The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-08-06T12:00:56Z Where are the hotspots? 2020-08-06T12:00:56Z where-are-the-hotspots Dear Editor, The latest Victorian COVID-19 key outbreak data lists twelve hotspots, of which six are in the business of killing animals for meat. These six companies account for over two thirds of the total cases in these hotspots. Are we getting the message yet? The high-speed killing of terrified animals for their flesh is toxic – in more ways than one. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia 1a Henderson St Northcote VIC 3070 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au CASES IN KEY OUTBREAKS - 6 August 2020 Organisation Cases Percentage Bertocchi Smallgoods 196 Somerville Retail Services 164 JBS 122 Australian Lamb Co 83 Golden Farms Poultry 31 Ingham's 29 TOTAL MEAT CORPORATIONS 625 67.4% Melbourne Health 89 Woolworths Distribution 59 Linfox 44 Nino Early Learning 43 Catholic Regional College 37 Respite Services 30 TOTAL NON-MEAT 302 32.6% GRAND TOTAL 927 New “FREE” udStream 3D Data Visualisation Launch a Great Success! 2020-08-04T23:00:35Z new-free-udstream-3d-data-visualisation-launch-a-great-success-1 Two weeks ago, due to market demand, Euclideon launched its new Free 3D data visualisation product called udStream. The new model is experiencing tremendous take-up and has been a great success, with hundreds of users already on board. Euclideon udStream is designed to help a large volume of users manage their work on 3D digital assets. UdStream is a new fast Free tool that enables breathtaking visualisations of massive point cloud data that can be streamed or stored locally. It provides the ability to stream, share and visualise massive point-cloud data files previously thought to be ‘too big’ to visualise. udStream helps customers with their workflow, collaboration, and project management opportunities with a ‘game-changing’ data visualisation tool. udStream content creators can easily share projects across the entire business as well as with their external customers - allowing deeper project collaboration, enhanced workflows and ‘one version of the truth’. udStream simply handles and brings to life massive 3D point-cloud data visualisation at speeds previously unimagined. With continuous growth, Euclideon services customers in a multitude of industries such as mining, rail, roads, bathymetry, defence, geospatial, oil and gas, government and many more. As well as partnering with major industry leaders such as Unity, Reigl, Aerometrex, Siemens, Esri, Austmine and Leica, with udStream being the medium for digital twin visualisation. To sign up and use udStream Free, or for more information, please visit the company website www.euclideon.com Profit above public safety 2020-08-04T11:47:51Z profit-above-public-safety Dear Editor, Under Stage 4 restrictions in Victoria we cannot have a haircut, exercise for more than an hour, or buy food after 8.00pm. Why, then, is dog racing still permitted? According to the Premier, shutting down the industry would present "significant animal welfare issues." What can we take from this statement, apart from assuming that a greyhound who no longer makes money for his or her "guardian" is going to be neglected, abandoned, or killed? After all, this is an industry that railed against legislation requiring them to provide dogs with enriching toys, claiming this "anthropomorphised" greyhounds. Greyhound trainers have previously been exposed for dumping dogs in mass graves, and live-baiting small animals. I am the proud fur-grandpa of two rescued greyhounds. These loving, quirky individuals spent their early lives cut off from natural pleasures like play, socialisation, and regular walks. One of them was confined to a cage for most of the day, and forced to live in her own waste. Her only exercise was being chained to a walking machine. The other dog has badly-worn teeth from chewing on the bars of her cage, and anxiety issues that are only now settling after years in a loving home. The cruel practices of this patently non-essential business should not be permitted in a State of Disaster, or any state at all. This exemption to the lockdown only serves to prove that racing industries put profit above anything else – including public safety. