The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-06-24T03:52:23Z Winnaleah local in pioneering on-farm experiment – The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge moves into round two 2020-06-24T03:52:23Z winnaleah-local-in-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. Local Tassie, and round one Challenger Rosie Davenport has said “After watching webinars and talking to our mentor we decided to use Multimin across multiple animal classes. The improvement in the overall health and immune response of these animals has resulted in less drop back at weaning, fewer cases or pink eye, mastitis and retained membranes.” Rosie purchases Multimin from Serve-Ag Scottsdale and has said that she will be repeating a number of the Multimin treatments that she has trialed through the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge.Rosie is just one of the many producers who achieved positive results in round one. 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). Round two challenger Lester Rainbow from Winnaleah TAS has said about taking part in Round 2 of the challenge that “I have been using Multimin for over 10 years and I couldn’t believe that many local producers didn’t know about the product. Multimin is a staple in our animal health program and I think the Multimin Challenge goes to show the importance of farmer to farmer communication! I am excited to contribute to the competition over the next three months.” Lester is also looking forward to working with his local Multimin supplier, Roberts Scottsdale. 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. 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 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: North East Tasmania, Lester Rainbow is 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. Donovan’s Dairy take part in pioneering on-farm experiment – The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge moves into round two 2020-06-24T03:44:34Z donovans-dairy-take-part-in-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, 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 two Challengers have already sharing their Multimin program including Jo Jones from Donovan’s Dairy. Donovan’s Dairy in Wye, South Australia supplies over 20 million litres per annum and milks over 2,000 cows. Jo is the herd manager of 2200 head and is hoping by incorporating Multimin into their animal health program they will be able to boost the overall herd health, reduce the amount of lameness in the herd and help the heifer’s transition into the herd easily.We are also excited to announce that Jo has teamed up with Jodie Solomon who is the Calf Manager at Donovan’s Dairy and will be competing in Round 3 of the Challenge! They will both be buying their Multimin supplies from their local supplier NRI Mount Gambier throughout the Challenge. 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.Dr. Liu says that he is expecting the round two Challengers to continue the positive trend of Round 1, as the challengers are guided 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).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: Jo Jones and Jodie Solomon from Donovan’s Dairy are ready to take on rounds two and three of the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge. 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. Pioneering on-farm experiment – The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge moves into round two 2020-06-24T03:35:54Z pioneering-on-farm-experiment-the-multimin-performance-ready-challenge-moves-into-round-two-2 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, 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 Mulitmin 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 Tim Reid (NSW) purchases his Multimin from Goulburn Produce, he evaluated Multimin in his weaning program and said, “The incidence of disease in animals not given Multimin really started to add up. Next year, we will definitely be Multimin-ing”. Further, James Morris (WA) also used Multimin in his repro program with recipients, donors and AI cows all getting a dose of Multimin. He has reported that he was, “very happy with the results”. James has been purchasing his Multimin supplies from Elders, Mt Barker. 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. Jake Berghofer and Emma Patterson of Bonnydale QLD Black Simmentals, Kingaroy have commented that “We’re excited to be part of Round 2 of the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge!” and further noted “We think that using Multimin has tightened up our joining and increased our first calf heifer calving percentage. Earlier and more calves equals more money, which is what it is all about!”. Nutrien Kingaroy is their local re-seller that will be supporting them throughout the Challenge. Other local round two challengers have already started posting in the group including David Thallon from Ashvale Station, who runs a Droughtmaster based herd of approximately 800 breeders, as well as 350 Angus cows that are mated to Wagyu bulls. By participating in the Challenge David hopes to increase the fertility and vigour of growing young cattle. David will be stocking up on Multimin supplies from Northern Agriservices. 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: Image 1: Emma Patterson and Jacob Berghofer, Bonnydale QLD Black Simmentals Image 2: David Thallon, Ashvale Station 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. Pioneering on-farm experiment – The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge moves into round two 2020-06-24T03:30:35Z pioneering-on-farm-experiment-the-multimin-performance-ready-challenge-moves-into-round-two-1 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, 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 Mulitmin 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 Tim Reid (NSW) purchases his Multimin from Goulburn Produce, he evaluated Multimin in his weaning program and said, “The incidence of disease in animals not given Multimin really started to add up. Next year, we will definitely be Multimin-ing”. Further, James Morris (WA) also used Multimin in his repro program with recipients, donors and AI cows all getting a dose of Multimin. He has reported that he was, “very happy with the results”. James has been purchasing his Multimin supplies from Elders, Mt Barker.