Genetics

South African vet highlights trace mineral impact on bull fertility

Beef Central, 04/04/2017

Prominent South African vet Dr Martin Ferreira will touch down in Australia this week for a speaking tour highlighting the impact of trace minerals on bull fertility and semen quality.

Dr Ferreira, whose current research investigates the effect of injectable trace minerals on bull semen quality and its freezing and thawing, arrives on Saturday and will present at six events across four states on his six-day tour.

A guest of Virbac Australia, Dr Ferreira will present to invitation-only audiences on the latest in trace mineral science and how trace minerals can assist in bull fertility and semen quality.

The tour is targeted at cattle vets, reproduction professionals, and beef/dairy producers and aims to improve knowledge and understanding of trace minerals, which are essential for fertility and optimal production in beef and dairy cattle.

Virbac Australia livestock nutritionist, Dr Jerry Liu, said the tour was a chance for industry participants to hear from Dr Ferreira, who has over 24 years consulting experience with leading South African animal health companies.

“Dr Ferreira will present cutting edge, world-class information to Australian industry professionals and beef and dairy producers,” Dr Liu said.

He said in addition to his trace minerals work, Dr Ferreira had 26 years’ experience as a professional vet, with his work taking him to many parts of the African continent, including Kenya, Zambia and Uganda.

“With Dr Ferreira’s current area of research being the effects of trace mineral supplementation on bull semen quality, it’s a unique opportunity to hear from a global leader in the field,” Dr Liu said.

Dr Ferreira has also provided productivity consultation for beef, dairy and feedlot operations as well as operating his own cattle property for 21 years.

He is scheduled to speak at locations including Camden in NSW, Gippsland and Western Region in Victoria, and Toowoomba and Rockhampton in Queensland.

Source: Virbac Australia

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