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia 1a Henderson St Northcote 3070 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Stage four restrictions won’t stop the killing 2020-08-03T21:45:50Z stage-four-restrictions-wont-stop-the-killing Dear Editor, Hundreds of COVID-19 cases have been linked to Victorian slaughterhouses, but the new stage four restrictions allow them to stay open while, throughout the State, people are losing their jobs, businesses, homes and even their lives. As "non-essential" businesses close, the totally non-essential slaughterhouses continue to kill thousands of animals every hour, animals who, like us, want to live. Let’s not forget what got us into this mess. Experts believe the virus originated at a meat market in China. It’s no wonder that a deadly virus flourished in such an environment, with so many stressed, terrified animals in close conditions. But factory farms and abattoirs in Australia are no different, and in fact, the types of animals most commonly connected to viral outbreaks in humans are chickens and pigs. Around Australia, millions of chickens are crammed together in small cages and pigs are packed in faeces-ridden sheds and abattoirs, where they are killed on floors soaked with blood, urine, and other bodily fluids. Overall, 75% of recently emerged infectious diseases affecting humans were transmitted from other animals. To curb the spread of this pandemic, and prevent the next one, we urgently need to close the slaughterhouses. And as individuals we have the power to effect change every time we sit down to eat. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 FOUR PAWS rescues two bear cubs from illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam 2020-07-31T02:21:57Z four-paws-rescues-two-bear-cubs-from-illegal-wildlife-trade-in-vietnam Global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS has rescued two Asiatic black bear cubs that were confiscated by the environmental police in Lai Chau Province at the Vietnam border to China on 21st July 2020. The cubs, a male and a female, are only a few months old. The accused wildlife smuggler was already closely monitored by the police due to his criminal record on wildlife poaching and trafficking. He was arrested after trying to sell the cubs online via a social media platform. FOUR PAWS was contacted by the authorities to bring them to its BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh in Northern Vietnam, where they will receive all the care they need to grow up into healthy bears. Only days after the confiscation, Vietnam announced an immediate ban on all wildlife trade including the import of wildlife and wildlife products into the country. FOUR PAWS applauds the Vietnamese government on this landmark step and hopes that it is followed with stringent enforcement efforts. A small FOUR PAWS team made the 11-hour journey to Lai Chau province on 22nd July and freed the cubs from the tiny cage they were kept in before leaving for BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh on the next day. Before the departure, the cubs received a health check and were fed with milk. “Both cubs were very stressed and huffed at anyone trying to approach them. The male is quite protective of the female, who is very timid, hiding in a corner and nestling under him. They will now receive all the care they need to calm down and recover from a turbulent start of their lives. Both cubs are in stable condition, but slightly underweight. Our vets are examining them thoroughly and once we are sure they are disease free we will socialise them with another bear cub we rescued earlier this year from similar circumstances,” says Emily Lloyd, Animal Manager at BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh. The cubs would not survive if released back into the wild, thus they will remain at the sanctuary.Vietnam bans wildlife trade in light of COVID-19 pandemicOnly days after the two cubs were confiscated from an illegal trader, Vietnam announced on July 24th that the import and trade of wild animals and their parts would be banned under a new Directive. Moreover, in an unprecedented step, Vietnam has vowed to act against the online sale of wild animals, which is an increasing trend in the region. As one of the biggest consumers of wild animals worldwide this is a major step in not only stopping the next pandemic but also protecting wild animals from being poached from the wild or cruelly bred on farms to meet demands for human consumption like bear bile for pseudo remedial purposes. “Although the sale and possession of bear bile is illegal in Vietnam it still exists as due to weak enforcement of the laws. We hope that this new directive and subsequent revised enforcement efforts will also affect bear farming and eradicate the illegal sale and possession of bile products. We also hope that these efforts will ensure no new and illegal bears enter bear farms and that any unregistered bears are swiftly confiscated,” says Kieran Harkin, responsible for Wild Animals in Trade at FOUR PAWS. Following its years-long work on ending illegal bear farming and wildlife trafficking in Vietnam, FOUR PAWS prompts the Vietnamese authorities to enforce the ban comprehensively in order to efficiently protect wildlife.BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh: A species-appropriate home for rescued bearsFOUR PAWS has been working