Media Releases

2011

June 22 – New Board for New Pork CRC  Adobe Acrobat
Ensuring Australian pork is a high integrity meat that is welfare optimal, environmentally responsible, safe and nutritious is the focus of the CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork.
Commencing July 1, the new Pork Cooperative Research Centre will also have a new Board, with Andrew Spencer, Dr Hugh Wirth and Kenton Shaw appointed as Directors. Replacing Paul Pattison, Associate Professor Wayne Pitchford and Andrew Maughan from July 1, they will join existing Board members, Dr John Keniry (Chairman), Professor Simon Maddocks, Professor John Pluske, Dr Rob Van Barneveld, Rod Hamann, Sam McIvor, Brian Halstead and Nigel Smith.
Announcing the new Board, Dr Keniry said it was vital that Australia’s pork industry maintain local production of reasonably priced, high quality pork, produced at an acceptable return on capital invested, while improving pig welfare, the environment and consumer health

 

May 18 – BENCHMARKING: When only the best will do Adobe Acrobat
Experienced pig nutritionist Geoff Handley of Highspec Rural Services credits the recent push by Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (Pork CRC) to implement a national performance benchmarking program, for motivating higher production levels in most of the 10 Queensland farms he consults to.
“By comparing their performance to others in the project, on a standardised basis, they’ve been able to quantify in real world terms where they can still move forward,” Mr Handley explained.
“By sharing information within the group, who run a total of 7500 sows, from the better producers to those who can still improve, significant impacts will be made across all participating farms.
“The Pork CRC benchmarking project and particularly the correlation between such performance parameters as weaning age and pigs weaned per sow per year, will allow the whole industry to adjust its management accordingly,” Mr Handley said.

April 1 –

Pork CRC Scientists consulted by Pig Vets Adobe Acrobat
Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) today announced it would be a major sponsor of the 2011 Australian Pig Vets meeting in Melbourne in July.
The Pork CRC will support the attendance of keynote speakers, Professor Mary Barton, University of South Australia, Dr Toni Chapman and Dr Alison Collins, both of The Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute, Industry and Investment NSW, Dr Megan Edwards, ACE Livestock Consulting and Dr Sue Yen Woon, Rivalea.

March 9 –

Pork CRC appoints Crook as Business and Finance Manager Adobe Acrobat
Geoff Crook has been appointed Business and Finance Manager with Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), based at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy Campus.
Before joining the Pork CRC he was Finance and Compliance Manager with Australia’s  Grape and Wine R&D Corporation, which is also headquartered in South Australia. A chartered accountant, English-born 41 year old Mr Crook has a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours.
Announcing the appointment, Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell, said Mr Crook had the necessary mix of business and finance skills and a sound understanding of science.
“Essentially, the Pork CRC is about responsibly funding and supporting innovative research and quality science, while applying appropriate due diligence, especially in how we invest funding from the Federal Government and our participants, including private companies and institutions,” Dr Campbell said.

February 25 –

Pork CRC Nutrition Research to pay Producer DividendsAdobe Acrobat
Paying closer attention to nutrition in their pre and post weaning pigs promises to pay dividends for pork producers, thanks to enhanced intestinal and immune development, survivability and performance.
Supported by Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), South Australian Megan Edwards was admitted on February 21 to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the University of New England (UNE), NSW, having completed her PhD on early nutrition and the weaning transition.
In four experiments under commercial conditions, Dr Edwards assessed the influence of various nutritional strategies, including extrusion as an alternative milling process, amino acid supplementation, non-nutritional effects of creep feed and the use of two nutraceutical products, spray-dried porcine plasma and a yeast derived protein meal.

