyrendarra in Victoria between Monday 17 and Friday 21 June. Interested producers can contact their local Virbac Australia representative or local Virbac merchandise store for more information on how to attend these invitation-only events. For more information on Virbac Australia’s injectable trace mineral Multimin, visit www.virbac.com.au/multimincattle Media Opportunity Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Tracy during the second leg of his visit, as well as attend any of the local events. - Ends – Contact: Kate Munsie, C7EVEN Communications, 0421 935 843 Dr Dan Tracy: Dan Tracy DVM, MS received his DVM at Mississippi State University of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. In 2002 he received his MS degree in Dairy Production Medicine at Mississippi State. Upon completion of college, Dr Tracy worked as a large animal practitioner working with beef and dairy producers. His practice experience includes dairy and beef nutrition consultation, herd heath and reproductive management. 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 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. Photo captions: Heifers treated with Multimin on Darryl Hammonds farm Dr Matt Ball presenting during last week’s roadshow Dr Paula Gonzalez, Dr Matt Ball, Matthew Grylls and Dr Dan Tracy Leading veterinarian to reveal the latest trace minerals research for optimal dairy cattle performance in Victoria roadshow. 2019-06-10T10:17:05Z leading-veterinarian-to-reveal-the-latest-trace-minerals-research-for-optimal-dairy-cattle-performance-in-victoria-roadshow-2 Animal health company Virbac Australia will shortly be commencing a two-week-long roadshow throughout Victoria and Tasmania to explain the effects of trace minerals on dairy cattle health and performance. The multi-stop tour will be headlined by international dairy veterinarian Dr Dan Tracy, who will be joined by a host of local industry experts. It promises to be a unique opportunity to learn more about the latest research on trace mineral science and the impact of trace mineral injections on cow and calf immune systems, with insights on how and why trace mineral injections can improve herd fertility. Trace minerals are an essential component of dairy cattle nutrition. Producers will benefit from optimising levels across their herd. "Our research has found that trace mineral injections can result in improved reproductive efficiency and reduced diseases in cows and calves,” says Dr Tracy. “Fertility and immunity problems can be corrected with mineral injections, and we aim to deliver the key findings of the latest studies into this area, and reveal how producers can optimise their dairy herds using trace mineral injections.” Virbac Australia Livestock Nutrition Specialist Dr Jerry Liu describes Dr Tracy’s tour as a great way for producers to hear from an expert in the field. “Dr Tracy has many years of experience in the area of animal nutrition, herd health and reproductive management. We’re looking forward to hearing his findings, which should be a real help to Southern producers wanting to get their herd performance ready,” says Dr Liu. The tour will be country Victoria, where the team will appear at events in Simpson, Kirkstall and Tyrendarra on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 June. Interested producers are invited to attend their local event. Please see below RSVP details. For more information on Virbac Australia’s injectable trace mineral Multimin, visit www.virbac.com.au/multimincattle Day Time Town Venue RSVP Thurs 20th June 11am-1pm Simpson, VIC Simpson Ball & Chain Hotel MGT Simpson, Jeff Holmes 0417 321 343 jeff.holmes@mgc.com.au MGT Colac, Harold Hanlon 0488 009 286 harold.hanlon@mgc.com.au Parlours Simpson, Richard Parlour 0429 943 002 parlours@bigpond.com The Co-op Colac, Mark Slater 0408 529 319 admin@coopcolac.com.au Fri 21st June 10am-12pm Kirkstall, VIC Kirkstall Hotel MGT Koroit, Kelvin Monigatti 0458 350 301 kelvin.monigatti@mgc.com.au Fri 21st June 1.30pm-3pm Tyrendarra, VIC Radnor Properties, (at the end of Doelles Road) MGT Heywood, Kerri Neal 0417 326 252 kerri.neal@saputo.com Media Opportunity Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Tracy during his visit, as well as attend the event. - Ends – Contact: Kate Munsie, C7EVEN Communications, 0421 935 843 Dr Dan Tracy: Dan Tracy DVM, MS received his DVM at Mississippi State University of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. In 2002 he received his MS degree in Dairy Production Medicine at Mississippi State. Upon completion of college, Dr Tracy worked as a large animal practitioner working with beef and dairy producers. His practice experience includes dairy and beef nutrition consultation, herd heath and reproductive management. 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 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. Photo captions: Dr Dan Tracy 2018 Multimin Roadshow Event Leading veterinarian to reveal the latest trace minerals research for optimal dairy cattle performance in Victoria roadshow. 