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 have already started posting in the group including a number of Queensland locals. Kymberly Teelow is the manager of Amboss Beef in North Quensland and breeds high grade Indu Brahmans and Charbrays. She is participating in the program as she relocates from the Atherton Tablelands to the Cassowary Coast and hopes by incorporating Multimin it will help reduce the stress and the impact of re-climatisation on her cattle.Kymberly recently commented “Today we took our first weights since moving. The first calf heifer and calves that received Multimin before moving are looking great! We had and average gain over the mob (cows and calves) of 0.83ADG. Unfortunately, no day in the yards are without its problems and the scale plug got ripped from the socket. Nothing the soldering iron can't fix, but we were not able to get weights for the cows that did not receive Multimin. But visually you can see they have not coped as well with the relocation.” Kymberly will be visiting her local Elders in Innisvale to collect her Multimin supplies. 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: Kymberly Teelow of Amboss Beef is ready to take on round two of the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge. 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. Gayndah local in pioneering on-farm experiment – The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge moves into round two 2020-06-24T03:20:42Z gayndah-local-in-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, 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 Mulitmin 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 Tim Reid (NSW) purchases his Multimin from Goulburn Produce, he evaluated Multimin in his weaning program and said, “The incidence of disease in animals not given Multimin really started to add up. Next year, we will definitely be Multimin-ing”. Further, James Morris (WA) also used Multimin in his repro program with recipients, donors and AI cows all getting a dose of Multimin. He has reported that he was, “very happy with the results”. James has been purchasing his Multimin supplies from Elders, Mt Barker. 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). Round two challengers have already started posting in the group including a number of Queensland locals. Richard and Cynthia Stark have a registered stud herd and commercial herd on 3,880 acres in Gayndah. Cythia recently commented “Thanks for the visit today from the lovely Madeline Batsiokis from Virbac, we look forward to the next 3 months of the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge with your help and advice”. Further she said “With all of our cattle being vaccinated and of course given Multimin we are ready for the challenge. Weaners are a mix of stud Brahmans and Brahkles (Speckle Park cross Brahman)”. The Starks will be visiting their local Gayndah Norco to collect their Multimin supplies. 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. 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: Richard and Cynthia Stark of Bundaleer Brahmans are ready to take on round two of the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge. 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. 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. Bairnsdale local is 1 of 12 selected for Round 1 of the national Multimin Performance Ready Challenge 2020-04-02T05:46:06Z bairnsdale-local-is-1-of-12-selected-for-round-1-of-the-national-multimin-performance-ready-challenge Animal health company Virbac Australia is excited to announce the first challengers to take part in the 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.The company has reported receiving an overwhelming response from top-quality beef, sheep and dairy producers, all hoping to take part. Following the selection of 13 entrants to the first round, each challenger will be guided by veterinarians and livestock nutrition experts, while also working closely with their local Virbac representative, as they use their supplies of Multimin to test the effects on animal fertility, health and ultimately their financial bottom-line.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.Round one challengers have been named as Ben Pender – Bairnsdale, VIC, Peter Fort – Byaduk North, VIC, Debbie Geddes – Mudgegonga, VIC, Rosie Davenport – Derby, TAS, Bill Mitchell – Aberfoyle, NSW, Tim Reid – Roslyn, NSW, Tim Phelan – Clarence Town, NSW, James Burge – Cootamundra, NSW, Adam Coffey – Miriam Vale, QLD, Colin Burnett – Julia Creek, QLD, Rodney Blanch – Manango, QLD, James Morris – Narrikup, WA and Brett Shephard – Kybybolite, SA – and as Dr Jerry Liu, Multimin Marketing Manager explains, “this is a fantastic opportunity for our first challengers to gain expert support from some of Australia’s most experienced animal experts as they hone their operations.”Rosie Davenport from Derby in Tasmania spoke of her reaction to the news. “I’m very excited to be included in this year’s Multimin Challenge,” she says. “I am looking forward to receiving advice from the Multimin experts on how to raise healthier stock by using Multimin on a regular basis.”