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…

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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…

July 2019

July 2019 edition headlines Bacon lovers take note: the search is on for Australia’s top rasher New boss hogs in Canberra Renewable gas – a potential future addition to farm micro power grids Death toll hits 2.8 million in Vietnam From chaos to control: 2005 to 2019 As the 2019 Federal election dust settles… Reports…

June 2019

June 2019 edition headlines Nothing standard at The Standard Big biosecurity business at the Forum Keeping out African swine fever together African swine fever ‘light bulb’ moments Online saleyard not a viable solution for pig sales Antimicrobial stewardship in pigs – a UK perspective Fake news and pseudoscience under the microscope PQI representing Queensland pork…

James Cook University students get up close with pigs on farms

FINAL-year vet students recently received global pig health training from Dr John Carr at James Cook University. Their final-year introduction to population medicine particularly includes training in foreign disease awareness, now acutely important with African swine fever on our doorstep. But the course goes from animal handling and sample collection to the real economics of…

Feeding strawberries to pigs

DAVID Dodwell recently wrote poignantly in the South China Morning Post about the far-reaching impact of African swine fever. Given his masthead, he focused on China, but also on its global reach and impact. David typically researches and writes of global, regional and Hong Kong challenges from a Hong Kong viewpoint. Anyway, here’s a little…

May 2019

May 2019 edition headlines James Cook University students get up close with pigs on farm Aussie Farms bus backfiring Full steam ahead for Australian Pork Industry Leadership Program Feeding strawberries to pigs Tackling antimicrobial resistance at a global level Reducing antimicrobial use for respiratory disease in growing pigs:  A case study New criminal penalties to…

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SunPork shines on autistic employees

WHEN I announced a world-first initiative by Autism CRC and SunPork Farms to employ autistic adults in animal care positions in Australia’s pork industry in 2016, it felt good. My client Pork CRC, along with the South Australian government, contributed $150,000 for what was then a pilot project in SA and Queensland to employ a…

APRIL Industry Placement Program starts at Rivalea and SunPork

AUSTRALASIAN Pork Research Institute Limited has announced Jess Craig, Rivalea, NSW and Sofie Pridgeon, Wasleys Piggery, SunPork Farms, South Australia, as the first recipients under its Industry Placement Program. APRIL’s IPP program is similar to that successfully initiated in Co-operative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork and complements future APRIL student support in education…

April 2019

April 2019 edition headlines APRIL Industry Placement Program starts at Rivalea and SunPork ASF and activism – what’s next? Producers evaluating our performance APRIL Industry Placement Program starts at Rivalea and SunPork SunPork shines on autistic employees Will your business survive a disease outbreak? Rewarding biodiversity on farm Sharpest butchers selected for international challenge Izzy…