How to support Australian producers when planning Christmas lunch

As the festive season draws closer, Australia’s supply of popular Christmas foods is plentiful even with disruptions to the food sector due to the pandemic. Predictions are for record demand this Christmas as international travel restrictions keep Australians at home. Taking off after the bushfires and continuing during the pandemic, producers hope the buy-local trend…

World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020

A Joint statement was released in November by Australia’s acting chief medical officer professor Paul Kelly and the chief veterinary officer Dr Mark Schipp to mark World Antimicrobial Awareness Week 2020. Antimicrobials are used against bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites, which can make us sick. Antimicrobials are also used in animal and plant health. So,…

Strategic intent and impactful outcomes

AS the year draws to a close, the winds of change seem to be in the air. Hopefully we’ll be able to take our masks off to breath it all in. Border restrictions have eased and with it my office outlook, as I make the move to Australian Pork Limited’s Canberra office. Retail and food…

Dec 2020

December 2020 edition headlines Hamming it up for Christmas Strategic plan to support industry priorities and vision Strategic intent and impactful outcomes Strategic plan to support industry priorities and vision Representation for Queensland producers Consider pig marketing options amid decreasing feed costs Hamming it up for Christmas Changing models worth looking at for pork businesses…

Have your say on a new animal welfare act

VICTORIANS have the chance to help improve animal welfare in the state by shaping new legislation, with a Directions Paper setting out key proposals and options for a new Animal Welfare Act now available for public comment. Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes recently encouraged Victorians to have their say on the options for the new…

New directors take the reins at GRDC

MINISTER for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud has appointed the next Grains Research Development Corporation non-executive directors for a three-year term, which commenced on October 1, 2020. Minister Littleproud said among the seven persons appointed, three are reappointments and four are new appointees. “The appointment of the next non-executive directors is paramount to…

Nov 2020

November 2020 edition headlines New directors to take the grains of the GRDC Virtual meetings to build framework of strategic plan Sustainable protein supplier opportunity Foodbank serving up Aussie pork Developing an alternative protein source to soy Industry salutes departing Smith Billions of reasons to celebrate World Farm Animal Day Roast pork and crackling on…

Oct 2020

October 2020 edition headlines Futurist challenges pork producers to be disruption-ready in new podcast Weathering the COVID storm and strengthening our position An exciting and challenging new start Healthy Herd appoints Dr Rob Pattterson Things go viral in today’s wacky world Antimicrobial use in other sectors – UK poultry on a roller coaster Value Add…

Sep 2020

September 2020 edition headlines Protecting Australian producers from ASF The best of the pork industry Changing for the better in Research & Innovation Pork glorious pork Antimicrobial resistance: many asking a few to use less Piggeries get jetting Keeping an eye on sow mortality APRIL funding applications ACCC Inquiry into farmer treatment Marketing pork in…

Anti-viral properties of formic acid

AFRICAN swine fever is an important economic disease and in most countries, infections are notifiable by law to relevant authorities. First discovered in Africa in the early 1900s, ASF infects all breeds of pig, and impacts pork producing countries through severe mortality and bans on the export of pork products. Formic acid has been shown…

Pumping iron leads to heavier weights

WITH porker and baconer prices on the rise, all producers are primed on how to produce not only more pigs, but heavier kilo pigs at wean. It goes unsaid that the more robust and healthier a pig is at weaning, the less mortality and medication cost a producer should expect to invest, until time to…

Feral pig estimated annual $100m damage bill

A REPORT published this week by Australian Pork Limited has confirmed that feral pigs are second only to rabbits in terms of their economic impact as an invasive species in Australia. The report is part of the development of the National Feral Pig Action Plan, a $1.4 million federal government initiative which is being managed…