“I’ve read a fair bit about this mineral injection,’ says challenger Brett Shepard, from Kybybolite, South Australia “but up til now I haven’t had the opportunity to really study the benefits from up close. I’m looking forward to seeing how it performs.”Two challengers from each of the four rounds will be selected and go on to compete in the finals with the winning challenger chosen by a panel of expert judges. In addition a national “People’s Choice” winner from the eight finalists will be chosen by the public and awarded a further six month supply of Multimin. This first round will also see local dairy producer Ben Pender of Bairnsdale, VIC participate and share his journey and results using Multimin in his dairy operation. Ben, his partner Emma and their two boys Josh and Mason run a dairy operation on a 180-hectare property in Linden. They are currently milking 190 cows with replacements run on farm and outblock, they calve seasonally, starting in Autumn (around the first week of March) for around 8 weeks and start joining in late June. Their goals taking part in the challenge include increasing fertility, conception, and productivity, and increasing immunity, health and productivity. Participants are encouraged to share their journey online via the dedicated Multimin Performance Ready facebook group, where interested farmers can follow the challenge and also read more about each of the challengers:facebook.com/groups/multiminThe first round of participants may have already been chosen – but the challenge remains open for applicants hoping to compete for places in rounds two, three and four. Anyone interested in winning the experience of a lifetime tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus 12 months’ worth of Multimin is invited to apply at www.multiminchallenge.com. 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.EndsMedia Enquiries:Kyleen Partridge - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS(02) 6766 4513 | 0467 612 224kyleen.partridge@c7even.com.au Please note profile introductions of each challenger are also available.SUPPLIED PHOTO CAPTION: This first round will see local dairy producer Ben Pender of Bairnsdale, VIC, participate and share his journey and results using Multimin. Cootamundra local is 1 of 12 selected for Round 1 of the national Multimin Performance Ready Challenge 2020-04-02T04:59:47Z cootamundra-local-is-1-of-12-selected-for-round-1-of-the-national-multimin-performance-ready-challenge Animal health company Virbac Australia is excited to announce the first challengers to take part in the 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. The company has reported receiving an overwhelming response from top-quality beef, sheep and dairy producers, all hoping to take part. Following the selection of 13 entrants to the first round, each challenger will be guided by veterinarians and livestock nutrition experts, while also working closely with their local Virbac representative, as they use their supplies of Multimin to test the effects on animal fertility, health and ultimately their financial bottom-line. 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. Round one challengers have been named as Ben Pender – Bairnsdale, VIC, Peter Fort – Byaduk North, VIC, Debbie Geddes – Mudgegonga, VIC, Rosie Davenport – Derby, TAS, Bill Mitchell – Aberfoyle, NSW, Tim Reid – Roslyn, NSW, Tim Phelan – Clarence Town, NSW, James Burge – Cootamundra, NSW, Adam Coffey – Miriam Vale, QLD, Colin Burnett – Julia Creek, QLD, Rodney Blanch – Manango, QLD, James Morris – Narrikup, WA and Brett Shephard – Kybybolite, SA – and as Dr Jerry Liu, Multimin Marketing Manager explains, “this is a fantastic opportunity for our first challengers to gain expert support from some of Australia’s most experienced animal experts as they hone their operations.” Rosie Davenport from Derby in Tasmania spoke of her reaction to the news. “I’m very excited to be included in this years Multimin Challenge,” she says. “I am looking forward to receiving advice from the Multimin experts on how to raise healthier stock by using Multimin on a regular basis.” “I’ve read a fair bit about this mineral injection,’ says challenger Brett Shepard, from Kybybolite, South Australia “but up til now I haven’t had the opportunity to really study the benefits from up close. I’m looking forward to seeing how it performs.” Two challengers from each of the four rounds will be selected and go on to compete in the finals with the winning challenger chosen by a panel of expert judges. In addition a national “People’s Choice” winner from the eight finalists will be chosen by the public and awarded a further six month supply of Multimin. This first round will also see local producer James Burge participate and share his journey and results using Multimin in his livestock operation. James is a farmer in the Cootamundra region with his wife Sally. They run a mixed farming enterprise, including 1200 Composite Ewes, 2100 Merino Ewes and a cropping program including wheat Canola and Barley. Sally is a local Vet who handles large and small animals along with a reproduction in Horses. This is James’s first year using Multimin and he hopes by competing in the challenge that he can see results such as having healthy rugged sheep with a low mortality rate. Participants are encouraged to share their journey online via the dedicated Multimin Performance Ready facebook group, where interested farmers can follow the challenge and also read more about each of the challengers: facebook.com/groups/multimin The first round of participants may have already been chosen ­– but the challenge remains open for applicants hoping to compete for places in rounds two, three and four. Anyone interested in winning the experience of a lifetime tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus 12 months’ worth of Multimin is invited to apply at www.multiminchallenge.com. About