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…

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…

Roseworthy pig production course serves up a taste of science

‘PIG Production – Science into Practice’, an annual course designed to raise understanding of pig production, from conception through to processing and the management required in between, was held at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy campus from February 4 to 14. Supported by Pork CRC and Australian Pork Limited, the course was co-ordinated and taught…

Commercialised Pork CRC research delivered

ADDRESSING the 2019 ‘Pig Production – Science into Practice’ course at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy campus, Pork CRC Commercialisation and Research Impact manager Charles Rikard-Bell explained how early Pork CRC research generated commercial products to provide income to Pork CRC going forward. Dr Rikard-Bell delivered two case studies to the audience of 45 undergraduates…

Boehringer Ingelheim hosts Swine Academy

BOEHRINGER Ingelheim Animal Health Australia was fortunate to hold the first-ever Australian Boehringer Ingelheim Swine Academy program in Brisbane from November 27-30, 2018, with 16 producers, four veterinarians, and from the US the head of the BISA program Dr Arturo Oropeza participating. The program was facilitated by Dr Jim Lowe, an American veterinarian, producer and…

Positive Pork CRC outcomes outlined

ROGER Campbell, in his final annual report as Pork CRC CEO, highlighted positive R&D outcomes, including measuring and enhancing contentment of sows housed in conventional farrowing systems, global interest in a swine dysentery vaccine developed by Murdoch University, research at SARDI that developed an eating quality model for Australian pork and enhanced AusScan calibrations for…

Affluent effluent possible for piggeries

ABOUT 16 percent of the manure effluent of the Australian pig herd is now directed to biogas systems, equating to 29 percent of the herd housed in conventional sheds at piggeries larger than 500-sow farrow-to-finish, which is the cut-off for feasibility of these systems. Before Pork CRC’s Bioenergy Support Program commenced in 2012, manure from…