January 27 –

Hot News on Seasonal Infertility in Pigs Adobe Acrobat
Although eliminating the costly problem of seasonal infertility in pigs is not as yet possible, considerable Pork CRC supported research has been pulled together into how best to combat it, how producers can recognise the major risk factors, and most importantly, what steps they can take to minimise its impact.
Professor Paul Hughes of SARDI and Dr William van Wettere of the University of Adelaide have summarised the latest information on the what, why and how of seasonal infertility and its effect on fertility and fecundity.
Now you can download a timely document of their just released information package on this seasonal issue.  With seasonal infertility manifested by pigs struggling with coming into heat and exhibiting higher rates of early pregnancy failure, typically in summer and early autumn, now is the time for you to seek out some answers, and perhaps implement some Pork CRC supported research to help you better deal with seasonal infertility issues in your herd.

 

2010

December 22 – Rain, Hail Or Shine! Grains Gain With AusScan Adobe Acrobat
With prolific weather-damaged grain in eastern Australia, drought affected grain in WA and some light-weight barley in Queensland, livestock producers, particularly pig farmers, are turning to AusScan, technology commercialised by Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), to rigorously assess grain before feeding.
Pork CRC AusScan Project Manager, John Spragg said he was confident that available energy determinations for weather damaged grains, using the AusScan near infrared (NIR) calibrations, would provide more meaningful data than that generated from the metabolisable energy (ME) estimation equations.

December 17 – Carr drives Pork CRC into the future Adobe Acrobat
Australia’s pork industry, which has an annual farm-gate value of $1 billion, contributes $3 billion annually to the national economy and generates 8000 jobs, has welcomed the announcement by Federal Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, that the Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has been funded for a further eight years.
After thanking the Federal Government for its $20 million commitment, Pork CRC Chairman, Dr John Keniry, congratulated his rebid team, headed by Dr Rob van Barneveld, with support from CEO Dr Roger Campbell, Dr Darryl D’Souza of APL, Mr Rod Hamann of Australian Pork Farms and Dr Brian Luxford of Rivalea.
We are also very grateful to the Pork CRC’s 40 participants, all of whom I thank for their enthusiasm and support, and their commitment of $18 million in cash and $94 million in-kind over the eight years, commencing July 1, 2011, Dr Keniry said. In particular, I welcome the involvement of the RSPCA and retailers in the new Pork CRC, as this will help us focus on meeting the needs and expectations of consumers.
The rebid, titled High Integrity Australian Pork, comprises four research programs:
1- Confinement free sow and piglet management
2- New generation health management and antibiotic reduction
3- Healthy pork consumption
4- Carbon-conscious inputs and outputs
More Adobe Acrobat

September 22 – Productively Feeding Us and Them Adobe Acrobat
Delivering the keynote address, The Modern Pork Industry – Breakthroughs and Future Opportunities, Dr Roger Campbell, CEO of Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), told a Zinpro symposium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, that the US pork industry, like Australia’s, needed to innovate around social and welfare issues.
Innovations were necessary in sow housing, pig management, environmental issues and general welfare likely to affect consumer perceptions and demand for pork.

July 29 – Diabetic test to help Pork Producers Adobe Acrobat
A simple glucose meter, or glucometer, commonly used by diabetics to measure blood glucose levels, is set to help Australian pork producers more efficiently feed their pigs.
Supported by Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), Dr Peter Sopade of the University of Queensland has developed a simple, robust, efficient technique, using a glucometer, that measures the amount of glucose and therefore digested starch, produced by digestive enzymes.
It was one of the key outcomes of the Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) project,
1B-107 – Processing Methods for Improving the Utilisation of Cereal Grains by Pigs.

July 12 – Pork CRC makes bid for better pig welfare Adobe Acrobat
Research supported by Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) suggests changes to how sows are managed and mated in lactation may enable a smooth transition from stalls to group housing, without reproductive performance declining.
Addressing an Animal Welfare Science Centre pig welfare seminar in Melbourne on Friday, July 9, Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell said the new technology, developed by Sydney University researchers, formed the basis of a major program in the CRC’s rebid application recently submitted to the Australian Government.
“One of the program’s core objectives will be the development of cost effective management and housing systems that have no adverse effects on reproduction or cost of production, but will improve the welfare of sows and their progeny,” he told about 50 delegates.