2019-06-10T10:00:27Z leading-veterinarian-to-reveal-the-latest-trace-minerals-research-for-optimal-dairy-cattle-performance-in-victoria-roadshow-1 Animal health company Virbac Australia will shortly be commencing a two-week-long roadshow throughout Victoria and Tasmania to explain the effects of trace minerals on dairy cattle health and performance. The multi-stop tour will be headlined by international dairy veterinarian Dr Dan Tracy, who will be joined by a host of local industry experts. It promises to be a unique opportunity to learn more about the latest research on trace mineral science and the impact of trace mineral injections on cow and calf immune systems, with insights on how and why trace mineral injections can improve herd fertility. Trace minerals are an essential component of dairy cattle nutrition. Producers will benefit from optimising levels across their herd. "Our research has found that trace mineral injections can result in improved reproductive efficiency and reduced diseases in cows and calves,” says Dr Tracy. “Fertility and immunity problems can be corrected with mineral injections, and we aim to deliver the key findings of the latest studies into this area, and reveal how producers can optimise their dairy herds using trace mineral injections.” Virbac Australia Livestock Nutrition Specialist Dr Jerry Liu describes Dr Tracy’s tour as a great way for producers to hear from an expert in the field. “Dr Tracy has many years of experience in the area of animal nutrition, herd health and reproductive management. We’re looking forward to hearing his findings, which should be a real help to Southern producers wanting to get their herd performance ready,” says Dr Liu. The tour will be country Victoria, where the team will appear at events in Rochester and Numurkah on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 June. Interested producers are invited to attend their local event. Please see below RSVP details. For more information on Virbac Australia’s injectable trace mineral Multimin, visit www.virbac.com.au/multimincattle Day Time Town Venue RSVP Monday 17th June 12-2pm Rochester, VIC Criterion Hotel MG Trading Rochester Steve & Ray: 03 5484 1005 Tuesday 18th June 9am Numurkah, VIC MG Trading Numurkah MGT Numurkah Liam: 03 5862 1166 Media Opportunity Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Tracy during his visit, as well as attend the event. - Ends – Contact: Kate Munsie, C7EVEN Communications, 0421 935 843 Dr Dan Tracy: Dan Tracy DVM, MS received his DVM at Mississippi State University of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. In 2002 he received his MS degree in Dairy Production Medicine at Mississippi State. Upon completion of college, Dr Tracy worked as a large animal practitioner working with beef and dairy producers. His practice experience includes dairy and beef nutrition consultation, herd heath and reproductive management. 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 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. Photo captions: Dr Dan Tracy 2018 Multimin Roadshow Event Virbac Australia poised to advance Australian livestock nutrition with a brand new addition to the team 2019-06-07T02:35:21Z virbac-australia-poised-to-advance-australian-livestock-nutrition-with-a-brand-new-addition-to-the-team Virbac Australia has reaffirmed its commitment to livestock nutrition with the recent hire of a new Technical Services Manager for Nutrition. The animal health company welcomes new recruit Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas, who will bring a wealth of experience in animal nutrition following a fixed term role as a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne School of Agriculture and Food. As an expert in livestock production, Dr Gonzalez-Rivas is a veterinarian from Chile with a Masters in animal studies from the University of Queensland and a PhD in Agricultural Sciences. She brings five years of experience in small and large animal practice in Chile, and six years of experience in research applied to nutrition and heat stress in ruminants. During her research career, Dr Gonzalez-Rivas conducted cutting edge research into the relationship between nutrition, the environment and livestock production. During her Masters, she studied Northern Beef phosphorous deficiencies, while in her PhD she focused on heat stress amelioration in ruminants using nutritional approaches. She then completed a post-doctorate fellowship that explored the effects of heat stress on meat quality in feedlot cattle. With this experience, Dr Gonzalez-Rivas brings world class knowledge relating to the impact of animal nutrition on health and production, particularly during periods of high demand such as joining, calving and weaning, and during challenging environmental conditions. With Virbac Australia’s reputation for focusing on the needs of veterinarians and farmers to deliver innovative solutions to improve animal health, Dr Gonzalez-Rivas is well placed to contribute to the company’s continued success. “I’m looking forward to working with farmers and veterinarians to create better animal health and production by improving nutrition and address their needs