human

Why humans kill animals – Part 1

ABOVE: Several forms of animal killing are a necessary component of our inescapable involvement in a single functioning finite global food web. An unavoidable component of human existence. Killing animals has been a ubiquitous human behaviour throughout history, yet it is becoming increasingly controversial and criticised in some parts of contemporary human society. Over a…

industry

AMIC calls for government action to protect meat industry

ABOVE: Ongoing industrial action has seen significant disruptions across Australia’s sea freight terminals, impacting on Australia’s meat export industry. Photo: Venti Views The Australian Meat Industry Council is calling for action to address the significant impacts being caused by the escalating dispute between DP World and the Maritime Union of Australia. The ongoing industrial action…

antimicrobial

Targeting post-weaning diarrhoea and antimicrobial resistance

ABOVE: Led by Professor Sam Abraham and involving the Feedworks team, a recently completed project investigated novel approaches for reducing antimicrobial resistant and pathogenic gram-negative bacteria in the pig gastrointestinal tract, specifically ETEC. Reducing antimicrobial use for disease control – for example for post-weaning diarrhoea caused by strains of enterotoxigenic escherichia coli – as well…

alltech

Alltech awarded three sustainability medals

ABOVE: Alltech was awarded three EcoVadis sustainability medals. A Leading global animal health and nutrition company, Alltech has been awarded a silver medal from EcoVadis – putting it in the top 25 percent of sustainable companies globally. The EcoVadis silver medal testifies to Alltech’s purpose of ‘Working together for a planet of plenty’ and its…

swine

Delving deeper into swine dysentery

ABOVE: The pork industry has been greatly affected by swine dysentery, a disease that still lacks an effective vaccine. Photo: Kathleen Trigg As you wander down the meat aisle and view the variety of available pork cuts, you’re probably not thinking about the people and the work behind getting the meat to the supermarket. But…

APRIL

Apply for an APRIL award

ABOVE: A current APRIL Industry Placement Program awardee, Samantha Sterndale at Westpork. The Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited is committed to enhancing the overall human capacity base for science, innovation and training in the pork industry. To this end, APRIL is currently seeking eligible applications from anyone wishing to extend their study or training in…

European

2023 WAAP and EAAP conference in Lyon

ABOVE: Europe is still working through transition towards recent animal welfare regulatory changes, including trying to manage issues to improve piglet survivability. European In late August, I had the privilege of representing the research team at Integrity Ag by presenting the preliminary findings of the lifecycle assessment conducted on the Australian pork industry. This opportunity…

pigs

Formulating diets for improved health status of pigs – part 2

ABOVE: The response of pigs to pathogens is complicated in commercial settings through the use of antimicrobial growth promoters and vaccination protocols. Photo: Barbara Barbosa Continuing on from the October issue, Part 2 of this review will address the immune challenges in pork production. Stimulation of the immune system results in higher concentration of circulating…

agriculture

How to celebrate Agriculture Day Australia

ABOVE: New look merchandise for this year’s theme ‘Grow you good thing’ available now. The annual shout out to farmers – National Agriculture Day – is almost here. National Farmers’ Federation chief executive Tony Mahar said this year’s theme ‘Grow You Good Thing’, celebrating the incredible food and fibre farmers grow, could not come at…

Food is fundamental to Australia’s security

ABOVE: Food is central to Australia’s stability and security, yet it’s too often neglected in favour of seemingly higher priorities. Photo: Federico Arnaboldi Resilience, the economy and national security are a live discussion across Australia. People can feel change in their bones, from the climate to mortgage repayments – even Australia’s place in the world.…