June 25 – There’s just something about Pork! Adobe Acrobat
Dr Roger Campbell, CEO of Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), is increasingly convinced that fresh Australian pork has a range of largely untapped health and nutrition attributes. “There’s just something about pork,” he said, after welcoming almost 500 people to the 2010 Pan Pacific Pork Expo (PPPE) on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
The Pork CRC supports research into such pork qualities as its role in improving thiamine status and reducing heart disease and type two diabetes, plus the possible benefits of its selenium content and its effect on satiety.  “These are just some of the things we’re studying, researching and reviewing, particularly as part of Pork CRC Program Three, which is managed by Heather Channon of APL”, said Dr Campbell. “Everything we do is really about health, as we need a healthy animal to feed nutritious pork to enhance human health, while maintaining a healthy environment and a healthy economic platform to support investment and capture value for stakeholders up and down the chain, from producers to consumers.”

April 28 – Pigeon Pair for Pork CRC at PPPE Adobe Acrobat
Although pigs can’t fly, healthy pigs and healthy people are, effectively, a ‘pigeon pair’ when it comes to Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and its focus as a sponsor of the upcoming 2010 Pan Pacific Pork Expo (PPPE) on Queensland’s Gold Coast from June 16 to 17.
In keeping with the PPPE theme, ‘Next Generation Pork – Finding the Balance’, the Pork CRC is sponsoring ‘Pork Power’ a concurrent session on day two which will analyse the importance of maintaining healthy pork for a healthy market.
Dr Roger Campbell, CEO of the Pork CRC, said he looked forward to a robust discussion around the latest research and trends into the inherent health attributes of pork, with a particular focus on the importance of marketing to consumers.
We must continue to ensure Australian pork is the best possible quality and that our R&D can identify and verify the nutrients in pork that promote the health and well-being of pork consumers. The way we’ll achieve this is through consistent and reliable research, innovation, quality assessment and market analysis, he said.

March 31 – Berkshire – A Triticale treat for Pigs Adobe Acrobat
To encourage the 2010 growing of Berkshire, the new high yielding triticale, meetings of triticale growers, agronomists, pork producers and feed mills were recently hosted by Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), co-developer of the variety with The University of Sydney and the Grains Research and Development Corporation.
Berkshire was one of three new grain varieties from Pork CRC plant breeding projects released for commercial sowing during the 2009 season and is now available for extensive release. The others were the field pea, Maki and the barley, Shepherd.
Berkshire seminar attendees were told by Pork CRC Program One Manager, Dr Ray King, that, at an average digestible energy (DE) content of 13.9 MJ DE/kg, Berkshire contained about 0.5 MJ DE/kg more than the average energy in other triticale varieties, including Tahara.

March 17 – Healthy Outcome for Pig Industry Adobe Acrobat
Australia’s Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has found a positive link between feeding encapsulated Zinc oxide and reducing post-weaning diarrhoea (PWD) in piglets.
The results showed the encapsulated product enabled the effective level of Zinc oxide to be reduced 30 fold, offering substantial environmental advantages to Australian pork producers.

 

2009

November 11 – 2009 – Year of achievement
Australia’s pork industry is finally enjoying better times with rising pig prices, falling grain prices and a very welcome return to profitability, a situation that’s been enhanced by some vitally important research from the Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).
Reflecting on its achievements throughout the 2008/09 year, Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell, said its work had gone a long way to reducing the industry’s costs, improving efficiency and making Australia’s pork industry more internationally competitive.
“In marked contrast to the rest of the world, where prices have remained low because of the global economic downturn and possibly consumer concerns about the H1N1 virus, Australia’s pork industry is looking forward to better times,” Dr Campbell said.