Multimin Virbac'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. Ends Media Enquiries: Kyleen Partridge - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 | 0467 612 224 kyleen.partridge@c7even.com.au Please note profile introductions of each challenger are also available. SUPPLIED PHOTO CAPTION: This first round will see local mixed farming operator James Burge from Cootamundra, NSW participate and share his journey and results using Multimin in his livestock operation. Derby local is 1 of 12 selected for Round 1 of the national Multimin Performance Ready Challenge 2020-03-31T03:16:18Z derby-local-is-1-of-12-selected-for-round-1-of-the-national-multimin-performance-ready-challenge Animal health company Virbac Australia is excited to announce the first challengers to take part in the 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. The company has reported receiving an overwhelming response from top-quality beef, sheep and dairy producers, all hoping to take part. Following the selection of 13 entrants to the first round, each challenger will be guided by veterinarians and livestock nutrition experts, while also working closely with their local Virbac representative, as they use their supplies of Multimin to test the effects on animal fertility, health and ultimately their financial bottom-line. 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. Round one challengers have been named as Ben Pender – Bairnsdale, VIC, Peter Fort – Byaduk North, VIC, Debbie Geddes – Mudgegonga, VIC, Rosie Davenport – Derby, TAS, Bill Mitchell – Aberfoyle, NSW, Tim Reid – Roslyn, NSW, Tim Phelan – Clarence Town, NSW, James Burge – Cootamundra, NSW, Adam Coffey – Miriam Vale, QLD, Colin Burnett – Julia Creek, QLD, Rodney Blanch – Manango, QLD, James Morris – Narrikup, WA and Brett Shepard – Kybybolite, SA – and as Dr Jerry Liu, Multimin Marketing Manager explains, “this is a fantastic opportunity for our first challengers to gain expert support from some of Australia’s most experienced animal experts as they hone their operations.” “I’ve read a fair bit about this mineral injection,’ says challenger Brett Shepard, from Kybybolite, South Australia “but up til now I haven’t had the opportunity to really study the benefits from up close. I’m looking forward to seeing how it performs.” Two challengers from each of the four rounds will be selected and go on to compete in the finals with the winning challenger chosen by a panel of expert judges. In addition a national “People’s Choice” winner from the eight finalists will be chosen by the public and awarded a further six month supply of Multimin. Rosie Davenport from Derby in Tasmania spoke of her reaction to the news. “I’m very excited to be included in this year’s Multimin Challenge,” she says. “I am looking forward to receiving advice from the Multimin experts on how to raise healthier stock by using Multimin on a regular basis.” Rosie and husband Alan operate two dairies, milking 750 cows, increasing to 850 for the 2020 season. The 800-hectare property also supports 260 predominately angus breeders, with young stock reared to 600kg, as well as mixed cropping, including potatoes, poppies, parsley and lavender. The farm goal is to provide a secure future for our family and staff, while being environmentally sound and having great animal health. As stocking rates have increased, we have problems with immunity, fertility and lameness due to suboptimal mineral levels. Multimin is proving to be a vital part of the solution. Participants are encouraged to share their journey online via the dedicated Multimin Performance Ready facebook group, where interested farmers can follow the challenge and also read more about each of the challengers: facebook.com/groups/multimin The first round of participants may have already been chosen ­– but the challenge remains open for applicants hoping to compete for places in rounds two, three and four. Anyone interested in winning the experience of a lifetime tailored to their professional development and farming system, plus 12 months’ worth of Multimin is invited to apply at www.multiminchallenge.com. About Multimin Virbac'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. Ends Media Enquiries: Kyleen Partridge - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 kyleen.partridge@c7even.com.au Please note profile introductions of each challenger are also available. SUPPLIED PHOTO CAPTION: This first round will see local dairy operator Rosie Davenport of Derby, TAS, participate and share her journey and results using Multimin. Upcoming events lift the bar on weaner profitability for farmers 2020-03-11T03:10:09Z upcoming-events-lift-the-bar-on-weaner-profitability-for-farmers Coming to Tumut on Monday 16th March, Young on Tuesday 17th, Gunnedah and Dubbo on Wednesday the 18th March, Farmers will have the opportunity to discover practical tips and advice covering: - The latest industry research & findings in weaner health & wellbeing - Best practice for the weaning of cattle - Strategic choice and use of worm and liver fluke drenches to deliver production benefits, especially in young cattle Speaking at all events will be Elders Livestock Production Manager, Adam Turnball and Virbac Australia Senior Livestock Technical Services Manager, Dr Matt Ball who will cover weaner management to ensure farmers are getting the highest performance out of their young stock through optimal weaner management programs and best practice parasite control. Virbac Senior Product Manager, Tiago Carmona said “This is set to be an incredibly valuable opportunity for beef producers to gain insight from two of the industries leading authorities on optimising productivity and profitability in beef operations” he went on to say, “I know both Matt and Adam are looking forward to sharing these