The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-18T01:37:12Z 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 Leading veterinarian to reveal the latest trace minerals research for optimal dairy cattle performance in Victoria roadshow. 2019-06-02T23:13:09Z leading-veterinarian-to-reveal-the-latest-trace-minerals-research-for-optimal-dairy-cattle-performance-in-victoria-roadshow 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. With trace minerals being an essential component of dairy cattle nutrition, deficiencies are known to be the primary source of productivity losses for animals lacking optimal levels. "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 first stop will be country Victoria, where the team will appear at events in Warragul, Leongatha, Yarram, Tinamba and Sale between Tuesday 11 and Thursday 13 June. Please note: This is an invitation-only event. Please contact your local Virbac Australia representative or your local Virbac merchandise store 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 Tuesday 11th June 12-2pm Warragul, VIC Warragul Country Club Tuesday 11th June 7pm Leongatha, VIC Leongatha RSL Wednesday 12th June 12-2pm Yarram, VIC Yarram Country Club Wednesday 12th June 7pm Tinamba, VIC Tinamba Hotel Thursday 13th June 12-2pm Sale, VIC Criterion Hotel Media Opportunity Virbac Australia welcomes the media to interview Dr Tracy during 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 2018 Multimin Roadshow Event Expert-led weaner management roadshow tours Tasmania on first leg of nationwide event 2019-05-14T00:55:48Z expert-led-weaner-management-roadshow-tours-tasmania-on-first-leg-of-nationwide-event Two industry experts will shortly be hosting a Virbac Australia Cydectin Long Acting Weaner Management Roadshow at venues across Tasmania, as they present invaluable information to farmers on weaner management best practice fluke and worm control. Dr Matthew Ball (Beacon Veterinary Clinic owner and Livestock Technical Services Manager at Virbac Animal Health) and Dr Craig Dwyer, (Clinical Lead for Apiam Animal Health Group) will be touring the country on the first leg of what’s set to be a nationwide tour of Australia. As Dr Dwyer explains, weaning is a time of increased stress for young animals, due to a range of factors. “Whether from the stress of being separated from their mothers, the loss of milk in their diet or close confinement with other animals in the yard, these factors can take their toll, making calves more susceptible to both infectious and non-infectious diseases.” The recent change of season can also bring increased rainfall, which heightens the chance of an animal being infected with internal parasites like worms and liver fluke, causing a loss of condition, scours and anaemia in weaners up to 24 months of age. Dr Dwyer is convinced that “a good animal health program is the best form of defence once weaners are in the yard, because it gives them the best possible chance for optimal health and wellbeing as they grow.” Together, the veterinarians will take a practical look at various aspects of weaner health and wellbeing, with a particular focus on the best types and compositions of drench, fluke and worm products. Dr Ball explains that “it can be challenging to make sense of which drench is best suited to weaners. Which drenches are ‘knock-downs’ and which protect for longer? Do weaners need the same drench as cows? Which fluke and worm products are best for productivity? Which chemicals are safe for dung beetles? How do you combine different products into a program? What’s the best way to manage or prevent fluke and worm drench resistance? We’ll answer all these questions and more during the course of our presentations.” For Virbac Australia Tasmania Sales Manager Rob Youl, the roadshow is a great opportunity to learn from leaders in their field. “The presentations from Dr Dwyer and Dr Ball will provide attendees with practical information that can be applied directly on their farm. This promises to be a unique experience for beef and dairy producers, as they learn the latest and most effective weaner management programs for improved cattle health.” 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. Tasmania roadshow itinerary: Date Location Time 21 May 2019 Agritas Conference Centre, Smithton 12pm Lunch available. 22 May 2019 The Boomerang, Currie King Island 12pm Lunch available. About the speakers Dr Matthew Ball Dr Ball has 18 years experience helping cattle farmers in a range of clinical, advisory and research roles. His employment includes jobs in clinical practice, government and industry, and he’s also undertaken postgraduate qualifications in disease surveillance and education. Based on the northern rivers of NSW, Matthew is passionate about helping cattle farmers develop practical and profitable preventative health programs, helping them to understand how medicines work and the scientific differences between animal health products. Dr Craig Dwyer Former President of Australian Cattle Vets and Veterinarian, Dr Craig Dwyer graduated from Queensland University in 1998. After graduation he worked in dairy practice in Smithton Tasmania before continuing his career in England and Wales. Craig then returned to Smithton Veterinary Service where he became a partner in the practice. This practice is now part of the Apiam Animal Health group and Craig acts as Clinic Lead for the Tasmanian practices. Craig has completed the Sydney University postgraduate course in ruminant nutrition and in 2007 passed his membership exams in ruminant animal nutrition. Craig’s veterinary interests include cattle reproduction, bull fertility, nutrition and production. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Dr Matthew Ball, Livestock Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia Dr Craig Dwyer, Clinical Lead for Apiam Animal Health Group Virbac Australia to present a series of cattle health sessions at this year’s Gympie Show 2019-05-13T00:30:48Z virbac-australia-to-present-a-series-of-cattle-health-sessions-at-this-years-gympie-show The ever-popular Gympie Show is back – and this year, animal health company Virbac Australia will be part of the line-up as they present a series of cattle health sessions designed to support producers with tips and advice on improving animal productivity and profitability. With cattle ticks in the Gympie region being especially problematic for young weaner cattle, Virbac Australia is running four presentations to help farmers improve the immunity and health of young weaner cattle, as well as identify the best broad spectrum long-acting drench and trace mineral supplements to support them at this critical time in their development. Delivered by Victor Moffroid, Area Sales Manager for the Gympie region, he’ll also be demonstrating the correct application method for injectable long-acting drenches and injectable trace mineral supplements. Events run at the Showground Cattle Yards on Thursday May 16th at 12.00pm and 4.00pm, and Friday 17th May at 10:30am and 2:30pm. They’re free to attend, and interested media and event visitors are invited to turn up and register on the day. Everyone that registers will go into the draw to win a 200ml pack of Cydectin Long Acting Injection for Cattle, with the winner drawn on Friday 17th May. This year’s Gympie Show promises to offer an amazing experience for all, and Virbac Australia is looking forward to being part of what has over the years become a major highlight of the regions agricultural calendar. To find out more about Virbac Australia, please visit https://au.virbac.com/ Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Victor Moffroid, Virbac Australia Area Sales Manager Beef producer administering Cydectin LA Veterinarian warns of post-flooding botulism risk for northern QLD 2019-05-09T04:27:14Z veterinarian-warns-of-post-flooding-botulism-risk-for-northern-qld In the wake of Queensland’s recent flooding, a leading vet has flagged the heightened risk of botulism for northern cattle producers. Botulism thrives in decaying animal and plant matter. With producers having faced the loss of many cattle, there’s likely to be an increased presence of the lethal toxin, both now and for many years to come, says Dr Matt Ball, Veterinarian and Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia. The number of animal carcasses made conditions ideal for the proliferation of the disease. Latest estimates were half a million cattle dead, and with many cattle in recovery mode, survivors will be driven to chew bones to obtain vital nutrients. The number one method to combat this problem is an effective vaccination program. Dr Ball has spent three years researching the immune response of northern Australian cattle to botulism. His research confirmed the challenges of successfully vaccinating cattle in northern Australia due to nutritional and other factors, with the choice of vaccine found to have a major affect on protection levels. Recent field research conducted by Virbac and the Department of Primary Industry & Resources has shown that even after vaccination, only 70-80% of cattle may be protected. A range of issues can affect success – from missed mustering in often challenging environments to difficulty in handling animal health products, as well as compromised immunity on vaccination day. As Dr Ball explains, now that the risk is so much higher, a booster will pick up the 20% of animals that may still be vulnerable. It’s also important to remember that botulism is a ‘challenge-based’ disease – so in much the same way as shatterproof glass can still be broken by a big enough rock, a previously vaccinated animal can still die if given a high enough dose of the toxin. “Even if you’ve vaccinated prior to the floods, you’ll likely want to talk to an animal health advisor about the possibility of a booster, as this will give the highest possible level of antibodies to meet the increased levels of toxins currently present,” says Dr Ball. There are differences in the available botulism vaccines in Australia. SingVac, available as a One Year or Three Year product and containing an innovative ‘water in oil in water’ formulation, was found in local research to be capable of producing a higher level of antibodies when compared to other vaccines on the market. It is an ideal vaccine to protect cattle through this high-risk period. In the face of the widespread risk caused by the huge