October 14 –  Pork CRC makes a Pig’s Breakfast of Award
Feeding pigs has sometimes been a fairly hit-and-miss affair, but award-winning new technology developed with Pork CRC support aims to bring precision livestock farming technology to piggeries across Australia and make pig feeding less of a pig’s breakfast.
The technology provides very precise measurement and/or control of dry feed delivery into individual pig feeders, incorporating a shut-off valve and control system to give unprecedented control for converting feed to weight gain

September 23 – Award Winning Pig Egg Cells
Vital research to reduce seasonal infertility, an ongoing problem for Australia’s pig industry, has been rewarded with a 2009 Science and Innovation Award for Michael Bertoldo, a Pork CRC supported PhD student at The University of Sydney.
Mr Bertoldo was presented with the Australian Pork Limited Award, part of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry’s Science and Innovation Awards for Young People for 2009 at a presentation dinner at Parliament House, Canberra. He also recently won the Meat and Livestock Australia Award for his presentation on oocyte quality, ‘Reduced oocyte developmental competence during the period of seasonal infertility in pigs’, at the 2009 Society for Reproductive Biology Annual Conference in Adelaide.
Mr Bertoldo’s research addresses the problem of infertility that affects approximately 5-10 per cent of sows mated during late summer and early autumn that lose their pregnancies.  “Seasonal infertility has a big economic impact on producers who are unable to maintain their usual production volumes,” Mr Bertoldo said.

July 8 – Pork CRC Board on the Road
Discussions with WA Minister for Agriculture and Food, Terry Redman and updates on Pork CRC supported projects at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) and Murdoch University were highlights of the Pork CRC Board’s recent quarterly meeting in WA. Chairman, Dr John Keniry and CEO, Dr Roger Campbell, stressed to Minister Redman how important it was that support and funding for DAFWA’s pork R&D team be maintained and how the Pork CRC valued highly the contributions of all WA-based research partners, including DAFWA, Murdoch University and WA’s APC Pork Producers’ Committee.

June 10 – APP Vaccine Breakthrough wins Award
A breakthrough vaccine delivery system against the endemic pig disease Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (APP) received the prestigious Cooperative Research Centre Association’s Award for Excellence in Innovation for 2009 in an award presentation at Parliament House, Canberra on May 26.
The APP-Alive vaccine and its revolutionary delivery system, a world first at the commercial level and developed with funding from the Pork CRC, are expected to reduce industry costs in Australia by $3-6 million a year. It will make vaccination against APP, a widespread and serious disease in domestic pigs, easier, cheaper, safer and more effective.
The award was presented to Dr Roger Campbell, CEO of the Pork CRC by Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Kim Carr and CSIRO CEO, Dr Megan Clark. Receiving the award, Dr Campbell praised the contribution of all involved in its development, saying it will have a big impact on the pig industry in Australia and overseas.

May 7  – APP Vaccine Breakthrough: A World’s First
A breakthrough vaccine delivery system will make vaccination against the endemic pig disease Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae (APP) easier, cheaper and more effective, according to leading South Australian veterinarian and piggery manager, Dr Peter McKenzie.
The APP-Alive vaccine and vaccination procedure, a world first at the commercial level, was developed with funding from Pork CRC and is expected to reduce industry costs by $3-6 million a year.

April 22 – Canola Meal Breakthrough to benefit Pork Producers
A major technological breakthrough will help pork producers use canola meal more efficiently and give them the potential to use more of it in pig feeding rations.
The breakthrough came in a joint research project conducted by Pork CRC and the Australian Oilseeds Federation and could save the industry more than $450,000 annually through using canola meal more efficiently.
Using Near Infrared (NIR) technology, the research developed rapid analysis technology to assess how well pigs digest canola meal, allowing the industry to rapidly and cheaply assess meal quality and value

April 9 – New Research Fellow To Help Pork CRC Improve Herd Feed Conversion Efficiency

Pork CRC has appointed Dr Craig Lewis as a Research Fellow working within its Program Two to improve herd feed conversion efficiency. Dr Lewis, who has migrated from the UK to Australia to work with Dr Kim Bunter at the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) located at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, will analyse the genetic associations between the voluntary feed intake of females, finisher performance and sow longevity

March 19 – New Commercialisation Manager for Pork CRC

Pork CRC has announced the appointment of Dr Rob Wilson as Manager of Commercialisation and Adoption.
Dr Wilson will maximise the opportunities and income from Pork CRC projects for the benefit of the CRC and the Australian pork industry.
He will ensure all projects are reviewed for their potential intellectual property and commercialisation opportunities. Already, all research proposals to Pork CRC must include a business plan and all researchers must focus on maximising value by delivering their findings into the ‘hands’ of pork producers
Welcoming the appointment, Pork CRC CEO, Dr Roger Campbell, said Dr Wilson’s many years of high level experience in the pork production sector would help keep the CRC on a sound commercial footing.

