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Monthly Archives: December 2019

Transporting your pigs in extreme weather conditions

Extreme weather conditions are likely to continue across the country, meaning that producers should take extra care in the management of their pigs, particularly during transport. Ambient air temperatures above 33 degrees Celsius are an extreme threat to the welfare of pigs. As such, it is recommended that pigs are not transported at all if temperatures exceed this. If pigs are to be transported during these times, considerations need to be made as to how to avoid heat stress, including providing additional …

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ABARES Outlook 2020 conference: Practical steps to reaching $100 billion in farm output by 2030

The ABARES Outlook 2020 conference (3-4 March 2020) will explore the Practical steps to reaching $100 billion in farm output by 2030. What sectors will need to boost productivity and technology to be the farms of tomorrow? What sectors will benefit from new export markets? What national and international trends economic trends will influence fortunes? In addition to economic outlook sessions, the conference will include sessions on key industry issues such as: Drought and the grain supply chain; Farms of tomorrow; Marketing …

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Biosecurity: Get in the ‘zone’

Download a print-friendly version of this factsheet It is common practice for areas on farm sites to be categorised into one of two ‘zones’ – CLEAN and DIRTY. CLEAN zones are areas of a farm/site that contain the pigs (sheds, shelters, and free range areas), and therefore access is restricted to authorised people, vehicles, and pigs of assured biosecurity status. DIRTY zones are areas that are not CLEAN zones and are considered DIRTY because they are at risk of being contaminated …

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Spot the difference: ASF vs. swine flu

In response to many media organisations mistakenly referring to ASF as ‘swine flu’, Animal Health Australia (AHA) has recently released a factsheet clarifying the differences between African Swine Fever (ASF) and swine influenza. Download the fact sheet

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Summer lovin’: how to keep pigs comfortable as temperatures rise

Caring for pigs in summer can be challenging, with the combination of heat and increased day-length both affecting comfort. Australian Pork Limited Manager, Production Stewardship, Dr Pat Mitchell, said pigs needed to be supported to stay in their Thermal Comfort Zone. “The Thermal Comfort Zone is the temperature range in which the pig feels most comfortable,” Dr Mitchell said. “How comfortable they feel is affected by a number of factors. Interactions between air temperature, skin wetness, air movement, humidity, floor type, breed and amount and composition of diets all …

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PigPass Helpdesk Holiday hours

The PigPass Helpdesk team would like to wish you a happy and safe Christmas. Our office is closed from 25th December to 1st January inclusive. The PigPass Helpdesk will not be monitored on the public holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day) and the Helpdesk will be operated on reduced staff during all other times throughout this period. Producers should leave a voicemail during this period and a member of the PigPass team will return your call as soon …

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SA Pig Industry day – notice and invite

The SA Pig Industry Day will be held on 28th February 2020 at the Barossa Weintal, Tanunda, with the trade display opening from 10am and the seminars starting from 11am. The 2020 program will feature an African Swine Fever Forum covering prevention, preparedness and response activities at the national, state and farm level. The forum speakers include Margo Andrae, CEO APL; Dr Mary Carr, CVO SA; and Dr Kirsty Richards, SunPork. Topics on the production front will include: Sow management for …

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APL to join International Trade Remedies Forum

Imports are a fact of life in the Australian pork industry. Unfortunately, sometimes overseas producers and exporters can act unscrupulously by lowering their export sales prices to below the cost of production in their home market. This is known as ‘dumping’ and can damage local industry through unfair competition. As this practice is forbidden under World Trade Organization rules, Australia maintains an anti-dumping system to identify when dumping occurs, then take measures to prevent or offset it. The Australian pork …

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Save the date: Climate and Carbon in Agriculture 2020

As primary industries are presented with a range of challenges in the face of a variable climate, it leaves many asking, what are the facts, what is being done, and what can we do? These are the issues that speakers from across Australia and the world will be exploring at the CRSPI Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 31 March – 1 April 2020. The overarching goal for CRSPI is to increase industry resilience and preparedness to adapt to our …

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Changes to trespass tactics of animal activists

APL has been informed by the Queensland Police that there has been an increase in the audacity and sophistication of trespass and other crimes by animal activists. Producers are advised to consider CCTV cameras or other security measures to deter activists or assist with the apprehension of those who do trespass on private property. What can you do? If you believe a crime has been committed on your property, please report it to the police. If it is an …

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New Visa Categories Expand Options for Skilled Workers from Overseas

On November 16, 2019 three new skilled worker visas became available for businesses wanting to sponsor overseas workers. The three new visas are: a) Skilled Employer Sponsored Regional (Provisional) Visa (Subclass 494), which replaces the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme Visa (Subclass 187) Direct Entry Stream. b)  Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) Visa, which is a visa for skilled people nominated by a state or territory government to live and work in regional Australia. c) Subclass 191 Permanent Residence (Skilled Regional), which replaces the Subclass 887 Visa. The 494 Visa validity …

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Revised cost recovery fees and charges for imports

The Department of Agriculture is expanding the range of cost-recovered import measures that support Australia’s biosecurity system. These changes follow consideration of the report of the Biosecurity Imports Levy Industry Steering Committee. The committee supported increasing the breadth of activities the department can cost recover through fees and charges. This will help to ensure fairer and more sustainable funding into the future. The new cost-recovery activities will more accurately reflect the cost of import activities that underpin international trade, revising current tax-payer-funded arrangements. Cost-recovered activities will be expanded to include …

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[closed] 2020 Roseworthy ‘Science and Practice of Pig Production’ course registrations

APL will once again be supporting industry attendance at the “Science and Practice of Pig Production” course, to be held at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy Campus between February 3 and February 14 2020. APL will cover the costs of travel and accommodation, and subsidise course registration for the first interested 15 producers or their staff; attendees will have to cover the remaining $350 of their course registration. The popular course covers everything about pork production, plus the latest technologies and information …

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Tickets selling fast for evokeAG 2020

Tickets to evokeAG are selling fast. The programme is available and aims to inspire, challenge and transform the way we think about food and farming into the future. Discounted primary producer tickets are available and the organising team at AgriFutures encourages you to secure your seat to the two-day event before Christmas. APL is a partner of the evokeAG Future Young Leaders programme. Read more about the evokeAG 2020 Future Young Leaders from the links below. Leesa Chen George Stacy Dr Caitlin Vayro

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Who does what in an ASF response?

APL CEO Margo Andrae and Animal Health Australia (AHA) CEO Kathleen Ploughman recently discussed the roles and responsibilities of APL and AHA prior to and during an ASF outbreak. In August 2019, APL produced a fact sheet with answers to frequently asked questions by small or heritage producers about ASF, which also addresses what happens in an incursion. AHA has recently released an ASF-specific valuation and compensation in an EAD response factsheet in response to requests for more specific information on this …

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