number of livestock mortalities in the recent floods, vaccination is the best form of defense to help minimise the threat from this deadly disease. A botulism management plan is vital for successful post-flood farm recovery. Farmers are invited to find out more about SingVac at au.virbac.com Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Dr Matt Ball, Veterinarian and Technical Services Manager at Virbac Australia Northern QLD Brahman Cattle Synology Host Solutions Exhibition alongside Computex, 2019 2019-05-08T22:30:00Z synology-host-solutions-exhibition-alongside-computex-2019 Data lies at the core of every industry transformation. Synology provides a wide array of solutions to ensure business continuity. Join us to explore the data life cycle and discover infinite possibilities of file access, storage, and backup. Synology will be hosting its own Solution Exhibition alongside Computex 2019 and you're invited! Join Synology at their new HQ in Taiwan! Date: 29th May 2019 - 31st May 2019 Time: 10am - 6pm Venue: Synology HQ - TPKA in Taipei Far Eastern Telecom Park (1F, No.1, Yuandong Rd., Banqiao Dist., New Taipei City 220) 8-minute walk from the Far Eastern Hospital MRT station (Exit 3) For more information: https://event.synology.com/en-global/solutionexhibition_2019 If of interest and for RSVP, please contact: Shazana Roseli at shazana.roseli@taurusmarketing.com.au, John Wanna at john.wanna@taurusmarketing.com.au or Stacey Toskas at stacey.toskas@taurusmarketing.com.au +61 029415 4528 Virbac Multimin Performance Ready Challenge winner announced! 2019-05-06T02:57:02Z virbac-multimin-performance-ready-challenge-winner-announced After 12 intensive months of in-depth trace mineral trials conducted by seven farmers around Australia and their mentors, the results of the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge winner’s vote are finally in. With close to 5,000 public votes cast for the three finalists, and 50% of the votes going to the overall winner, challenge organiser Virbac Australia are thrilled to announce the 2019 Multimin Challenger Queen as Victorian farmer Renee Murfett from Framlingham. Virbac Australia’s Livestock Nutrition Product Manager Jerry Liu described the level of public support for the challenge as “truly amazing. This competition has really captured the hearts and minds of our farming communities, and we’re incredibly proud of Renee and her mentor Dr Susan Swaney for all the hard work and dedication they’ve put into this trial over the last year.” Renee’s goal was clear from word go. “I wanted to use Multimin to increase the immunity, health and productivity of our calves,” she explains. With five heifers previously lost due to broken legs, all indications were that her stock was suffering from suboptimal levels of trace minerals. “The Multimin Challenge was a great opportunity to see the impact of trace mineral supplementation on our livestock health and performance,” says Renee. With the trial itself focusing on 105 treated animals and 105 untreated animals, calves were weighed at birth and even numbered tags were given a shot of Multimin injection, with odd numbered tags left untreated as a control mob. “Our first observation was that the treated calves had a very shiny coat compared to the untreated animals,” Renee explains. “With skin being the first line of defense, animals with healthy coats have higher immunity to disease, and they can better fight off infections – and that leads to improved future productivity.” The next obvious difference was when calves were transitioned onto hard feed. “Many untreated animals developed scouring and went off their feed for 2-3 days,” Renee reports. “However, none of the Multimin-treated animals developed scours, and continued to feed well. This really impressed me, because scouring calves are very hard work and very time-consuming – so to be able to avoid that problem is a major bonus.” “This trial has proved the critical roles trace elements play in immunity and animal health, and it’s really showed how Multimin can enhance immunity. There’s no doubt that optimisation of trace minerals at high demand times can improve animal health and productivity,” concludes Renee. “It’s been a fascinating12 month trial, and I’m over the moon to hear that I’ve won the competition.” As part of her prize, Virbac Australia will be sending Renee on an overseas study tour tailored to her farming system, valued at more than $20,000. She’ll be jetting off on an overseas study tour to learn more about best-practice dairy farming. “It’s going to be life-changing,” says Renee. “To have this opportunity to study overseas dairy farming practices and gain new inspiration to help improve our business is incredible. I feel really excited for what’s to come.” For Jerry, the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge has been a unique way for the industry to encourage livestock producers to get involved and learn more about this important aspect of animal health and nutrition. “The program has received an incredible amount of support from the public, and also from livestock experts all over Australia. The results of this challenge will really help us to continue pioneering new research that improves