CDU to take part in national trace mineral challenge

Charles Darwin University Brahman cattle

Charles Darwin University is expected to announce livestock pregnancy improvements from participation in the Multimin Performance Ready Challenge, a 12-month program run by animal health company Virbac Australia.

The Multimin Performance Ready Challenge gives seven participants the chance to experience firsthand the benefits of Multimin’s trace mineral injection, with assistance from expert mentors.

Challengers receive 12 months of free Multimin product and a tailored nutrition program developed by leading industry mentors—and they’ll also be in the running to win the experience of a lifetime, specifically tailored to their farming system.

Based 16km north of Katherine, CDU’s Katherine Rural Campus trial site—the latest participant—is managed by Jessica Di Pasquale, Alison Haines and Noah Taylor, who together operate a Brahman stud and Brahman/crossbreed commercial herd from an onsite farm and stud at the university’s training facility.

Their goals are to increase fertility, conception and productivity and improve immunity and health, under the expert guidance of Multimin mentor Dr Amanda Dunn from Katherine Veterinary Care Centre.

As part of the trial, 92 non-pregnant adult cows were assigned to one of two treatment groups at random and given either Multimin or no Multimin (control herd) four weeks before bulls were introduced in November.

In March 2019, all trial animals will be pregnancy-tested, and the resulting data will measure each cow’s pregnancy status, foetus age and animal weight to determine the effect of Multimin trace minerals.

“Multimin injection has been scientifically proven to top up trace minerals, and we’re looking forward to seeing the results,” Di Pasquale said.

“We’ll be sharing our observations over the coming months—and as previous field trials have proven that breeders treated with Multimin have significantly higher conception rates earlier in the calving season, we’re expecting to see improved conception at first cycle from these latest trials.”

Read these previous our news stories about the challenge:

Multimin Performance Ready Challenger finalists announced

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