Numbers of feral pigs explode

Feral pig numbers are erupting in the Central Tablelands of NSW and farmers are fighting a losing battle. Farmers have lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to wild pigs, which have bred perniciously over winter due to wet weather providing them with plenty of food. With reports of wild pigs killing huge numbers of young…

Feral pigs being managed on Kangaroo Island

In the July edition, I wrote about how preparing your piglets in the farrowing unit will set them up for optimal gut health for the rest of their lives and assist in reducing the nutritional stress associated with the weaning process. Feeding and management are of course, keys to achieving healthy pigs and high growth…

Key components of weaner pen design

In the July edition, I wrote about how preparing your piglets in the farrowing unit will set them up for optimal gut health for the rest of their lives and assist in reducing the nutritional stress associated with the weaning process. Feeding and management are of course, keys to achieving healthy pigs and high growth…

China confirms 11 ASF outbreaks

Officials from China’s agriculture ministry have reported that China’s use of wheat in pig feed is expected to remain high and that the country has had 11 African swine fever outbreaks this year. China’s use of wheat in feed is expected to stay high as the grain retains a price advantage over corn. Wheat prices…

Audit finds gaps in pig transport systems

Animal movement vehicles and visitors to farms are two key biosecurity risks, according to an audit of data from the pig industry, supply chain partners, government and publicly available information. The discovery was made as part of Australian Pork Limited’s collaboration with technology company ExoFlare to build a disease risk module for African swine fever…

ASF response a biosecurity shield

The Australian Government’s $66.6 million African swine fever response package has strengthened Australia’s biosecurity measures and ensured our system remains a world-class defence. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the 2019 package put more biosecurity officers and detector dogs on the ground and enhanced measures in the battle to keep ASF out…

ASF outbreaks continue to roil Indian pork sector

African swine fever outbreaks are causing major disruptions in the Indian state of Mizoram, killing over 4600 pigs in two months. Indian animal health authorities have logged 4650 ASF mortalities in pigs and piglets in two months in the state of Mizoram. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Department joint director livestock health Dr Lalhmingthanga said…

Obese pigs fuel slump in pork prices

Obese pigs in China are being blamed for worsening a sudden slide in the country’s pork prices. In the hope the animals will generate higher returns should prices rebound, farmers have been fattening hogs since late last year to almost double their normal weight, with some reaching the size of a female polar bear. Many…

JBS Australia to acquire Rivalea

JBS Australia Group announced an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Rivalea Holdings Pty Ltd and 100 percent of Oxdale Dairy Enterprise Pty Ltd – together Rivalea – from Singapore-listed food company QAF Limited. Rivalea Holdings owns two subsidiaries incorporated in Australia namely, Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd, and is a majority shareholder in Diamond Valley…

Smartening-up meat traceability

Central Queensland University has been awarded a $200,101 traceability grant to improve meat traceability through the existing National Livestock Identification System. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the research will look at ways to improve meat traceability, animal welfare and meat quality. “On-animal sensors or smart-tags is an emerging technology and…

May weaner performance update

In addition to reducing stress and providing a good environment, it is important weaner pigs have access to a well-balanced diet to support their growth and performance. In recent years, APL has supported research looking at nutritional strategies to promote weaner performance. Each week during May, the APL Update email newsletter was used to promote…

An Australian pork producer’s perspective

Mark McLean is currently the managing director and co-owner of Riverhaven Enterprises and Top Multiplier Pty Ltd – both family agricultural companies operating 2000 sows on two independent 1000 sow pig farms in South Australia. Joining Australian Pork Limited in November 2019 as a producer director on the Board, Mr McLean has extensive experience in…