Additional biosecurity officers for Australia

Australia’s frontline offensive against biosecurity risks, African swine fever and hitchhiker pests was bolstered recently, with 96 biosecurity officers starting work – a firm focus on tackling the evolving threats. Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia David Littleproud said the bulk recruitment was part of the Australian Government’s commitment to get more frontline boots on…

Import awareness campaign

New insights into consumer awareness and purchasing behaviour in Adelaide has been revealed in a trial marketing campaign conducted by Australian Pork Limited this year. The APL marketing team re-launched the trial in metropolitan Adelaide in March as a response to extensive research showing most consumers were unaware that they were buying ham or bacon…

Pigs can’t fly

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ newly trained team will be the department’s eyes in the sky when it comes to feral pig monitoring and emergency response. The group completed helicopter safety training starting with practical underwater escape training and hazard scanning in a helicopter flight simulator. They then took to the skies with a…

Collaboration provides precise testing

APIAM Animal Health, in collaboration with APRIL and Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, are pleased to provide the Australian pig industry access to lawsonia intracellularis quantitative polymerase chain reaction testing. The diagnostic qPCR test provides more precise detection of lawsonia intracelluaris compared to existing diagnostic methods and by doing so provides opportunity for improved production outcomes.…

Marketing gets more pork on festive forks

With Christmas around the corner, Australians are determined to reconnect with loved ones after another year affected by COVID-19. But despite eased restrictions, uncertainty around interstate and international travel will continue the trend towards entertaining at home. Which means big opportunities for Australians to celebrate the festive season with pork. This year, the Australian Pork…

Grant to grow industry welfare standard

Sunprok has received a $2.89 million grant to help improve animal welfare practices across the industry. Federal Member for Farrer Sussan Ley said the federal grant would help SunPork, Australia’s largest pork producer, work towards eliminating the practice of tail removal from pigs. “On this proposal SunPork will join with its research partners at pig…

ASF virus detected in Hong Kong wild pig

A Wild pig found dead in Hong Kong has tested positive for the African swine fever virus. The region had been free of the disease since May and it is the first detection in a wild animal in the region. According to the official report to the World Organisation for Animal Health, a carcass was…

APL reclaims International Bacon Day

An initiative by Australian Pork Limited to reclaim International Bacon Day has created a stir across the nation. In the lead up to September 4, the tongue in cheek campaign dropped the ‘Inter’ to celebrate ‘National Bacon Day’ as a reminder to shoppers to do the ‘Aussie check’ for the country-of-origin label when buying smallgoods.…

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…