with local partners since 2017 to free as many bears as possible from their sad fate. In recent years, the number of bears on bear farms in Vietnam has dramatically declined from approximately 936 in 2017 to 406 currently being held on private bear farms. With its bear sanctuary in Ninh Binh, FOUR PAWS is supporting the Vietnamese government to end bile bear farming in Vietnam and provide a species-appropriate home for up to 100 rescued bears once all construction is finished. BEAR SANCTUARY Ninh Binh is not only a safe home for former bile bears, it is also an awareness and education centre for wildlife conservation in Vietnam. Some of the 34 Asiatic black bears currently living in the bear sanctuary were not only victims of cruel bile farming prior to their rescue, but illegally traded as well. Images of the cubs are available here: https://four-paws.canto.global/b/K4UEE (copyright information in photo properties, link valid 14 days) 2020 is tough. Wine chicks are tougher. The 6th annual Australian Women in Wine Awards open next week. 2020-07-30T05:51:12Z 2020-is-tough-wine-chicks-are-tougher-the-australian-women-in-wine-awards-open-next-week In a year where few things are going ahead as planned, the 2020 Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) proudly announces that it opens for entries on Tuesday 4th August.  The ravaging impacts of drought, fire, flood and a global pandemic mean that, in 2020, stories of ‘success’ may not necessarily mean what they have in the past. Staying in business, creatively retaining staff, pivoting to find new markets, navigating times of uncertainty, utilising leadership skills, breaking new ground and holding your space. These are just some of the achievements the AWIWA wants to uncover through the awards in this most unprecedented of times. “We need stories of celebration and triumph this year more than ever,” says Jane Thomson, AWIWA founder and chair. “We’ve amended our criteria for each award to reflect the situation we’re all now living in. We think that 2020 could actually be the most powerful year yet for these awards as they reveal the stories of grit and determination by the women in our industry that may perhaps otherwise go untold.” The 2020 award categories are:  ·      Winemaker of the Year – sponsored by Tonnellerie Saint Martin ·      Viticulturist of the Year – sponsored by Wine Australia ·      Marketer of the Year – sponsored by denomination ·      Cellar Door Person of the Year – sponsored by Langton’s ·      Champion of Diversity and Equality – sponsored by Australian Grape & Wine ·      Owner / Operator of the Year – sponsored by Bacchus Academy ·      Woman of Inspiration - a judges’ choice award (no entry required) Entries close on 29 September, and the winners will be announced in a livestream broadcast on Tuesday 24th November. Once again, cities, towns and wine regions will be encouraged to host their own awards party whilst tuning in. The AWIWA pioneered this style of online wine awards ceremony when the awards launched in 2015, and again in 2016. It was not until 2017 (in London with Wine Australia) that there was a traditional, real-life awards ceremony. “We’re going back to where it all started,” continued Ms. Thomson. “This method of announcing the winners actually ensures more people can participate and be part of the excitement of the evening. It will also allow gatherings of people in small numbers - dependent on the COVID restrictions in each state at that time.” The awards are entirely funded by sponsorship. This year the AWIWA is thrilled to announce that the 2020 Platinum Partner is Portavin. While the 2020 Gold Partners are Hydra Consulting, Pernod-Ricard Winemakers, Langton’s and Wine Business Magazine.     *** ENDS ***   About the Australian Women in Wine Awards Started in 2015, and now in its sixth year, the Australian Women in Wine Awards are the world’s first and only awards platform for women in wine. The AWIWA works to celebrate and reward the work of women in the Australian wine community, and community leaders who champion equality and fairness for all sexes in the workplace.   The awards are owned and operated by The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society and conducted with the assistance of an advisory board of industry leaders. This 2020 board includes Jeni Port, Corrina Wright, Toni Carlino, Sarah Collingwood, Alexia Roberts and Shirley Fraser. Media contact - Lara Jago 0416 355 070 laraj@fabulousladieswinesociety.com   VetSupply Announces August Sale to Help Pet Parents During This C-Virus Pandemic 2020-07-30T05:24:11Z vetsupply-announces-august-sale-to-help-pet-parents-during-this-c-virus-pandemic VetSupply is all set to launch a surprising August Sale this year 2020 with an aim to help pet parents during these difficult times. Nobody is oblivion to the current situation