insights to support Australian beef farmers in improving their weaner management this Autumn.” While each event is free to attend, rsvp is recommended. “We expect all events to be very popular,” says Tiago, “so for anyone interested, it’s a good idea to RSVP with your local participating Elders store so you can secure your spot.” Interested attendees can call their local participating Elders Store to reserve a place: Elders Tumut on 6947 1544 Elders Young, Jason Bennett on 6381 3300 Elders Dubbo on 6883 1800 Elders Gunnedah 6748 3000 or Luke Wiggan 0447 653 900 WHAT: Virbac & Elders Road Show – Lifting the Bar on Weaner Profitability WHEN and WHERE: TUMUT NSW Monday 16th March, commencing at 6:30pm at the Oriental Hotel Tumut. To find out more, or RSVP, please contact Elders Tumut on 6947 1544. YOUNG NSW Tuesday 17th March, at 10:00am at The Elders store, 232 Boorowa St, Young. To find out more, or RSVP, please contact Jason Bennett, Elders Young on 6381 3300 DUBBO NSW Wednesday 18th March, commencing at 8:00am at the Elders Dubbo Branch, 37 Bourke Street. To find out more, or RSVP, please contact Elders Dubbo on 6883 1800. GUNNEDAH NSW Wednesday 18th March, at the Elders Gunnedah Branch, 15 Mullaley Road, at 5:00pm. To find out more, or RSVP, call Elders Gunnedah 6748 3000 or Luke Wiggan 0447 653 900. Media are invited to attend the event and interview: - Elders Livestock Production Manager, Adam Turnball - Virbac Senior Livestock Technical Services Manager, Dr Matt Ball - Representatives from Elders and Virbac Australia - Local farmers in attendance - ENDS - Media enquiries: Kyleen Partridge, C7EVEN Communications 02 6766 4513 / 0467 612 224 kyleen.partridge@c7even.com.au Adam Turnball Bio: ADAM TURNBULL ELDERS LIVESTOCK ANIMAL PRODUCTION ADVISOR Adam has over 19 years’ experience in the livestock industry. He owns his own Brangus herd and has a passion for working with his clients to develop early weaning programs which aim to improve herd productivity and results. Adam is extremely passionate about the rural industry and most importantly, its profitability. He has extensive experience working with veterinarians, nutritionists and farmers to achieve the highest outcomes possible, especially in the area of young stock management. Through his role at Elders, Adam has developed livestock production performance programs for his clients focussing on disease prevention and management whilst lifting the bar of profitability & production on farm. He is a firm believer that Animal Health Programs must not only consider vaccination and parasite control programs, but also practical and provide the highest returns for his clients. Dr Matt Ball Bio: DR MATT BALL VIRBAC SENIOR LIVESTOCK TECHNICAL VETERINARIAN Dr Matthew Ball is a veterinarian, Senior Livestock Technical Services Manager at Virbac Animal Health and the owner of Beacon Veterinary Surgery. Matt has 20 years’ experience helping cattle farmers in a range of clinical, advisory and research roles. Throughout his career, Matt has worked in various roles including clinical practice, government and industry. He has undertaken post graduate qualifications in disease surveillance and education. Passionate about helping cattle farmers develop practical and profitable preventative health programs, Matt is based on the northern rivers of NSW. Photo credit: Adam Turnball, Elders Livestock Production Manager Dr Matt Ball, Virbac Senior Livestock Technical Services Manager Livestock trace mineral challenge – Entries closing soon! 2020-01-20T23:26:07Z livestock-trace-mineral-challenge-entries-closing-soon There are less than 10 days left to enter Virbac Australia’s $34,000 Multimin Performance Ready Challenge. Widespread rain and storms providing useful falls across QLD, NSW and Victoria over the past week has re-built graziers’ confidence to improve the condition of their drought-affected stock and one leading animal health company want to assist producers to do this. If your goals are to improve the health and productivity of your livestock, then this is the perfect opportunity. With less than 10 days to go, beef, sheep and dairy producers are being encouraged to get their entry in for Virbac Australia’s Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, focused on the effective use of trace mineral injections for cattle and sheep. As part of the Challenge, up to seventy-five producers will receive discounted Multimin product in exchange for sharing their experiences and results from following a Multimin program, and one lucky competing individual or team will win an overseas study tour and free Multimin product. With the total prize pool valued at more than $34,000, the prize will offer professional development tailored to the winner and their enterprise. “Current entries across all states indicate that round one of the Multimin Challenge will be full of healthy competition among cattle and sheep producers,” said Dr Jerry Liu, Nutritionist and Livestock Nutrition Marketing Manager at Virbac Australia. Last year’s Multimin Challenge saw Renee Murfett, dairy producer from Framlingham, Victoria take out first prize. “With the guidance of Multimin Challenge experts, we ran a trial on our calves to see what effect Multimin may have on their general health and disease rates. The trial confirmed the critical roles that trace minerals play in immunity and animal health, and we certainly saw improvements in our calves within the first 12 weeks of treatment. Optimisation of trace minerals at high demand time points provided us with improved animal health and productivity,” Renee said. Virbac Australia have brought together some of Australia’s best vets and livestock nutrition experts to work with the challengers. The panel of experts will use their experience to guide and judge the challengers as well as share their knowledge and advice with Multimin Challenge followers. “All in all, the competition is perfect for any livestock producer wanting to work with some of Australia’s most experienced livestock nutritionist experts. They will have the opportunity to improve conception rates and immune function, as well as see tighter calving intervals, reduced disease, and better general health in 2020. And in some situations, I've seen weight gain benefits in prime lamb and beef cattle,” said Multimin Challenge expert Dr Graham Lean, Principal Consultant at Agrivet Business Consulting. Round one entries are closing soon on Friday 31st January for those producers wanting to compete in March to June. Now is the time to nominate a mate or enter yourself at multiminchallenge.com Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: 1. 