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…

APL taking on new challenges

THIS month’s article is my last in the Research and Innovation General Manager position, as I have taken on the role of National Feral Pig Management Coordinator as at March 2, 2020. Because the position is being managed by Australian Pork Limited through a grant from the Commonwealth Government, I will remain part of the…

New ad campaign a hit while trespass penalties amiss

THE summer holiday period again provided a great chance to promote Australian pork and give consumers compelling reasons to support Australian pig farmers. Of particular note was the way Australian pork and ham was so prominently marketed in major supermarket promotions leading up to Christmas, confirming our product is attractive to both retailers and their…

African swine fever seminar very informative

MORE than 90 pork producers, service and product suppliers and government agencies attended an African swine fever seminar held in Kingaroy on January 31. The highly informative and interactive seminar was an initiative of the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries under the co-ordination of DAF Pork Extension Officer Sara Willis. Senator Susan McDonald also…