and it is absolute that how difficult is the current situation for pet parents coping up with the financial crisis amidst pandemic. Considering the various aspects, the online pet store VetSupply has thoughtfully concluded to bring the unexpected August Sale offering deep discounts. The company offers huge discounts on the varied range of products. Whether you are a parent of a dog breed, cat breed, horse breed or bird breed, you will not be disappointed with the range of products in stock and the huge discounts on them. With its colossal range of pet products listed under several categories, VetSupply is also looking forward to bring in a variety of pet essentials that may be helpful for pet parents during the lockdown duration. The aim is to bring pet essentials directly to them without the need for them to leave their couches. VetSupply, along with the August Sale, is also set to offer day to day deals making pet shopping easier and affordable. “Considering the tough times, it seems fair that we put in effort to offer special sale for pet lovers. There is no better time to help pet owners, now that we are facing periods of isolation at home,” says a vet technician at VetSupply. “Our team is also working towards contact less delivery aiming for the complete health of pets and their pet parents,” claims Operation Manager at VetSupply.     In addition to providing pet parents with affordable pet supplies, VetSupply, with the changing times, also aspires to infuse state-of-the-art contact less delivery and innovative solutions in bringing a wide range of pet essentials at the doorstep even to the remotest place of Australia, giving their customers access to a unique breadth of product diversity including top brands at competitive prices, unlike anywhere in Australia. Most pet essentials are on big sale with huge discounts. Moreover, pet parents can also take advantage of the combo offers that are profusely designed to meet budget of pet parents when they are struggling to provide the pet essentials for their furry companions. “We always aim to look into the difficulties of pet owners and always strive to employ the best ways in whatever possible ways we can do through our services,” says Chief Customer Service Officer at VetSupply. VetSupply has always amazed the Australians with its exceptional offers, innovative services and always extended its support to pet parents in taking care of their beloved fur kids during the challenging times. And, the current COVID pandemic is no exception. About VetSupply: VetSupply is a leading Australian online pet store serving the whole continent. With its aim to offer affordable pet essentials, the mission and vision of the company is to make the top brands available at most competitive prices to every pet parent across the continent making pet parenting easier and affordable. Exceptionally well-known for its huge collection of pet products ranging from pet treatments, medications, pet food, and accessories to supplements, VetSupply also provides knowledgeable information on pet health and pet care hacks. The leading online store also offers great deals on all the major products including heartworm preventives, flea and tick medications, wormers, wound care, pet supplements, and a broad range of other pet supplies. Vet Panel at Vetsupply is one of the best panels of Veterinarians in the online healthcare market. Apart from providing thorough information and guidance regarding pet health, they make sure to stock advanced and innovative pet health products and make them available for the customers. For more information on the august sale visit : https://www.vetsupply.com.au/dental-products-for-pets.aspx Our Hardset Goodbye 2020-07-24T00:07:00Z our-hardset-goodbye “He was our happiest hello and our hardest goodbye…but will be forever in our hearts. Sadly, the cancer returned much quicker than expected for our wonderful Smart Pup Yogi Bear. He deteriorated quickly, especially over the last 24 hours, and it was only fair to let him go” The story told by Kieran's mother  our-hardest-goodbye The loss of a dog is heart breaking, but the loss of a service dog just cuts that bit deeper, especially for a special needs child. Yogi Bear was goofy, cheeky and funny, but he took his role as autism assist and seizure alert for our son very seriously. He also helped us in more ways than we could ever imagine or have expected.  Since Yogi Bears passing Kieran’s seizures have increased and become more severe. He is also having trouble sleeping and he says he’s scared. We are all missing Yogi so much. 