2019 Multimin Challenge Winner, Renee Murfett, Victoria 2. Dr Graham Lean, Principal Consultant at Agrivet Business Consulting Australia’s number one trace mineral competition is back to assist farmers in improving animal growth and fertility. 2019-12-01T20:30:00Z australias-number-one-trace-mineral-competition-is-back-to-assist-farmers-in-improving-animal-growth-and-fertility It has certainly been a challenging year for most livestock producers across the country. The on-going impact of poor to desperate seasons across Australia has focused many cattle and sheep producers on the nutritional challenges and one leading animal health company is determined to assist. Virbac Australia are now inviting sheep, beef and dairy producers to enter the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, a 12-month program focused on the effective use of trace mineral injections for cattle and sheep. As part of the Challenge up to seventy-five producers will receive discounted Multimin product in exchange for sharing their experiences and results with using Multimin and one lucky competing individual or team will win the ultimate prize of an overseas study tour. Valued at more than $21,000, the prize will offer professional development tailored to the winner and their enterprise. “Last year’s challenge received an incredible amount of support and engagement from the public and livestock experts all over Australia. Challengers saw better conception rates, tighter calving intervals, improved immune function, reduced disease, and better general health,” said Dr Jerry Liu, Nutritionist and Livestock Nutrition Marketing Manager, Virbac Australia. For previous Multimin Challenge winner Renee Murfett, the Multimin Challenge was a great opportunity to see the significant impact of trace mineral supplementation on her dairy calves immunity and health. As part of her prize, Virbac Australia is sending Renee to the World Ag Expo in the USA in February where she will learn more about best-practice dairy farming. “We want to work with sheep, beef and dairy producers from across Australia to see how they too can improve fertility, animal health and ultimately herd performance with the use of Multimin and encourage all to enter,” says Dr Liu. “We know that during high demand periods such as joining, weaning and birthing, animals have elevated requirements for trace minerals. And consequently, with less feed available than normal in many areas of Australia, stock are not receiving many nutrients, including trace minerals.” “Large parts of the country are certainly struggling and keeping a positive mentality can be difficult for producers during these unfavorable times. The industry data we are seeing is indicative of this with producers purchasing less drenches and vaccines which is one sign that stock numbers have declined. There are far fewer animals to treat this year versus last year the last few weeks of bushfires doesn’t help. “Our national interest is to re-build Australia’s livestock numbers and improving the immunity and fertility in our animals will be a major contributor to this. During these tough times, improved health and productivity is going to pay off and we want to assist producers as much as we can to do this,” Dr Liu said. Angus producer Nick Boshammer from NBGenetics in Chinchilla, QLD has recently had a positive result with Multimin and looks forward to entering the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge to further advance his herd and gain access to industry experts. “I used Multimin pre-joining in October this year and saw a 100% response rate in my fixed time AI program. I want to get as many AI pregnancies as I can which means getting stock in calf as early as possible. It’s about increasing my animals’ trace minerals levels during this high demand period to give them every opportunity to cycle early on. “We need all the help we can get in these tough conditions, so I’ll be entering the Multimin Challenge this year and encouraging my friends to enter as well. I think there is a big opportunity for Multimin to be used in early weaned calves. I will Multimin every one of my weaned calves this month to give them a rapid top-up of essential minerals for future performance and fertility,” Mr Boshammer said. As part of the program, producers will have the support and expertise of some of Australia’s most experienced animal experts to hone their operations. Experts include: Dr Paula Gonzalez-Rivas, Technical Services Manager for Nutrition at Virbac Australia Dr Matthew Ball, Veterinarian and Senior Technical Services Manager - Cattle at Virbac Australia and owner of Beacon Veterinary Dr George Cox, Technical Services Manager - Sheep at Virbac Australia Dr Colin Trengove, Veterinarian and Managing Director, Pro-Ag Consulting Dr Enoch Bergman, Owner Veterinarian, Swans Veterinary Services Dr Graham Lean, Principal Consultant at Agrivet Business Consulting As well as the overseas trip, the overall winner will also take home a 12-month supply of Multimin. The second and third runners-up will receive a six month supply of Multimin. Entries for the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge are open from 1 December 2019 with only seventy-five challengers selected. To find out more and to enter, visit www.multiminchallenge.com Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo captions: Nick Boshammer from NBGenetics Dr Enoch Bergman, member of the Multimin Challenge expert panel Target Sheep event tours New South Wales & Victoria offering key insights in the fight against worms. 