Pork CRC declares dividends from SA government investment
A 2015 commitment by the South Australian Government to invest half a million dollars with the Roseworthy, SA, head-quartered Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork, has already paid substantial dividends for the state’s pork industry, according to Pork CRC CEO Roger Campbell.
The funding has supported five Pork CRC IPP (Industry Placement Program) appointments at $70,000 each and $150,000 was allocated to the internationally acclaimed Autism in Agriculture Project to help employ nine young autistic adults at SunPork Farms in SA.
“Our IPP, where we place Pork CRC supported graduates with industry, in particular with our participants, is a partnership where funding and training is shared,” Dr Campbell said.
“Business applies for the award and trains the graduates in the business of pork production, while employing them for a minimum of three years. Our job is to ensure the graduate remains involved in R&D and Pork CRC activities.
“Young people get a start in industry and industry benefits from their enthusiasm and injection of fresh ideas and knowledge, which is often very innovative.
“It’s been a truly game changing investment for Pork CRC and industry and we acknowledge the SA state government for recognising this and stepping in to further advance our IPP initiative,” he said. To learn more click here
Subdominant sows find kinky solution when floor fed
Research on feeding behaviour of sows housed in groups by Dr Megan Verdon and colleagues in Pork CRC Project 1A-115 showed subdominant and submissive animals spent less time than their dominant counterparts in areas of high feed availability, but adopted different feeding strategies which enabled them to maintain pregnancy and gain some weight during gestation. Subdominant sows appeared the least stressed and adopted an opportunistic strategy, but, fascinatingly, received more aggression in doing so. To learn more click here
Pigs in straw houses floor flat mates
In Pork CRC Project 3A-112, Dr Rob Smits and Pork CRC post graduate (MSc) student, Ms Amy Lealiifano, of Rivalea and colleagues demonstrated that pigs reared in straw-based systems produced fatter carcasses and more tender meat than those reared in conventional systems. The researchers also showed that tenderness improved with increasing carcass weight. The effects, however, differed across cuts. The researchers investigated the effects of housing, carcass weight and sex on the objective quality traits of the loin, rump and silverside. To learn more click here
Scoping pig poo
Scope on Channel 10 is a fast, funny and informative children’s science show produced in association with CSIRO. Pigs and biogas, with some assistance from Pork CRC’s Bioenergy Support Program, featured in today’s program (July 27). Check it out now, scrolling to the 20min mark for a fun and informative 3min look at how pig poo can work for you. To learn more click here
Research by Dr Jean-Loup Rault, University of Melbourne, showed that piglets in SWAP pens spent more time in brightly lit creep areas and ambient temperature significantly influenced creep use and survival. To learn more click here
Dr Jean-Loup Rault, Leader, Pork CRC Project 1A-116
APSA 2017 to reveal the pig science
of tomorrow today
Pork CRC has released a video highlighting the benefits of using biogas for Australian piggeries. The video shows real life examples of technologies, systems, equipment and uses on Australian piggery sites. Follow the link below to view the video.