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Monthly Archives: May 2020

African Swine Fever Ready Webinars

The Victorian Farmers Federation pig committee, supported by Australian Pork Limited and Agriculture Victoria, is hosting a series of free webinars for producers. Designed to inform and prepare for ASF, the webinars will be held on 16 June, 23 June and 30 June, from 2pm-3pm.  Register for the webinar or email pigs@vff.org.au 2pm 16 June 2020: African Swine Fever Ready Current Global ASF Pandemic – Dr David Williams, CSIRO Economic Impact of ASF – Dr Lechelle van Breda, APL 2pm 23 June 2020: On Farm Biosecurity …

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CEO Message – 29 May 2020

Discussion with producers in the past week has provided a chance to reflect on the COVID-19 hurdles we’ve been busily navigating in recent months. The APL team has played key roles throughout the pandemic, including many instrumental efforts behind the scenes, all of which have confirmed the importance of industry-wide collaboration in the face of supply chain emergencies. In simple terms the disruption to our markets left us with 10,000 processed pigs a week which needed to be urgently redirected. APL listened …

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CEO’s Message – 22 May 2020

The pork industry’s ongoing support for our foodservice partners will be critical as COVID-19 restrictions ease and restaurants, cafes and pubs resume trade in the coming weeks. That support for restaurants, butchers and other outlets selling Australian pork was central to the message in a short social media video from SA pork producer and Animal Health Australia chair Sharon Starick, published by APL this week. Telling our producers’ proud story and the highlighting the imperatives of buying Australian pork to support Australian jobs …

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What could a post-COVID future look like for the meat industry?

Today, the International Meat Secretariat (IMS) hosted a presentation from an amazing guest speaker, futurist Melissa Clark-Reynolds. Melissa is a foresight practitioner with global experience, a technology entrepreneur as well as a Director of Beef + Lamb New Zealand. The APL marketing team has been working closely with the International Meat Secretariat (IMS) in recent months to collate and share global insights around the meat industry’s response to COVID-19. You can view the presentation below to see Melissa Clark-Reynolds share what she thinks a post-COVID-19 …

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APL Strategic Plan ‘virtual roadshow’

Following the positive response and encouragement at last week’s Delegates meeting regarding APL’s 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, members can now view a ‘virtual roadshow’ video presented by APL CEO Margo Andrae. Given COVID-19 restrictions prevent the face-to-face presentation to industry, please watch the video presentation below.

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Webinar: Gestational precision feeding

A webinar this Monday (25 May 2020) will give producers insight into how precision feeding sows during gestation can improve productivity. Professor Ron Ball will share his findings, which include increased piglet birth weight and subsequent growth rates, plus improved reproductive performance and longevity of the sow. Prof Ball has spent 15 years researching the changing essential amino acid and energy requirements during sow gestation, including APL-funded research at Bailey Creek Pork in Australia and research at Kansas State and South Dakota …

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Pork producers leading feral pig response in WA

WA’s pork industry is targeting southern feral pig populations encroaching on pig production districts in efforts to defend itself from African swine fever and other biosecurity risks. Australian Pork Limited CEO Margo Andrae said protecting the nation’s $5.3 billion pork industry from the threat of ASF required vigilance with regard to the potential arrival of ASF via illegally imported infected pig meat and subsequent transmission to feral pigs in southern Australia. “In terms of the risk management we’re doing for the potential arrival of ASF in Australia, we know its inadvertent …

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Take the night off and support your local

Take a break from cooking and support your local restaurants by joining today’s National Takeaway Day celebrations. Australian Pork Limited CEO, Margo Andrae, said the pork industry was keenly supporting the Restaurant and Catering Association of Australia initiative, which is part of the ongoing #EatAloneTogether campaign in support of the foodservice industry. “Australian foodservice businesses have been severely impacted by COVID-19. Today’s National Takeaway Day initiative is a great way we can all show our ongoing support for our favourite local restaurants and their employees,” Ms Andrae said. “It’s important we …

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CEO Message – 15 May 2020

The challenges and opportunities of COVID-19 continue to dominate the business outlook for Australia’s pork producers. This week’s stabilising pig indicator prices and signals of easing grain prices are particularly welcome given the mounting pressure on farmgate profitability in recent weeks. As confirmed during this week’s APL Board and Delegates meetings, our team remains steadfast in our focus to ensure Australian pork emerges strongly over the coming months across all marketplaces. The staggered resumption of foodservices across Australia this week is a key step …

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Producer Consultations on Draft Ractopamine-free Assurance Program

On Friday 8 May, APL held consultations with producers on a draft ractopamine-free assurance scheme to support our China market access program. We are still receiving producer views via a survey which will be open until Wednesday 20 May 2020. Share your views on the program For more information about the proposed program, refer to the background brief on the Ractopamine-free Supply Chain Management Plan and its supplementary Hazards and Controls attachment. A recording of the consultation webinar can be obtained from APL on request. …

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Growing market share throughout COVID-19

APL chair Andrew Baxter’s regular column in The Australian has this week looked at how the COVID-19 pandemic will force significant changes in brand marketing, with a number of compelling points for any consumer-facing business or industry.  Read more on his website.

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CEO Update – 8 May 2020

The downward pressure on pig prices due to COVID-19 continues to concern the entire industry, especially producers whose established selling avenues are suspended. APL’s highest priority is to support producers, not just in terms of their profitability but also their wellbeing. COVID-19 has created a lot of noise across industry, government and the community, but I can assure all producers that your concerns are being heard by APL and acted on. News today regarding the revision of COVID-19 isolation measures for restaurants …

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APL webinar recording: Changes to the Pastoral Award 2010

APL hosted a webinar information session and Q&A on Tuesday 5 May with National Farmers Federation’s General Manager of Workplace Relations and Legal Affairs, Mr Ben Rogers, in relation to recent changes in the Pastoral Award 2010. As of March 2020, employers and employees are able to agree in writing for the employee to be paid an annualised wage or a salary instead of being paid an hourly rate. Additionally, a meal allowance must be now be paid for employees working overtime. …

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Maintaining stockperson productivity

Part three of a three-part series on potential business improvement opportunities from R&I, originally written by Peter Haydon for Australian Pork Newspaper As mentioned in April’s APN article, the research team continue to focus on finding ways to reduce production costs, keep our farms safe, and improve our license to operate. In a time where it’s difficult to get any news that’s not related to COVID-19, we thought we’d put together an update on some of the things the R&I team …

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Increasing revenue through abattoir feedback

Part two of a three-part series on potential business improvement opportunities from R&I, originally written by Peter Haydon for Australian Pork Newspaper As mentioned in April’s APN article, the research team continue to focus on finding ways to reduce production costs, keep our farms safe, and improve our license to operate. In a time where it’s difficult to get any news that’s not related to COVID-19, we thought we’d put together an update on some of the things the R&I team …

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