2019-11-29T06:44:04Z target-sheep-event-tours-new-south-wales-victoria-offering-key-insights-in-the-fight-against-worms With summer drenching season upon us, leading animal health company Virbac Australia has just completed a roadshow throughout regional New South Wales and Victoria, educating producers on parasite management, with a special focus on the importance of an effective summer drenching program and current drench resistance levels in the Yass, Boorowa, Euroa, Ballarat and Hamilton regions. Virbac’s Target Sheep initiative is aimed at optimising the health and performance of livestock at three key stages of the production cycle; pre-joining, pre-lambing and marking/weaning. The roadshow focused on how to increase productivity by managing worm resistance with an effective drench program. The Target Sheep events bring together industry experts, veterinarians and producers to improve on-farm productivity and profitability through leading animal health management practices and industry benchmarks. Key speakers at this weeks events included Veterinary Parasitology Consultant, Dr Tim Elliott and Virbac Australia Area Sales Manager’s, Emily Fowler, Matthew Grylls and Rod Evans. Tim’s presentation educated producers about worm biology and their life cycle, with tips on pasture management and drench strategies to reduce the risk of internal parasites specific to the region. “A summer drench at this time of year needs to be a very effective drench to ensure a successful reduction in worm burden,” said Tim. “Weaned lambs are highly susceptible to worms, but effective drenching helps to increase weaner growth rates. For all these reasons, this first summer drench is of vital importance, so farmers can remove the worm burden in individual livestock, reduce pasture contamination from worms and allow for healthier weaners over summer.” During the Yass event, Emily Fowler encouraged attendees to join Virbac’s Target Sheep program which allows producers to formulate sheep managing strategies specific to their region. “With resistance to treatment becoming an increasing problem, the summer drench farmers choose can make a huge difference in the success of any worm control program. For these reasons, farmers must choose a potent and persistent solution that protects stock against infection and boosts sheep wellbeing and productivity, for healthier, more profitable farms. The Target Sheep program is a practical forum with open discussions and engagement from independent experts. The group aims to tackle relative important issues throughout the sheep production cycle.” Around 20 local sheep producers attended the Boorowa event, and Brad Smith from Neringah Farm described his local event as a very informative day. “I find it concerning that there will be no new drench actives being released in the near future and therefore appreciated Dr Tim Elliot's emphasis on the importance of drench selection and conducting regular worm egg counts.” With summer storms becoming a common occurrence in the Boorowa region, Emily Fowler explained now is not the time to be complacent in worm management programs. “Summer storm events are breeding pools for barbers pole worm and liver fluke. We encouraged all attendees to continue monitoring their sheep and carry out regular worm egg tests as well as be aware of the resistance levels on their farm as no two farms are the same. Hopefully this has been a useful discussion for our local producers, and it’s given them some useful information to now go out and act on.” Virbac will be hosting further Target Sheep events throughout Australia in the coming months. For more information, visit https://au.virbac.com, follow Virbac Australia on Facebook or Instagram or call 1800 242 100. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Target Sheep Boorowa Event Target Sheep Yass Event Veterinarian offers production advice to Young farmers looking to rebuild stock numbers. 2019-11-04T22:35:40Z veterinarian-offers-production-advice-to-young-farmers-looking-to-rebuild-stock-numbers While Australia’s sheep industry may be facing its smallest sheep flock on record, strong lamb prices are making this an ideal time for farmers to begin rebuilding depleted stocks. Designed to improve the knowledge and understanding of how producers can increase lambing rates and share insights into the latest reproductive science, Virbac Australia recently held a pre-joining information day in Young, NSW headlined by Dr John Webb Ware, Senior Livestock Consultant at the University of Melbourne. Attendees had the chance to learn about important nutritional and management considerations to help them achieve an increased lambing rate and were also informed about Virbac’s fecundity vaccine which has been identified as a key component to boost lamb numbers. As Dr Webb Ware explains, “Ovastim is a practical and economical method to help increase lamb production. The vaccine directly influences a ewe’s fecundity, increasing the number of eggs available for fertilisation by immunising the animal against the hormone androstenedione, which alters ovarian function. That, in turn, leads to an increase in the number of twin births, which is an important factor in boosting lamb numbers.” With high stock