product efficacy and benefits our local producers.” Find out more about Multimin, Virbac Australia’s Performance Ready Challenge and Challenger Queen Renee Murfett at www.multiminchallenge.com Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Multimin Performance Ready Challenge Winner Renee Murfett Renee Murfett with mentor Dr Susan Swaney ‘School pressure, family life, digital identity, increased expectations’: the reason Girl Guides exists today 2019-04-30T22:43:54Z school-pressure-family-life-digital-identity-increased-expectations-the-reason-girl-guides-exists-today Girl Guides NSW & ACT will focus on the role Guiding plays in supporting young girls navigate school pressures, family life, digital identity and raised expectations with the launch of a new campaign called A Place To Grow to coincide with May - Girl Guides Month. This vital piece of communication to young girls, their families and thousands of active and potential volunteers, will highlight the diverse experiences on offer and its relevance for the young girls of today. Sarah Neill, State Commissioner said that Girl Guides provides a place for young people to feel secure. “We come together over a variety of activities, build confidence and resilience which makes our young people better able to cope with their lives. “We encourage our girls to build life skills, and have the freedom to be adventurous, learn strong communication skills, laugh, and make life-long friendships,” said Commissioner Neill. Ella Ezergailis, aged 12, was inspired to join Girl Guides after hearing her mother’s stories of Guiding and wanted her share of adventure and fun. In 2018, Ella became the youngest Girl Guide to take part in ‘Girl Takeover Parliament’ event, in which she watched Question Time in the Chamber of the House of Representatives. Disgusted by the behaviour, Ella wrote a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison telling him so. “I decided to write to the Prime Minister and ask him to change the culture in Parliament House. I told him he should visit my school to learn how to behave respectfully. “My letter was shared around the world on social media and was reported by news outlets. “Girl Guides has given me the confidence to do such a thing, however the result made me feel that a 12-year-old girl’s voice was important, and girls do have the power to change the world,” said Ella. Now in its 99th year, Girl Guides in NSW & ACT has 7,400 members across 540 Units. Comissioner Neill said recent research revealed that 90% of girls joined the organisation before the age of 11 and stayed because it provided the perfect antidote to the complex and pressured lives of young people. “Our research showed that young girls join for the things they need most at this stage of their lives: fun, meeting friends outside of school and developing new skills. “Parents said they wanted their daughters to join to help them build their confidence, meet new friends and have a community orientation to their life. “Our programs offer a connection to experiences and community that schools and busy families can’t. “We have large scale events and the traditional jamboree, but mostly girls choose their own activities to complete, from creative pursuits to sailing, coding to cooking, orientation to fundraising,” said Commissioner Neill. A Place To Grow will use the 540 Units of Girl Guides NSW & ACT, to promote the stories of resilience, confidence building and friendship it encourages, through social media, local press, local events such as school fetes and Girl Guides own Come and Try nights. Helen White, CEO said, the grass-roots approach is what Girl Guides excel at. “Over 1,000,000 Australians are or have been a Girl Guide. We work at the local level, in communities and across regions supporting and empowering the women of tomorrow. “There is a resurgence of interest in Girl Guides, as young people and their families look at ways to combat the pressures of busy and digital lives. We’re all about supporting someone to find their own path, to build resilience, and life skills to take them wherever they wish,” said Ms White. However, is Girl Guides still relevant for the girls of today? Ella says that it is. “Girl Guides is even more relevant to young people growing up with a digital life. “Girl Guides teaches you how to interact socially, be a responsible citizen, how to deal with emergency situations and gives you the courage to accept challenges. “I even went on camp for a week without my phone, and I survived.” More information: www.aplacetogrow.org.au New Media App Launches To Kill Off The Press Release 2019-04-30T04:15:39Z new-media-app-launches-to-kill-off-the-press-release A new technology platform has launches tomorrow made just for you. This tech platform called Story Match® will change the way that you receive your story pitches. No more emails, no more press releases and no more hassling PRs (I promise not to be one of those…) First, watch this! In 1.5 minutes it will explain it all to you… Story Match® is a two sided market place App and Desktop platform that allows brands to pitch story ideas to journalists, at the same time allowing journalists to select only what topics of stories they want to