human

Why humans kill animals – Part 1

ABOVE: Several forms of animal killing are a necessary component of our inescapable involvement in a single functioning finite global food web. An unavoidable component of human existence. Killing animals has been a ubiquitous human behaviour throughout history, yet it is becoming increasingly controversial and criticised in some parts of contemporary human society. Over a…

industry

AMIC calls for government action to protect meat industry

ABOVE: Ongoing industrial action has seen significant disruptions across Australia’s sea freight terminals, impacting on Australia’s meat export industry. Photo: Venti Views The Australian Meat Industry Council is calling for action to address the significant impacts being caused by the escalating dispute between DP World and the Maritime Union of Australia. The ongoing industrial action…

antimicrobial

Targeting post-weaning diarrhoea and antimicrobial resistance

ABOVE: Led by Professor Sam Abraham and involving the Feedworks team, a recently completed project investigated novel approaches for reducing antimicrobial resistant and pathogenic gram-negative bacteria in the pig gastrointestinal tract, specifically ETEC. Reducing antimicrobial use for disease control – for example for post-weaning diarrhoea caused by strains of enterotoxigenic escherichia coli – as well…

alltech

Alltech awarded three sustainability medals

ABOVE: Alltech was awarded three EcoVadis sustainability medals. A Leading global animal health and nutrition company, Alltech has been awarded a silver medal from EcoVadis – putting it in the top 25 percent of sustainable companies globally. The EcoVadis silver medal testifies to Alltech’s purpose of ‘Working together for a planet of plenty’ and its…

February 2024

February edition headlines Targeting post-weaning diarrhoea and antimicrobial resistance Deciding on a feral pig management technique 2024 Australian pork industry outlook Applications open for John Riley Memorial Travel Award Panel discussion on traceability and innovation in agtech Overcoming hurdles to stall free pig production Food and Grocery Code of Conduct review AMIC calls for government…

swine

Delving deeper into swine dysentery

ABOVE: The pork industry has been greatly affected by swine dysentery, a disease that still lacks an effective vaccine. Photo: Kathleen Trigg As you wander down the meat aisle and view the variety of available pork cuts, you’re probably not thinking about the people and the work behind getting the meat to the supermarket. But…

APRIL

Apply for an APRIL award

ABOVE: A current APRIL Industry Placement Program awardee, Samantha Sterndale at Westpork. The Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited is committed to enhancing the overall human capacity base for science, innovation and training in the pork industry. To this end, APRIL is currently seeking eligible applications from anyone wishing to extend their study or training in…

January 2024

January edition headlines Apply for an APRIL award Industry achievements and challenges Free feeding weakest link baiting and trapping feral pigs National Farmers Federation statement on outcomes from COP28 Inquiry seeking submissions on pig welfare Pig welfare is priority one Bulletproof pumps for Bush’s Proteins NEM partners with Lallemand ASF surveillance and sampling course British…

December 2023

December edition headlines APRIL stakeholder forum promotes translating science into practice Leaders in sustainability at MPEC Meat industry’s MPEC 2023 a resounding success Producers oppose levy over poor policy Scientists team up for ASF vaccine Backing food product claims with evidence Dig wins Australian Pork account Prevent parasite impacts on your pig herd health Spreading…

European

2023 WAAP and EAAP conference in Lyon

ABOVE: Europe is still working through transition towards recent animal welfare regulatory changes, including trying to manage issues to improve piglet survivability. European In late August, I had the privilege of representing the research team at Integrity Ag by presenting the preliminary findings of the lifecycle assessment conducted on the Australian pork industry. This opportunity…