prices, reproductive efficiency is an important determinant of the profitability of most sheep enterprises – and Dr Webb Ware goes on to explain how Ovastim can increase lambing rates primarily through an increase in the number of twin births. “With good management practices, more lambs on the ground will result in improved sales, to further benefit a producer’s bottom line.” With 14 local sheep producers attending Wednesday’s event, sheep producer Marty Corcoran from Boorowa described the event as a great opportunity to learn more about nutritional and management considerations to improve lambing rates. "The Ovastim information morning was highly insightful in how farmers can manage the reproductive performance of their sheep flock. Nutritional management prior to joining and the cost efficiency of maintaining ewe condition through the dry were two key messages from the morning. I use Ovastim and have successfully increased our lambing percentages by 20-30% in our 1st X-ewes flock which has seen us push industry benchmarks,” Marty said. For Virbac Australia Area Sales Manager, Emily Fowler, the event was a unique opportunity for attendees to ask questions specific to their production systems, and learn from a leader in the field. “This was a truly unique chance to learn the latest in reproductive and fertility science, and we’re thrilled to hear the positive responses from attendees.” For Dr Webb Ware, the benefits are undeniable. “If well managed, Ovastim can have a tremendously positive impact on high yielding lamb production systems for the rapid breeding of replacement stock.” To find out more about Ovastim, visit au.virbac.com Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Local sheep producer, Marty Corcoran with Virbac Australia representative Dr George Cox Local sheep producer, Marty Corcoran with Virbac Australia representative Emily Fowler Target Sheep event tours New South Wales offering key insights in the fight against worms. 2019-10-31T23:53:11Z target-sheep-event-tours-new-south-wales-offering-key-insights-in-the-fight-against-worms With summer drenching season fast approaching, leading animal health company Virbac Australia has just wrapped up a roadshow throughout regional New South Wales, educating producers on parasite management, with a special focus on current drench resistance levels in the Cootamundra, Gundagai and Tamworth regions. Virbac’s Target Sheep animal health initiative is aimed at optimising the health and performance of livestock at three key stages of the production cycle; pre-joining, pre-lambing and marking/weaning. These events focused on how to increase productivity by managing worm resistance with an effective drench program. The program brings together industry experts, veterinarians and producers to improve on-farm productivity and profitability through leading animal health management practices and industry benchmarks. Key speakers at recent events included Veterinary Parasitology Consultant, Dr Tim Elliott and Virbac Australia Area Sales Manager’s, Emily Fowler, Adrian Whitehead and Andrew Mulligan. Tim’s presentation educated producers about worm biology and their life cycle, with tips on pasture management and drench strategies to reduce the risk of internal parasites specific to the region. “A summer drench at this time of year needs to be a very effective drench to ensure a successful reduction in worm burden,” said Tim. “Weaned lambs are highly susceptible to worms, but effective drenching helps to increase weaner growth rates. For all these reasons, this first summer drench is of vital importance, so farmers can remove the worm burden in individual livestock, reduce pasture contamination from worms and allow for healthier weaners over summer.” During the Gundagai event, Adrian Whitehead explained the importance of a pre-summer drench and how to develop the right summer drench program for your property. “With resistance to treatment becoming an increasing problem, the summer drench farmers choose can make a huge difference in the success of any worm control program. For these reasons, farmers must choose a potent and persistent solution that protects stock against infection and boosts sheep wellbeing and productivity, for healthier, more profitable farms. Tim’s presentation really highlighted the need for all sheep producers to carry out regular worm tests and be aware of the resistance levels on their farm as no two farms are the same.” Around 20 local sheep producers attended the Gundagai event, and Tony Engel from “Cascade”, South West Slopes NSW described his local event as “a great opportunity to learn how to identify resistance to drenches and how to best manage it. Tim’s presentation allowed me to understand how resistance can occur and it is important to be on the front foot. Adrian Whitehead from Virbac will come out to do some drench resistance testing on my weaners which will be very informative, and I will use that information to select the right drenches for my property.” With drought conditions still a major issue across much of NSW, Adrian Whitehead explained now is not the time to be complacent in worm management programs. “We encouraged all attendees to continue monitoring their sheep and carry out regular worm egg tests as we approach summer”. “Hopefully this has been a useful discussion for the group, and it’s given them some useful information to now go out and act on.” Virbac will be hosting further Target Sheep events throughout Australia in the coming months. For more information, visit https://au.virbac.com, follow Virbac Australia on Facebook or Instagram or call 1800 242 100. Ends Media Enquiries: Kate Munsie - C7EVEN COMMUNICATIONS (02) 6766 4513 / 0421 935 843 kate.munsie@c7even.com.au Photo caption: Target Sheep Cootamundra event presentation Local producer's sheep