Apiam embraces new era of remote consultancy

THE COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the way we work and communicate. Remote connectivity platforms have become an essential part of maintaining business as usual and it is likely these technologies will form the new normal for communication. Apiam Animal Health has recently deployed a new high-resolution, live streaming headwear technology that enables veterinarians and…

AGCO’s successful Taiwan bid

AGCO Grain and Protein Australia is proud to announce it has been successful in its proposal to rebuild and modernise a massive pig farm project in Taiwan, worth $A280 million for Taiwan Sugar Co. This project will be a joint effort between reputable Taiwanese construction companies including Forest Water Environmental Engineering Co Ltd, Topco Scientific…

Pork producers help raise record amount for FightMND

RECORD-breaking fundraising efforts by Aussie pork producers and Coles supermarkets may mean a cure for motor neurone disease is one step closer. During May and June, the FightMND Foundation received 10 cents from the sale of each pack of Coles Brand fresh Australian pork, as well as an additional donation from pork producers who supply…

Producers leading feral pig response in WA

WESTERN Australia’s pork industry is targeting southern feral pig populations encroaching on pig production districts in efforts to defend itself from African swine fever and other biosecurity risks. Australian Pork Limited CEO Margo Andrae said protecting the nation’s $5.3 billion pork industry from the threat of ASF required vigilance regarding the potential arrival of ASF…

AgShows provides grants to 122 regional shows

Regional agricultural show societies across Australia will share in $20 million worth of grants to renew and reinvigorate aging showgrounds through the Regional Agricultural Show Development Grants program. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the grants would also serve as a much-needed cash injection in the wake of recent bushfires and the COVID-19 outbreak. “Agricultural…

Business improvement opportunities from APL

AS mentioned in April’s article, the research team has continued to focus on finding ways to reduce production costs, keep our farms safe and improve our licence to operate. In a time where it’s difficult to get any news not related to COVID-19, we thought we’d put together an update on a few things the…

Differences between science and commerce

Last time I was involved as part of a team of technical experts was over 18 years ago, and it was with about 70 food technologists. So, I called a mentor of mine and asked him whether I might have forgotten anything about working with technical experts. His answer was annoyingly concise: “They are people…

Pork supply secure, call to support foodservice trade

THE Australian Pork Limited team is taking the lead on several fronts in response to the rapidly evolving impact of COVID-19. APL is committed to ensuring Australian pig producers and the wider pork industry are able to respond strongly to the unfolding situation. As an industry, our priorities are to protect the health and safety…

Biosecurity vigilance to stop ASF spread to Australia

AUSTRALIAN pork producers remain on alert following confirmation in the last week of March that the deadly African swine fever virus caused the deaths of hundreds of pigs in Papua New Guinea. PNG officials, who confirmed samples from the affected Southern Highlands pigs were sent to Australia and returned positive for ASF, are investigating how…

German states prepare for swine fever outbreak

WITH African swine fever circulating on Germany’s doorstep, German authorities are intensifying measures to keep the disease out of its national pig herd. Germany’s Minister of Agriculture Barbara Otte-Kinast announced recently that Lower Saxony would follow in the footsteps of North-Rhine Westphalia to establish a wildlife epidemic prevention group. She insisted other federal states should…

NT’s biosecurity homework over three years late

DESPITE the Northern Territory government having three years, with a six-month extension, to meet the biosecurity requirements for the Port of Darwin, it has failed to hand the work in on time. The Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said biosecurity is not to be taken lightly, and states and territories must meet the Australian…