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Monthly Archives: March 2020

Biosecurity vigilance to stop ASF spread to Australia

AUSTRALIAN pork producers remain on alert following confirmation this week the deadly virus African swine fever (ASF) has caused the death of hundreds of pigs in Papua New Guinea. PNG officials, who confirmed that samples from the affected Southern Highlands pigs were sent to Australia and returned positive for ASF, are now investigating how the virus spread to the region, including the possibility of transmission via imported canned food. Australian Pork Ltd CEO Margo Andrae said the detection of ASF in PNG reinforced the importance of the ongoing …

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Letter to the editor: Support for local butchers crucial

To the editor, Some very encouraging news amid the COVID-19 pandemic is that butchers remain open for business. In exceptional times like these, our national food supply is a fundamental priority and Australians know that butchers aren’t just an important service, they’re an essential service. When retail support is so critical, there’s no easier way to help a small business than to stop by your local butcher and pick up something for dinner. You’ll be helping a small business operator, their employees and their …

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Australian pig industry supports hospitality staff

Sydney distribution After a devastating week for the foodservice industry, tonight a new Hospo4Hospo initiative launches in Sydney to give hospitality workers a glimmer of hope. Australian pig farmers and the pork industry are partnering with restaurants to deliver free pork meals for hospitality workers, many of whom lost their jobs after COVID-19 measures forced many restaurants, pubs and clubs to close their doors. Mitch Edwards oversees the Australian Pork Limited foodservice programs said Hospo4Hospo was about offering support, but also hope. “It’s been a hugely challenging and confronting time for the …

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Quick links to government support for businesses and households impacted by CoVID-19

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash (the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business) has provided the following links to the measures available to small and medium businesses, sole traders and households under the $189 billion economic support package announced by the Prime Minister. Business.gov.au support line: 13 28 46 Small or medium business with reduced cash flow? Here’s what we’re doing to boost your cash flow.   Is your business financially distressed? This is what we’re doing to support you. Assisting the economic recovery Here’s how we’ll support you to grow. Employ an apprentice or trainee? This support is for you. Are you a sole trader …

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Australian ham and bacon trial postponed

Due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, APL has made the tough decision to postpone the Australian ham and bacon advertising trial. The trial commenced in Adelaide in February to raise awareness that the majority of ham and bacon is made from imported pork and this message remains important. However, it would have been lost in the current climate, especially as consumers are not behaving or shopping as they normally would, which would affect the trial as we tried to monitor results. We …

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Go online to have your say on biodiversity certification

Online consultations have begun this week for the National Farmers Federation’s Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Trial. The first forum, held yesterday for Western Australia, included 30 participants from farmers to academic, agricultural and natural resource management organisation’s representatives. The impacts of COVID-19 are being widely felt across all agricultural activities and farm groups, and the scheme trial consultative process has not been immune,” NFF CEO Tony Mahar said. “Face to face meetings have been cancelled and online forums and webinars are being …

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CoVID-19 update for producers (24 March 2020)

Australian Pork Limited is active on several fronts in response to the rapidly evolving impact of COVID-19. APL is committed to ensuring Australian pig producers and the wider pork industry are best placed to respond to the unfolding situation. We are encouraged by assurances from Federal and State jurisdictions that agricultural supply chains, as ‘essential services’, will remain operational during any shut-down period. Nonetheless we will maintain a vigilant watching brief on anything which may compromise producer and processor operations. APL is …

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More moisture-infused pork in stores

More moisture infused pork products are now on shelves, to help people serve up perfect pork. Mouth-watering ginger maple steak, cooked from moisture-infused product Retailers have added new moisture-infused pork products to their in-store ranges, with an aim of improving eating quality. General Manager of Marketing, Peter Haydon, said he expected some consumer questions about the new products and it was a good opportunity to talk about great-tasting Australian pork. “Savvy consumers will notice the new products on supermarket shelves,” Mr Haydon said. “The moisture …

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Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and your workforce guide

APL has developed a document to provide general guidance to assist pig producers to plan for and mitigate the risks posed by CoVID-19 to their employees, their business, animal welfare and the supply of pork products to the community.These guidelines have been prepared to help the pig industry prepare for and manage the impacts of the CoVID-19 pandemic.They are designed as prompts to consider strategies aimed at: protecting the health and safety of your employees, their families and broader communityensuring the …

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ASF webinar now available: Key learnings from the UK

Ms Lauren Dimmack, Health and Welfare Scientist from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board held a webinar on 16 March 2020 to provide producers with a European ASF update, focusing on key lessons learnt from FMD including particular aspects of destruction, disposal and decontamination and how this has informed ASF preparedness and planning in the UK. Access the recording in the membership portal

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2020 Australian Pork Industry Leadership Program cancelled

The 2020 Australian Pork Industry Leadership Program has unfortunately been cancelled. With COVID-19 affecting all travel for an undefined period of time, there are no guarantees around domestic and international travel. An essential part of the program is the trip to Denmark (usually in October). Even if travel restrictions have lifted by then, quarantine periods upon entry into Europe or upon return to Australia may make the length of time away from work unreasonable to the chosen participants, and there is, of …

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Pork supply secure, call to support foodservice trade

Australia’s pork industry is well placed to continue to meet customer demand in the coming weeks, despite the market disruptions caused by COVID-19. Australian Pork Limited CEO, Margo Andrae, said while the restaurant trade was experiencing a sharp downturn, producers were meeting increased demand at supermarkets and butchers. APL CEO Margo Andrae “Pork plays a significant role in meeting our national food needs. On average each Australian eats more than 10 kilograms of fresh, locally produced pork every year,” Ms Andrae said. “Despite the …

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Potential impacts of Coronavirus

Australian Pork Limited is working with our producer members and other supply chain stakeholders to ensure our industry is prepared for the potential impacts of Coronavirus and to minimise risks of disruption to supply, operations and our workforce. What is Coronavirus? Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a viral disease, which can cause illness in humans and is spread through: Close contact with an infectious personContact with droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneezeTouching objects or surfaces that have cough or sneeze droplets from an infected person, and then …

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** POSTPONED ** ASF Preparedness Forum & Pork Section Annual Meeting

NSW Farmers’ Pork Annual meeting and industry forum which was scheduled for Wednesday, 8 April 2020 at the Carriage House Motor Inn, Wagga Wagga NSW, will be postponed until further notice. NSW Farmers takes the health and safety of its members and industry associates seriously, and at this time has decided to postpone this event. Further information: Jennifer Shillabeer, NSW farmers 02 9478 1085shillabeerj@nswfarmers.org.au

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VFF ‘ASF – are you ready’ event POSTPONED

VFF have advised that the ‘ASF – are you ready’ workshop and dinner scheduled for Tuesday 17th March in Bendigo will be POSTPONED and rescheduled for a later date as a result of the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. As an industry that understands the importance of good biosecurity practices to protect our animals, families, employees and ultimately our businesses, we have an obligation to reduce the risk of anything that may impact on these areas. The VFF have been monitoring the Government’s advice, including …

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