Another Workplace Agreement on Pork CRC Industry Placement Program
Veterinarian Stephanie Nicholas, who commenced work in Western Australia this week with Portec Veterinary Services, is the latest in a long line of Pork CRC Industry Placement Program appointments.
Dr Nicholas, who graduated from Murdoch University in December 2015 with Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVMS) and Bachelor of Science Veterinary Biology (BSc), has already completed several externships with Portec.
Portec Principal and veterinarian, Kim Nairn said her appointment would further enhance Portec’s capacity for developing training for Murdoch veterinary students and making more resources available to Australian pork producers to help ensure healthy, sustainable and, hopefully, profitable pig production enterprises.
Since 2007, Portec has designed and delivered the intensive animal industries component of the veterinary undergraduate degree at Murdoch. To learn more click here
Veterinarian Stephanie Nicholas with Portec Veterinary Services principal and fellow veterinarian Kim Nairn. Dr Nicholas is the latest Pork CRC Industry Placement Program appointment.
Sows react differently to hay and straw as sources of enrichment (Project 1C 116)
In a study conducted by Dr Will van Wettere (Adelaide University) and researchers and staff at Sun Pork Farms SA – Straw or hay was provided in racks to group housed sows following remixing at six weeks of pregnancy and fed from ESFs. Neither substrate altered aggression after mixing but aggression declined dramatically between days 2 and 9 following mixing. Sows offered hay exhibited more guarding behaviour through day 30 whilst those offered straw exhibited significantly more exploratory (foraging) behaviour, suggesting straw may be a better form of enrichment. Both materials significantly reduced the number of sows removed because of not eating from the ESFs suggesting behaviour around the ESFs was altered. To learn more click here
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
Cautious optimism at WA Pork Producers
Association 2017 Industry Day
West Australian Pork Producers Association President, Dawson Bradford, highlighted the need to find new markets in Asia which are prepared to pay a premium for WA pork, in his report to WAPPA’s 2017 annual general meeting.
WAPPA’s AGM was part of a very successful 2017 industry day at the International On The Water Hotel at Ascot, attended by producers, industry stakeholders, sponsors and speakers.
Speakers included Roger Campbell of Pork CRC, Deb Kerr and Lechelle van Breda, both of APL, Anne-Maree O’Callaghan of Strategy Matrix, Ruel Pagoto of Boehringer Ingelheim, Fadi Malek of Global Skilled Employment Services, Ron Penn of Linley Valley Pork, Chris Brennan of MSD Animal Health, Bruce Hunt of Zoetis and Christopher Tyson of Bunge Australia.
Dr Campbell focused his Pork CRC update on Pork CRC’s transition to APRIL; eating quality; sow behaviour; welfare; antibiotic resistance and cost of production.
Dr van Breda, who recently completed her Pork CRC supported PhD on E coli, covered a number of APL’s activities, including a big focus on antibiotic resistance.
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Dr Roger Campbell presenting at WAPPA Industry Day
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