February 25 –  WA Agricultural Scientist Joins Pork CRC Board

Pork CRC today announced the appointment of agricultural scientist Professor John Pluske to its board. He is Director of the Animal Research Institute at one of the CRC’s core participants, Murdoch University, Western Australia and will represent Murdoch on the board.
Welcoming him to the board, Pork CRC Chairman, Dr John Keniry, said his skills and experience would further the CRC’s contribution to Australia’s pork industry.
“John’s research and work in pig nutrition, digestive physiology and gastrointestinal tract diseases will greatly benefit Pork CRC’s work in keeping Australia’s pork industry internationally competitive,” Dr Keniry said.

February 11 –  Pork CRC exceeds its Targets

Three years of innovative research has seen Pork CRC cutting the cost of pork production and enhancing the global competitiveness of Australia’s pork industry, according to Pork CRC Chairman, Dr John Keniry.
Marking Pork CRC’s Third Year Review, Dr Keniry said Pork CRC had met and, in some cases, exceeded, the targets set out for it in its Commonwealth Agreement.
Pork CRC enjoys strong support from the pork industry, which has significant influence on its strategic direction, ensuring its research is relevant and valued,Dr Keniry said.
Some industry leaders have estimated that Pork CRC is now responsible for 80 per cent of Australia’s current pork research. So, perhaps it’s little wonder that we’re seeing more industry participants in the work of the CRC, including one overseas company – Nutreco Nederland NV, he said.
In a highly competitive industry with strong cost pressures, Pork CRC research has reduced the cost of production for Australian growers by an average 30-35 cents/kg carcass weight.

 

2008

December 3 –  Pork CRC helps cut costs and push production

At a time of great challenge for the Australian pork industry, research by the Pork CRC in the last year has reduced feed costs and improved herd production efficiency and is working to improve pork’s consumer appeal.
Speaking at the release of the Pork CRC’s 2007/08 Annual Report, Pork CRC Chairman, Dr John Keniry, said the Centre’s work was vital to maintaining Australia’s strong domestic pork industry and its international competitiveness.
Among the report’s major highlights were the development of two barley varieties, two triticale varieties and a field pea, Maki, all of which will be released in 2009

October 20 – Better Cereal Supply: Better Pork Profits

Providing the maximum digestible energy for pigs at the lowest cost was a major area of research for the Pork CRC, which has recently commercialised NIRS calibrations which will be available to the industry by the end of the year.
“The NIRS calibrations will also benefit other livestock industries by identifying the energy value of grains for different animal types,” Dr Campbell said.
Pork CRC supported projects will introduce new barley, triticale and pea varieties next year, promising grain growers yield advantages and pork producers nutritional benefits

April 4 – Reap What You Sow – Danish Lessons on Pig production

A new report from Australian researcher and veterinarian, Dr Trish Holyoake, has found how one of the local pork industry’s most important competitors, Denmark, continues to forge ahead with sow productivity

January 23 – Time to alleviate Pig Seasonal Infertility

During the seasonal infertility period (summer and early autumn), sow farrowing rate typically drops by 5-10 per cent. And about half of the pregnancy loss occurs after the usual five week pregnancy check, making it difficult for producers to predict or maintain production volume and income. Recently published Pork CRC supported research at the University of Sydney indicated that parity (number of pregnancies), wean to service interval (WSI), lactation length and litter size weaned were risk factors for late pregnancy loss (LPL) in sows. Researcher Michael Bertoldo said the aim of his research was to identify gilts and sows “at-risk” of LPL