Dr Alison Collins of NSW Department of Primary Industries met with pork producers and Pork CRC representatives at the 2013 Victorian Pig Fair to discuss her progress in developing a quantitative PCR (qPCR) test for Lawsonia.
Despite several years of focussed research by the Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC), much remains to be done monitoring changes in the incidence, virulence and resistance of common pathogens over time and in developing appropriate diagnostic tests, according to Pork CRC CEO, Roger Campbell.
“Pork CRC researchers working on pleuro pneumonia (APP) and other respiratory diseases and enteric pathogens such as E coli, Lawsonia and Brachyspira, have been busy addressing these matters and it will be important, given the global emphasis on antimicrobial use and resistance, that this good work continues,” Dr Campbell said.
“It is a major issue and our industry has the opportunity and potential to further differentiate itself from global and national competitors.”
Pork CRC Program 2, ‘Herd Health Management’, has, however, had notable successes. Click here for more.
Applications open for 2016 Science and Innovation Awards
Young Australian researchers, innovators and scientists involved in the agriculture sector are invited to apply for a share of $240,000 in grants as part of the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said the Awards encouraged young rural innovators to think big and contribute to the future success of Australian agriculture through funding for their innovative research projects. Click here for more.
Temporary confinement of lactating sows and their litters –the pros and cons
A Pork CRC project (1C-113) conducted over a number of years on a commercial farm investigated the performance and behaviour of sows and piglets in conventional farrowing crates and those moved to lactation pens three days after parturition.
The results of two studies and analysis of 12 months commercial data showed that moving sows and their litters to open pens (4.5 m2) three days after birth had no effect on piglet mortality or piglet growth rates.
There was more interaction between sows and piglets in lactation pens than farrowing crates but more injuries to both the sow and the piglet in pens but most were minor in nature. The results suggest there may be welfare benefits associated with providing sows and their piglets more room three days after farrowing but the causes and consistency of the differences in behaviour require further research. The effects on subsequent sow and piglet behaviour and performance remain to be established.
Alltech Recruiting Grads for Career Program
Alltech is recruiting recent graduates to apply for the fourth annual Alltech Corporate Career Development Program. Graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree programs are invited to apply now through September 30. The program begins in February of 2016. For more details please click here