😢  It is clear Kieran desperately needs a new Smart Pup to fill the shoes or paws of his beloved Yogi Bear. Whilst Smart Pups normally require a family to fund raise for their own assistance dog, in these situations we try to assist and support as much as we can. Good news: there's a meat shortage 2020-07-15T11:10:59Z good-news-theres-a-meat-shortage Dear Editor, After yet another COVID-19 outbreak connected to a slaughterhouse, Coles has warned customers that it may subsequently run out of meat products. What a great time to drop our society’s cruel and deadly meat habit! In recent months, four separate slaughterhouses have experienced COVID-19 outbreaks, with Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer saying these workplaces make it “intrinsically difficult” to manage the virus’ spread. Workers are often stationed in close quarters while doing physically demanding work, and fear taking time off their already low-paid, insecure jobs to be tested, or to self-isolate. Events in the United States offer a terrifying vision of what happens when slaughterhouses are ordered to remain open, despite the risk they represent. More than 16,000 slaughterhouse workers have been infected with the Coronavirus there, and a staggering 87% of these came from minority communities. Whether or not these shutdowns lead to less meat on the shelves, we should use them as a reminder to reconsider our eating habits. We don’t want infection numbers like the U.S.A, and nor do we need to kill feeling, thinking animals for our appetites, when humane, tasty, and immunity-boosting vegan foods can be found easily. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Ethics Masterclasses in Agriculture 2020-07-13T03:50:37Z ethics-masterclasses-in-agriculture Following the success of its earlier Ethics Masterclasses and recognising the importance of ethics in the industry professional grading, Ag Institute Australia is hosting two more online Ethics Masterclasses to cater for both Introductory and Advanced levels.  Introductory Masterclass Participants will explore the AIA's Code of Ethics and how it applies to their everyday work. Basic case studies will be discussed in groups. This is suitable for recent graduates, early career professionals, and those people working in agriculture that have not explored the topic of ethics previously. Advanced Masterclass Participants will explore the AIA's Code of Ethics in detail and work through complex case studies where ethical dilemmas are introduced, as well as examining breaches of the Code of Ethics. This will build upon the introductory masterclass. The Advanced class is suitable for professionals who are experienced, seeking to gain recognition and apply for Chartered Agriculturalist status.    Join us at 4pm-6pm AEST Introductory: Tuesday 11th August 2020 Advanced: Wednesday 19th August 2020 Participants receive a certificate and 10 CPD points toward their CPAg and CAg accreditation. MORE INFORMATION & REGISTER HERE   Ag Institute Australia is the peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals. Ag Institute Australia is committed to advancing the profession, and the application of science and technology, for the sustainable development of agriculture and natural resource management in Australia. Ag Institute Australia members are engaged in a wide range of activities including research, education, government, agribusiness and private consulting. Lockdown the slaughterhouses 2020-07-07T12:18:37Z lockdown-the-slaughterhouses Dear Editor, Victoria is again on stage-three lockdown, state borders are closed, and COVID-19 news is again accompanied by pictures of slaughterhouses. Two workers have tested positive at JBS abattoir in Brooklyn and Pacific Meats abattoir in Thomastown, while hundreds of others are being tested now. This follows the closure in April of Cedar Meats, which was the centre of a cluster of over one hundred cases of COVID-19. Slaughterhouses are toxic for the humans who work there and the animals who suffer and die there. But they are ideal for viruses, since people work in close proximity and social distancing is not possible. In Australia, the injury and illness rate for workers in the meat industry is four times the national average, since staff are often forced to work at reckless speeds to maximise production. Australian abattoirs and factory farms are every bit as filthy as the wet market in China where the coronavirus is believed to have originated. A colossal 75% of recently emerging infectious diseases affecting humans are transmitted from other animals. Going vegan is the best way to protect workers, prevent future pandemics, and spare animals from needless suffering. Desmond Bellamy Special Projects Coordinator PETA Australia PO Box 2352 Byron Bay NSW 2481 0411 577 416 DesmondB@PETA.org.au Real Estate – The Next Frontier For Grays Marketplace 2020-07-03T04:51:37Z real-estate-the-next-frontier-for-grays-marketplace For Immediate Release, Sydney, NSW, July 2020 As part of a wider launch into the real estate and property market, Grays marketplace is selling multiple blocks of land in Kununurra in the Kimberley region in Western Australia. Located in the north of the state, a stone’s throw from the Northern Territory border, these one to four hectare blocks can be secured in July and August in a series of online auctions.   