ASF outbreaks continue to roil Indian pork sector

African swine fever outbreaks are causing major disruptions in the Indian state of Mizoram, killing over 4600 pigs in two months. Indian animal health authorities have logged 4650 ASF mortalities in pigs and piglets in two months in the state of Mizoram. Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science Department joint director livestock health Dr Lalhmingthanga said…

Obese pigs fuel slump in pork prices

Obese pigs in China are being blamed for worsening a sudden slide in the country’s pork prices. In the hope the animals will generate higher returns should prices rebound, farmers have been fattening hogs since late last year to almost double their normal weight, with some reaching the size of a female polar bear. Many…

JBS Australia to acquire Rivalea

JBS Australia Group announced an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Rivalea Holdings Pty Ltd and 100 percent of Oxdale Dairy Enterprise Pty Ltd – together Rivalea – from Singapore-listed food company QAF Limited. Rivalea Holdings owns two subsidiaries incorporated in Australia namely, Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd, and is a majority shareholder in Diamond Valley…

July 2021

July 2021 edition headlines Building leadership for rural, regional and remote Australia Putting Australian pork industry people first APL delegates debate pork industry future Peculiar Pig Farm Feral pig management New abattoir biosecurity standards APRIL announces mid-year education awards Right farrowing strategy pays off JBS Australia to acquire Rivalea Recap on June – grower and…

Smartening-up meat traceability

Central Queensland University has been awarded a $200,101 traceability grant to improve meat traceability through the existing National Livestock Identification System. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the research will look at ways to improve meat traceability, animal welfare and meat quality. “On-animal sensors or smart-tags is an emerging technology and…

May weaner performance update

In addition to reducing stress and providing a good environment, it is important weaner pigs have access to a well-balanced diet to support their growth and performance. In recent years, APL has supported research looking at nutritional strategies to promote weaner performance. Each week during May, the APL Update email newsletter was used to promote…

An Australian pork producer’s perspective

Mark McLean is currently the managing director and co-owner of Riverhaven Enterprises and Top Multiplier Pty Ltd – both family agricultural companies operating 2000 sows on two independent 1000 sow pig farms in South Australia. Joining Australian Pork Limited in November 2019 as a producer director on the Board, Mr McLean has extensive experience in…

June 2021

June 2021 edition headlines Australian pork a winner at the Apiam Race Day Federal Budget: annual economic plan Pork it up every which way you like Australia’s biosecurity investment An Australian pork producer’s perspective Leading the way in agricultural technology Apiam launches Data Pig program Pork recipe goes viral Innovation Plan gears up New head…

Leading animal nutrition company celebrates 50 years

Zinpro Corporation, the leading provider of performance trace mineral animal nutrition, is commemorating 50 years of business with a bold rebrand that represents its passion and commitment for the future – advancing performance together. Zinpro president and chief executive officer Rob Sheffer said, “For the past 50 years, customers have relied on Zinpro to continually…

Ramped up biosecurity measures as illegal pork imports increase

The pork industry has called on pig farmers to boost their biosecurity measures after African swine fever and foot and mouth disease virus fragments were again detected in pork products seized at Australia’s international mail centres. FMD is a highly contagious viral disease that affects cloven-hoofed animals including buffalo, pigs, cattle, sheep, deer, camels and…

Actioning the National Feral Pig Action Plan

Over the past 12 months, significant engagement with our Steering Group and the many stakeholders and land managers impacted by feral pigs has led to the development of the first-ever National Feral Pig Action Plan. I’m pleased to advise that, following stakeholder feedback from its month-long consultation period during February, the final draft plan has…

May 2021

May 2021 edition headlines Biosecurity measures need continuous re-evaluation Piglet survival month Meat processors support RSPCA welfare standards Meat-eaters put to the sword Industry consultation rolls out around Australia Pork prices are still bullish Ramped up biosecurity measures as illegal pork imports increase Using science to optimise a positive pork eating experience Winter is coming…