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…

January 2020

January 2019 edition headlines Training time all the time at Western Meat Packers Group Preparedness pays off for pig producers Producer consultations for APIQ’s Major Review APL down in the dumps High alert for African swine fever Eight lessons from the past and for the next decade Happy New Year from Pork Queensland Inc Immediate…

New Director for Pork Queensland Inc

PORK Queensland Inc wishes Queensland pork producers a happy, safe and prosperous 2020. Queensland update With reasonable prices, Queensland producers have endured the ongoing drought and impacts on prices and look forward to stability of prices to maintain their sustainability. Apart from the drought impacts, producers are reviewing their biosecurity arrangements in the face of…

APSAlutely awesome conference in Adelaide

THE 2019 Australasian Pig Science Association Conference was held at the Hilton Adelaide from November 17-20 and saw more than 280 attendees treated to a diverse range of topics presented by invited speakers both from Australia and around the world. In this Chinese Year of the Pig and despite the horrors of African swine fever…