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…

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…

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…

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…