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…

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…

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…

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…

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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…