Summer of the zombie sperm

Heat stress-induced DNA damage and its mitigation in boar spermatozoa DR Damien Paris gave quite a memorable presentation at this year’s Australian Pig Veterinarians Annual Conference. ‘Pork is the most consumed meat in the world and summer infertility equals reduced reproductive performance, costing the industry $300 million annually in the US.’ The thermal comfort zone…

What’s in a name when it comes to fair trade

SPENDING a few weeks in Portugal and Italy over September and October meant I’d have missed the editorial deadline for October’s APN, hence writing this pre-trip while contemplating the trip two days out from departure. One expectation I have is enjoying some quality pork and processed meats, especially in Italy, where I have done exactly…

October 2019

October 2019 edition headlines CM Farms strikes gold at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show Home-grown message reaches millions Growing a digital future for Australian agriculture Improving the eating characteristics of fresh Australian pork cuts South Korea orders military to target wild boar to stop spread of ASF Improvements to enhance PigPass Preparing for the…

September 2019

September 2019 edition headlines Australia’s best bacon announced Biosecurity is a fundamental cornerstone of Australia’s pig industry Responsible use of antimicrobials – key messages from Dr. Mandy Nevel’s visit What’s the most Australian way to eat bacon? Bacon and building Australian Australian young pork leaders Smallgoods is big business at D’Orsogna APL’s 2020-25 Strategic Plan…

D’Orsogna warmly welcomed in Victoria

Iconic Western Australian company, D’Orsogna Limited, has commenced production at its $66 million state-of-the-art 11,000 square metre food manufacturing facility in Victoria. Officially opened last week at Merrifield Business Park, 30km north of Melbourne, by Victorian Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade, Martin Pakula, it will soon employ 200 people and firmly establish D’Orsogna as…

Great turn out at 2019 APV Conference

CAIRNS proved to be an excellent venue for the meeting of the Australian Pig Veterinarians. One hundred delegates comprising veterinarians in practice, industry and government, around 30 speakers and many other industry representatives met from July 31 to August 2. Veterinarians ranged from those retired but still with a very active interest in the industry…

Australia’s best bacon announced

IN what could be deemed Australia’s tastiest competition, Princi Smallgoods in Perth have been named as producing the best bacon in the nation, just in time for International Bacon Day on August 31. The nationally available full rasher bacon, made from 100 percent Australian pork, was the star of the Australian PorkMark Bacon Awards and…

August 2019

August 2019 edition headlines Calling for nominations for the 2019 Batterham Memorial Award Adapting to new challenges Emerging applications of digital technology Pork roast was Brad Thomason’s crowning glory Represent the Australian pork industry as an APL delegate What you need to know to protect your business from African swine fever Going for the everyday…

African swine fever workshop prepares Queensland producers

BIOSECURITY Queensland recently hosted a workshop focused on African swine fever preparedness to ensure Queensland is well equipped to respond in the event of ASF reaching our shores. Australia is in the favourable position of being free from ASF, however recent incidents in Eastern Europe and Asia are a reminder it can spread quickly. Around…

batterham

Calling for nominations for the 2019 Batterham Memorial Award

THE Batterham Memorial Award is a prestigious award conferred and supported by the Australasian Pig Science Association in memory of the late Dr Ted Batterham, an internationally respected researcher who made major contributions to pig science in Australia and around the world. Ted was a world-leading and respected scientist in the area of amino acid…

From chaos to control: 2005 to 2019

AS you will be aware, Andrew Spencer is going to leave us as CEO in early August. I’m sure Andrew has covered that, but I thought I’d get my piece in too. Andrew joined Australian Pork Limited in 2005 and colleagues, both existing and past, who were there then have relayed their memories of that…

Renewable gas – a potential future addition to farm micro power grids

ENERGY Networks Australia and Bioenergy Australia recently hosted a Renewable Gas Symposium in Sydney. This symposium explored emerging innovations and research in hydrogen and biogas.The drivers pushing businesses to consider utilising low carbon gas and the injection and policy mechanisms needed to support it being blended into existing gas networks. It was evident that major…