In conjunction with First National Real Estate Kimberley, and on behalf of Meertens Chartered Accountants (Appointed Liquidator), Grays marketplace will be running a three-stage online auction on the following dates:   • July 3, 2020 • July 24, 2020 • August 7, 2020   Each online auction will run for one day only.   Kununurra is situated among the scenic hills and ranges of the far north-east Kimberley region with an abundance of fresh water, waterfalls and swimming holes. It offers a range of recreational activities including fishing at various locations along the Dunham and Ord rivers.   Brett Garnett, BDM at Grays, said “Kununurra is the perfect spot to build a holiday home in the world-renowned Kimberleys. People who enjoy being in nature and those who like to fish will be impressed with what this area has to offer.”   Grays is pleased to offer this unique piece of the Australian outback to buyers all over the world. This series of auctions is a prelude to an exciting and forthcoming announcement of a new category on Grays marketplace – real estate.   While Australians have swiftly embraced online auctions for a wide variety of categories, the real estate industry has not evolved much in recent years. Tentative moves into virtual inspections and live remote auctions during the COVID-19 pandemic has not addressed the fundamental problems of the real estate sales and auction process:   • Auctions are over in minutes, and are very high-stress environments • Bidding is constrained to those people who can physically attend, and is impacted by weather, transportation and more recently, lockdown restrictions • Constraints for people wanting to purchase property interstate   Jeff McLean, Chief Operating Officer at Grays, said “We see a huge opportunity for buyers and sellers of all kinds of property to take advantage of our database of over three million Australians and our leading auction technology platform. Grays has been perfecting online auctions for more than 20 years so we are wellplaced to successfully move to property sales.”   During the COVID-19 pandemic, with restrictions on physical movement and contact, Grays has seen a large increase in online auction activity across all categories, with more than five million unique site visitors in just one month. One in 25 Australians has made a purchase on Grays, and one in six are on the database.   Grays marketplace is the perfect place for buyers and sellers of real estate to come together. Buyers can inspect and bid from the comfort of their homes, offices or even their favourite café. And sellers get access to a huge database of active buyers and Grays’ proven marketing campaigns.   Torture on holiday 2020-06-30T12:10:30Z torture-on-holiday The Editor, Dear Editor, In July each year, many people—a disproportionate number of them Aussies—have travelled to Spain to participate in The Running of the Bulls. Not in 2020, however, where the risk of COVID-19 has seen this deadly event cancelled. This cancellation is great news for the bulls who would otherwise be forced to run through crowds of drunken, erratic people, after which they are brutally stalked and killed for "sport." Many participants who would have been run down or gored for getting in the way of a terrified, skittish animal—two Australians were gored just last year—should feel relieved, too. The recent worldwide lockdown—and the fear of a second wave—has kept many of us homebound. The energy we may have spent on planning global adventures can now be reallocated to dreaming up a better post-COVID world, one where we do not hide behind the guise of "tradition" to maintain cruel practices. We have seen the power of public protest in recent weeks, and it’s time to apply the same people-power to outlawing bullfighting—and all related activities—permanently. Please visit PETA.org.au/bullfight to add your name to our petition against Running of the Bulls and bullfighting. Mimi Bekhechi Campaigns Strategist People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PO Box 20308 World Square Sydney, NSW, 2002 (08) 8556-5828 Pioneering on-farm experiment – The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge moves into round two 2020-06-24T02:46:11Z pioneering-on-farm-experiment-the-multimin-performance-ready-challenge-moves-into-round-two With round one winners soon to be announced, the creators of the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge - Virbac Australia, is excited to reveal the 11 producers who will take on the Challenge in round two, this June, July, and August. The Challenge, which follows producers, as they track their experience