The search is on for sheep, beef and dairy producers to take part in 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 75 producers will receive discounted products in exchange for sharing their experiences and results using Multimin and one individual or team will win an overseas study tour.
The overall winner will also take home a 12 month supply of Multimin, while two runners-up will receive a six month supply.
Angus producer Nick Boshammer from NBGenetics in Chinchilla, QLD said he's looking forward to entering the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge to advance his herd and gain access to industry experts.
"I used Multimin pre-joining in October this year and saw a 100pc response rate in my fixed time AI program," he said.
"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."
Virbac Australia nutritionist and livestock nutrition marketing manager Jerry Liu said they wanted work with sheep, beef and dairy producers from across Australia to see how they could improve fertility, animal health and ultimately herd performance.
"We know that during high demand periods such as joining, weaning and birthing, animals have elevated requirements for trace minerals," Dr Liu said.
"And consequently, with less feed available than normal in many areas of Australia, stock are not receiving many nutrients, including trace minerals."
Dr Liu said industry data shows producers are buying fewer drenches and vaccines, a sign of declining stock numbers.
"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," he said.
"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."