receive. Journalists, like you, set up their profile using 6 simple steps. You can select from up to 50 industry tags (food, finance, lifestyle, tech, etc etc) and can localise by State and Territories. If there’s a match on industry tags then you see the pitch. Using swiping technology you can scroll through stories, swipe left if you don’t like the story or right if you do. If you swipe right, it will open an immediate and private chat between you and the person who posted the pitch. The best bit…. The pitches have limitations – so brands can only upload selected images, a headline and up to 500 characters to bring their pitch to life. They then select which industry tag their story is relevant to, and localise it. So now you don’t need to read any more press releases or receive any more pitches that you’re not interested in. Story Match® was developed to improve efficiencies in the media industry, and allow all brands, no matter how big or small the opportunity to get their brand noticed. The tech platform has been developed by Founder and Director of Polkadot Communications Dionne Taylor – who has worked both as a journalist and a PR for the last 15 years. Dionne is available for an interview to chat about this new and exciting platform, built just for YOU! If interested in speaking with Dionne, please get in touch. Under two weeks left to vote for the Virbac Multimin Performance Ready Challenge winner 2019-04-22T22:43:34Z under-two-weeks-left-to-vote-for-the-virbac-multimin-performance-ready-challenge-winner There are just a couple of weeks to go to cast your vote before one Australian livestock producer is crowned the Multimin Performance Ready Challenger King or Queen for 2019. Launched by animal health company Virbac Australia, the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge has been running for the past 12 months. The program’s top three challengers, Don McConnel (QLD), Renee Murfett (VIC) and Ryan Willing (WA) are all in the running to win the study trip of a lifetime tailored to their farming system, valued at more than $20,000 ­– and with thousands of votes already cast by the public, the voting is currently neck and neck. Challenger Don says Multimin has already helped his heifers’ immunity and fertility during what is a very hard stage of their lives, giving them the lift in production they were looking for. “We’ve learnt some really invaluable information about our herd’s health and the benefits of Multimin if given at high demand moments pre-joining, and in conjunction with vaccines to help boost the animals’ immune system,” he says. For Renee, the challenge has been a great opportunity to see the impact of the trace mineral injections on livestock health and performance. “The trial confirmed the critical roles that trace minerals play in immunity and animal health and shows us that immunity can be enhanced by use of Multimin. There’s no doubt that optimisation of trace minerals at high demand time points can provide improved animal health and productivity,” she says. Ryan reports that before starting using Multimin “my yearlings used to look brown and shaggy by the end of winter – but they were keeping their shiny black coats, which is the first sign of good health. Treatment with Multimin four weeks from joining lifted the average conception rate from 85% to 92% over a 9-week joining period. I also saw weight gains in my steers by using a combination of Multimin and Cydectin Long Acting Injection, with results showing a 1 kg/day average from weaning to spring sale,” says Ryan. For all three challengers, the opportunity to learn from the overseas study tour prize awarded to the overall winner will be instrumental in helping them to improve productivity. "As young farmers, an overseas study tour would be incredibly beneficial for learning and implementing new practices, ensuring our farm’s growth and sustainability into the future," says Ryan. Renee agrees, saying that it would be “life-changing to see overseas dairy farming practices, and the opportunity would bring fresh inspiration and ideas to help improve our business.” Meanwhile, for Don the prize would be “an ideal opportunity to learn about new technologies and techniques in practice, and see how we could bring that home to help us lift production and efficiency.” Data collected from the challenge will also assist Virbac with future research projects aiming to improve product efficacy. As Virbac Australia’s Livestock Nutrition Marketing Manager Jerry Liu explains, “nutritional science is dynamic and always evolving – and as the market leader, it’s important for us to capture data through trials with real beef, dairy and sheep producers, so we can continue to pioneer new research that benefits our local producers.” There’s still time to vote for your favourite challenger and send them on an overseas study tour. Voting closes at midnight on May 5, so cast your vote for the Multimin King or Queen of 2019 now at www.multiminchallenge.com Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: VIC Multimin Performance Ready Challenger Renee Murfett WA Multimin Performance Ready Challenger Ryan Willing with Mentor Dr Enoch Bergman QLD Multimin Performance Ready Challenger Don McConnel