using trace mineral management in sheep and cattle at high demand production times, will see competitors from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania, battle it out in round two. Dr. Jerry Liu, Multimin Marketing Manager, said: “The Challengers have been selected from an overwhelming number of applications all of them top-quality beef, sheep and dairy producers.” He added that despite the trying start to the year, the decision to continue with the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge had been the right one. “The first three months of the Challenge have seen some positive results from producers as well as provided lighthearted competitiveness and relief to the community as well,” he said. Like round one, round two Challengers will be using Multimin to test the effects on animal fertility, health, and, ultimately, their financial bottom-line over the next three months. Round one Challenger James Burge (NSW) received his Multimin supplies from Nutrien Ag Solutions, Cootamundra has done a comparison using Multimin pre-joining this year versus not using any last year on the same sheep. The result – he had less dry sheep, fewer singles, more twins, and more fetuses scanned overall. When asked his thoughts on the results, he said: “The results are surprisingly favourable given the marginal season through joining. As we are targeting more lambs from fewer ewes, overall, the results are really positive for us.” James is just one of the many producers who achieved positive results in round one. Rosie Davenport (TAS) did too, posting in the Facebook group: “Awesome Multimin Results! So happy with the difference in weaning this year compared to last year in our beef calves.Giving Multimin to the calves four weeks before weaning has worked well, along with partial paddock weaning.” Dr. Liu says that he is expecting round two Challengers to continue this positive trend, as they are guided through the Challenge with expert support from veterinarians and livestock nutrition experts, while also working closely with their local Virbac representative. The following producers will be participating in the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge for round two 2020: Jacqui & Jason Impey (NSW), Ben Ree (NSW), Carlie Barry (VIC), Justin Hall (VIC), Joanne Jones (SA), Richard & Cynthia Stark (QLD), Troy Mostert (WA), Kymberly Teelow (QLD), Emma Patterson & Jake Berghofer (QLD), David Thallon (QLD), and Lester Rainbow (TAS). Interested farmers can follow each of their journeys and read more about the Challengers and their operations via the dedicated Multimin Performance Ready Facebook group: facebook.com/groups/multimin. Round two Challengers who have already started posting in the group include black and red Simmental breeders, Jacqui and Jason Impey. Due to the ongoing drought, they relocated to the Tamworth area in July 2019 with a reduced number of breeders. Since then, their focus has been on retaining core breeders intending to increase numbers in the future. In their post, they said that they are excited to be part of the Challenge to help them realise the potential for improved health and performance in their Simmental herd. They are also looking forward to working with their local re-seller Elders, Tamworth throughout the challenge. With two rounds still to go, the Challenge remains open for applicants interested in winning the experience of a lifetime tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus 12 months’ worth of Multimin. Anyone interested should apply at www.multiminchallenge.com. At the end of each of the four rounds, two challengers will go on to compete in the finals with the winner selected by a panel of expert judges. At the end of the Challenge, a national “People’s Choice” winner will also be chosen by the public from the eight finalists and awarded a further six-month supply of Multimin.Challengers will then go into the running to win an overseas trip for two to the USA tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus a 12-month supply of Multimin. Second and third runners up will also receive six months of free Multimin.Ends. Media Enquiries:Kyleen Partridge - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS(02) 6766 4513kyleen.partridge@c7even.com.au Please note profile introductions of each challenger are also available. SUPPLIED PHOTO CAPTION: Tamworth, NSW Simmental breeders Jacqui and Jason Impey are ready to take on round two of the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge in the hope of increasing immunity, health, and productivity at their property. About The Multimin Performance Ready ChallengeThe 2020/2021 Multimin Performance Ready Challenge (MPRC) – a 12-month program that will see up to 75 Australian farmers experience firsthand the benefits of trace mineral management at high demand