Differences between science and commerce

Last time I was involved as part of a team of technical experts was over 18 years ago, and it was with about 70 food technologists. So, I called a mentor of mine and asked him whether I might have forgotten anything about working with technical experts. His answer was annoyingly concise: “They are people…

Pork supply secure, call to support foodservice trade

THE Australian Pork Limited team is taking the lead on several fronts in response to the rapidly evolving impact of COVID-19. APL is committed to ensuring Australian pig producers and the wider pork industry are able to respond strongly to the unfolding situation. As an industry, our priorities are to protect the health and safety…

Biosecurity vigilance to stop ASF spread to Australia

AUSTRALIAN pork producers remain on alert following confirmation in the last week of March that the deadly African swine fever virus caused the deaths of hundreds of pigs in Papua New Guinea. PNG officials, who confirmed samples from the affected Southern Highlands pigs were sent to Australia and returned positive for ASF, are investigating how…

March 2020

March 2020 edition headlines Taking on new challenges Exciting changes under way at Australian Pork Limited Cattle feedlot antimicrobial stewardship practices positive If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it German states prepare for swine fever outbreak and intensify preventative strategies US to focus on growth strategies as pork exports set new records in…

February 2020

February 2020 edition headlines New ad campaign a hit while trespass penalties amiss The perfect weeknight quickie Coronavirus and ASF – some interesting biosecurity parallels Stunning alternatives revealed New ham promotion for a new decade US-China trade deal: what does it mean for Australian pork? Staying ahead of the next disease challenge in Denmark ASF…

German states prepare for swine fever outbreak

WITH African swine fever circulating on Germany’s doorstep, German authorities are intensifying measures to keep the disease out of its national pig herd. Germany’s Minister of Agriculture Barbara Otte-Kinast announced recently that Lower Saxony would follow in the footsteps of North-Rhine Westphalia to establish a wildlife epidemic prevention group. She insisted other federal states should…

NT’s biosecurity homework over three years late

DESPITE the Northern Territory government having three years, with a six-month extension, to meet the biosecurity requirements for the Port of Darwin, it has failed to hand the work in on time. The Federal Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said biosecurity is not to be taken lightly, and states and territories must meet the Australian…

APL taking on new challenges

THIS month’s article is my last in the Research and Innovation General Manager position, as I have taken on the role of National Feral Pig Management Coordinator as at March 2, 2020. Because the position is being managed by Australian Pork Limited through a grant from the Commonwealth Government, I will remain part of the…

New ad campaign a hit while trespass penalties amiss

THE summer holiday period again provided a great chance to promote Australian pork and give consumers compelling reasons to support Australian pig farmers. Of particular note was the way Australian pork and ham was so prominently marketed in major supermarket promotions leading up to Christmas, confirming our product is attractive to both retailers and their…

African swine fever seminar very informative

MORE than 90 pork producers, service and product suppliers and government agencies attended an African swine fever seminar held in Kingaroy on January 31. The highly informative and interactive seminar was an initiative of the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries under the co-ordination of DAF Pork Extension Officer Sara Willis. Senator Susan McDonald also…

January 2020

January 2020 edition headlines Training time all the time at Western Meat Packers Group Preparedness pays off for pig producers Producer consultations for APIQ’s Major Review APL down in the dumps High alert for African swine fever Eight lessons from the past and for the next decade Happy New Year from Pork Queensland Inc Immediate…