and concerns in this area,” she says. “I will have the opportunity to interact with farmers and veterinarians across the country and provide advice on animal nutrition and the benefits of Multimin trace mineral injection, one of Virbac Australia’s best-known products for immunity, health and fertility.” “Having a strong team that’s 100% focused on Multimin is unique,” Dr Gonzalez-Rivas continues. “Multimin has demonstrated its efficacy in Australia and around the world. I hope to contribute with my veterinary and scientific knowledge to support the brand by developing strategies to help producers improve their productivity.” As part of her new role, Dr Gonzalez-Rivas plans to spearhead trials that demonstrate the known benefits of Multimin under Australian conditions. She will also investigate currently undiscovered benefits of Multimin in other areas of animal health and production, as well as present seminars and attend meetings and roadshows to share her knowledge with Australian producers, vets, and other industry professionals. With Australian producers continuously placing more importance on nutrition, Virbac Australia’s latest hiring decision is part of their goal to provide the industry with industry leading trace mineral advice and solutions for all stages of production – particularly during periods of high demand, and in a constantly changing environment affected by challenging weather conditions. As Dr Gonzalez-Rivas explains, “nutrition – along with adequate health programs such as vaccination and drenching – is the base for good health. I’m excited to work with Virbac to advance the work that’s already been achieved in this area by the country’s leader in the animal health market.” To find out more about Virbac Australia, visit au.virbac.com - Ends - Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Adam Arndell - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0403 372 889 adam.arndell@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas during cattle research trial Virbac Australia plant Leading veterinarian to reveal the latest trace minerals research for optimal dairy cattle performance in Tasmania. 2019-06-05T21:07:34Z leading-veterinarian-to-reveal-the-latest-trace-minerals-research-for-optimal-dairy-cattle-performance-in-tasmania Animal health company Virbac Australia will shortly be commencing a two-week-long roadshow throughout Victoria and Tasmania to explain the effects of trace minerals on dairy cattle health and performance. The multi-stop tour will be headlined by international dairy veterinarian Dr Dan Tracy, who will be joined by a host of local industry experts. It promises to be a unique opportunity to learn more about the latest research on trace mineral science and the impact of trace mineral injections on cow and calf immune systems, with insights on how and why trace mineral injections can improve herd fertility. Trace minerals are an essential component of dairy cattle nutrition. Producers will benefit from optimising levels across their herd. "Our research has found that trace mineral injections can result in improved reproductive efficiency and reduced diseases in cows and calves,” says Dr Tracy. “Fertility and immunity problems can be corrected with mineral injections, and we aim to deliver the key findings of the latest studies into this area, and reveal how producers can optimise their dairy herds using trace mineral injections.” Virbac Australia Livestock Nutrition Specialist Dr Jerry Liu describes Dr Tracy’s tour as a great way for producers to hear from an expert in the field. “Dr Tracy has many years of experience in the area of animal nutrition, herd health and reproductive management. We’re looking forward to hearing his findings, which should be a real help to Southern producers wanting to get their herd performance ready,” says Dr Liu. The tour’s second leg will be Tasmania, where the team will appear at an event in Scottsdale on Friday 14 June. Interested producers are invited to contact Virbac representative Rob Youl on 0412 742 307, or email rob.youl@virbac.com.au for more information on how to attend. For more information on Virbac Australia’s injectable trace mineral Multimin, visit www.virbac.com.au/multimincattle Day Time Town Venue Friday 14th June 12-1.30pm Scottsdale, TAS RSL Community Club, 30 George St Media Opportunity Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Tracy during his visit, as well as attend the event. - Ends – Contact: Kate Munsie, C7EVEN Communications, 0421 935 843 Dr Dan Tracy: Dan Tracy DVM, MS received his DVM at Mississippi State University of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. In 2002 he received his MS degree in Dairy Production Medicine at Mississippi State. Upon completion of college, Dr Tracy worked as a large animal practitioner working with beef and dairy producers. His practice experience includes dairy and beef nutrition consultation, herd heath and reproductive management. 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 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. Photo captions: Dr Dan Tracy 2018 Multimin Roadshow Event