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…

Vietnam successfully clones pot-bellied pigs

Vietnam has cloned the endangered Vietnamese pot-bellied pig by using an innovative somatic cell cloning method. Vietnam’s Institute of Animal Sciences and Ministry of Agriculture cloned four baby Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs by using somatic cells derived from ear tissues. Head of the animal sciences institute Pham Cong Thieu said the “birth” of the baby pigs…

Made from imported meat

Each week imported pork arrives on Australia’s shores, directly impacting the profitability of pork producers and driving the need to differentiate local pork products from imported. Australian Pork Limited’s key learning from research conducted by its insights team in 2018 is that consumers are almost entirely unaware of the fact that the majority of Australia’s…

Support measures for farmers impacted by flood damage

AgriBusiness banking specialist Rabobank has announced it will offer a range of support measures to farming clients adversely impacted by floods and torrential rainfall in NSW and Queensland. Rabobank group executive country banking Australia Marcel van Doremaele said early indications were that damage from the recent extreme rainfall event affecting the eastern states had primarily…

African swine fever variant and imports pose risk

The Australian Government is urging heightened biosecurity vigilance following reports of new variants of African swine fever emerging in our region. Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the next few weeks in particular were critical to keeping the deadly disease out. “The reported emergence of new variants of the ASF virus…

Top Sydney chefs gather to support Aussie pork industry

Sydney’s most influential chefs gathered with farmers and food industry leaders recently at Restaurant Pendolino for a night of collaboration and celebration, all in the name of Australian pork. Australian Pork Limited’s foodservice brand PorkStar took the opportunity to bring the industry together after a difficult 12 months across the country. Despite the huge hit…

Lab-based meat company secures $A7.7m in seed funding

Australian cell-based meat company Vow Foods has secured $A7.7 million in a seed funding round, with backing from Mike and Annie Cannon-Brookes’ investing arm Grok Ventures. Using animal cells, the Sydney-based start-up produces traditional meat such as pork and chicken, as well as alpaca, water buffalo and even one of Australia’s most iconic animals –…

Australian pork reclaims weeknight dinners

“Again! … I guess we could make it a quickie.” In January 2020, Australian Pork Limited launched for the first time its cheeky advertising campaign showcasing pork as quick and easy to cook. However, with COVID-19 changing the world around us and with Australia thrown into lockdown, consumers’ shopping behaviours shifted. Supermarket meat cabinets emptied,…