Positive Pork CRC Outcomes Outlined

Roger Campbell, in his final annual report as Pork CRC CEO, has highlighted positive R&D outcomes, including measuring and enhancing contentment of sows housed in conventional farrowing systems, global interest in a swine dysentery vaccine developed by Murdoch University, research at SARDI which developed an eating quality model for Australian pork and enhanced AusScan calibrations for grains and protein meals.

Dr Roger Campbell Pork CRC

Looking to the future, Dr Roger Campbell says Australia’s pork industry will emerge from its current challenging situation stronger and more resilient.

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Affluent effluent possible for piggeries

About 16 per cent of the manure effluent of the Australian pig herd is now directed to biogas systems, equating to 29 per cent of the herd housed in conventional sheds at piggeries larger than 500 sow farrow-to-finish, which is the cut-off for feasibility of these systems.
Before Pork CRC’s Bioenergy Support Program (BSP) commenced in 2012, manure from only about two per cent of the national herd was directed to biogas systems.
According to Alan Skerman, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and Dr Stephen Tait, University of Queensland (now at University of Southern Queensland), the BSP’s positive impact on biogas adoption has been substantial.

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Covered anaerobic pond at a 20,000 standard pig unit grow-out piggery in New South Wales.

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Alan Skerman, Shao Dong Yap, Rob Wilson and Stephan Tait all tackled how to turn piggery waste into potentially profitable bioenergy under the Pork CRC’s successful Bioenergy Support Program.

Farrowing fun makes for contented sows

Innovative research in Pork CRC Project 1A -111 by scientists from University of Melbourne , Rivalea Australia, SARDI and Sun Pork Farms into the contentment/affective state of sows housed in traditional farrowing systems suggested that providing enrichment as straw or lucerne hay two days before farrowing might enhance the affective state of older sows and certainly reduce still birth rate.

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Positively gas guzzling projects

Pork CRC’s Bioenergy Support Program (BSP) has significantly progressed the industry’s aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 equivalents) from 3.6 kg/kg in 2010 to near 1.3 kg/kg pork produced in 2021. Pork CRC Project 4C-116, captures the achievements of several Pork CRC BSP projects, including how odour and power costs have been reduced by piggeries adopting Biogas capture and using methane to generate heat and power. There’s also lists of all suppliers and companies involved in the installation of covers and equipment for lagoons and engineered digesters.

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Pork up a Mediterranean diet & dish up healthy option

Including two to three serves of fresh, lean pork a week as part of a healthy Mediterranean diet may have beneficial health effects in overweight individuals on vascular function, particularly blood pressure, a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease. This was the finding of Dr Karen Murphy and her team at University of South Australia from Pork CRC Project 3B-113. With pork lower in saturated fat than beef it may offer a suitable alternative meat protein source to red meat in a Mediterranean dietary pattern for Australians

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Animal welfare cast in bronze by Pork CRC

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Animal welfare was the focus of Pork CRC’s bronze sponsorship of ‘Animal Production 2018’, the 32nd biennial conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production.
Held over three days in July at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, its theme was ‘Fostering innovation through the value chain’.
Pork CRC Manager, Commercialisation and Research Impact, Charles Rikard-Bell, who attended and represented the Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork, said the theme was a perfect fit, as Pork CRC’s four programs were all about innovation up and down the value chain.
This was particularly the case with Program One, ‘Reduced confinement of sows and piglets’, which focussed on developing innovative sow and piglet management and housing systems that progressively relied on less confinement to optimise sow and piglet welfare, while maintaining production efficiency and profitability.

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Ingot check the rolled gold of feed grain checks

With grain the major and costly ingredient in pig diets and contributing much of the dietary energy, Australian pork producers are increasingly demanding that grains they feed have been accurately measured for their available digestible energy (DE).
According to Pork CRC Commercialisation and Research Impact Manager, Charles Rikard-Bell, this is particularly the case today, with a megajoule (MJ) of digestible energy (DE) worth $20 to $35, depending on the grain price.
“This is why AusScan’s pig faecal DE calibration, which predicts the DE of cereal grains with an accuracy of +/- 0.26 MJ, has become vital to pig farming in Australia, as it allows nutritionists to formulate the most cost effective diet,” Dr Rikard-Bell said.
A big advantage of using near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) calibrations is the speed of the result, with a laboratory with access to AusScan Online able to scan a sample of grain and download results in seconds.

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Positive Pork CRC Outcomes Outlined

Roger Campbell, in his final annual report as Pork CRC CEO, has highlighted positive R&D outcomes, including measuring and enhancing contentment of sows housed in conventional farrowing systems, global interest in a swine dysentery vaccine developed by Murdoch University, research at SARDI which developed an eating quality model for Australian…

Farrowing fun makes for contented sows

Innovative research in Pork CRC Project 1A-111 by scientists from University of Melbourne, Rivalea Australia, SARDI and Sun Pork Farms into the contentment or affective state of sows housed in traditional farrowing systems suggested that providing enrichment as straw or lucerne hay two days before farrowing might enhance the affective…

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Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual Report 2017-2018

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Latest Pork Journal – Sept/Oct 2018

Latest Pork Journal – Sept/Oct 2018

Sept/Oct 2018   Affluent effluent possible for piggeries – page 12 Farrowing fun makes for contented sows – page 17 John Pluske is APRIL’s inaugural appointment as CEO and Chief Scientist – page 24            

Latest Australian Pork Newspaper –  November 2018

Latest Australian Pork Newspaper – November 2018

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Pig Industry Yearbook 2018

Pig Industry Yearbook 2018

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