production times in sheep and cattle. About MultiminVirbac’s Multimin Injection is a trace mineral top-up that rapidly increases trace mineral levels in cattle and sheep for use during high demand periods. Providing selenium, copper, manganese, and zinc at strategic times of the production cycle has been shown to improve livestock health and fertility, thus optimising livestock productivity. RURAL AID AND EVOLUTION MINING BRINGING THE JOY OF MUSIC TO GAYNDAH SCHOOLS 2020-06-22T08:57:23Z rural-aid-and-evolution-mining-bringing-the-joy-of-music-to-gayndah-schools WHAT: RURAL AID AND EVOLUTION MINING BRINGING THE JOY OF MUSIC TO GAYNDAH SCHOOLS WHERE: Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School (10.30am) – 38 Meson Street, Gayndah QLD 4625 WHERE: Burnett State College (1pm) – 65 Pineapple Street, Gayndah QLD 4625   DATE: Tuesday. 23 June 2020 TIME: Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School – 10.30am and Burnett State College - 1pm CONTACT: Rural Aid Media – 0447 116 757 | media@ruralaid.org.au SPOKESPERSON: Rural Aid CEO John Warlters | 0409 618 641 ON-SITE CONTACT: Jen Curnow-Trotter – Rural Aid Community Support – 0416 765 678   Rural Aid is delighted to announce the Community Support team is delivering musical instruments to Burnett State College and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Gayndah, tomorrow. Rural Aid CEO John Warlters said Burnett State College and St Joseph's Catholic Primary School are part of a generous $120,000 donation of musical instruments from Evolution Mining to eight schools around their Mt Rowden and Cracow mining operations. "I would like to thank Evolution Mining for their generous donation, which is part of a $1.5 million donation to help support Aussie farmers with disaster assistance and their communities," John Warlters said. “In the past, we’ve been well known for our disaster assistance program: providing hay, drinking water, financial and counselling assistance to farmers, rural and regional communities. Building sustainable, stronger futures for primary producers and rural communities underpins everything we do.” “We’re pleased to announce a new remit for community focused support, including schools. All community initiatives, from July 2020, will fall under the auspice of Rural Aid’s Stronger Futures Program. “Schools are a key element of all rural communities and we will continue supporting them as part of our focus on community sustainability. This was evidenced recently with our ‘technology’ for schools initiative to assist rural schools with at-home-learning. “We’ve had some challenges thrown our way with Covid-19 in having to place Rural Aid’s ‘Our Town’ and Farm Rescue Programs in hibernation. And, our volunteers are readying themselves for the recommencement of community support activities. “I’m please to say we’ve been working in the background to deliver fodder and drinking water during Covid-19 and planning for when schools return and, our workforce can make their way safely back out in the field. “We’re helping schools prepare for the commencement of Term 3 music programs with deliveries underway this week. “Our thanks go to Rural Aid sponsor, Evolution Mining, a large employer of local communities backing local communities. They have made this and many other opportunities possible for farmers and rural and regional communities," John Warlters said. Other schools also receiving musical instruments in the Gayndah region, thanks to Evolution Mining's generosity, are listed below.   Some of the schools receiving musical instruments: Date Time School Tuesday 23 June 2020 8.30am Coalstoun Lakes State School Tuesday 23 June 2020 10.30am St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Tuesday 23 June 2020 1.00pm Burnett State College Tuesday 23 June 2020 2.00pm Gayndah State School Wednesday 24 June 2020 10.00am Eidsvold State School  Wednesday 24 June 2020 11.15am Mundubbera State School Wednesday 24 June 2020 12.15pm Boynewood State School About Rural Aid Rural Aid is one of Australia’s largest rural charities. Well known for the highly successful ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign, the charity also provides financial assistance, water and counselling to farmers in times of drought, flood or fire. Other initiatives support its vision that farming and rural communities are safeguarded to ensure their sustainability both during and after these natural disasters. Visit www.ruralaid.org.au for further information on these programs and other support for our rural communities. Media: 0447 116 757 | media@ruralaid.org.au Spokesperson: Rural Aid CEO John Warlters | 0409 618 641 Follow Rural Aid for updates on: ·        Rural Aid – FB: @ruralaidaustralia | IG: @ruralaid |IN: Rural Aid Ltd | TW: @ruralaidaust ·        Buy A Bale – FB: @buyabaleofhay | IG: @buyabale | TW: @buyabale ENDS