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Monthly Archives: June 2020

‘Tis the other season to be jolly

The temperature has dropped, the restrictions are lifting, so now’s the perfect time to prepare for Christmas in July. 2020 has been a difficult year for many, so it’s time to find the joy, gather your loved ones or housemates and serve up a crackling-crusted roast pork. Australian Pork Limited CEO, Margo Andrae, said any time is a good time to get some pork on your fork, but faux festivities could bring much-needed light relief this year. “While we don’t always celebrate the arrival of winter in Australia, this …

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Strengthened biosecurity penalties

APL welcomes proposed amendments to the Biosecurity Act 2015 to strengthen biosecurity penalties, which was introduced into the House of Representatives last week. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said the Biosecurity Amendment (Traveller Declarations and Other Measures) Bill 2020 reflected the need to be vigilant to protect Australia from an ever-increasing number of pests and diseases that threaten Australian agriculture. “Diseases such as African swine fever would be devastating for our pork industry, as well as threaten our trade, environment and economy …

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Further Improvements to Singapore Market Access

APL has been advised that the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) has determined that the use of Improvac as a form of immunocastration has no food safety risks and is removing its restriction on the use of Improvac for imports of chilled pork. Removal of the restriction has been requested by producers and is a longstanding APL market access goal. We are working with the Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment (DAWE) to release a Market Access Advice with updated …

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National surveillance study – the choice to opt out

Veterinarians use antimicrobials “as little as possible, as much as necessary” to ensure that the health and welfare of the pig is not compromised throughout its life. In 2015 we showed that Australia’s favourable low antimicrobial resistance status is advantageous for increasing consumer confidence. One way that the industry can continue to demonstrate our good animal management practices is by providing hard, science-based evidence. APL is completing an antimicrobial resistance surveillance study funded with support from the Australian Government Department of …

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Co-operative conversations shares stories from the farming frontline

A new online series, Co-operative Conversations, will feature farmers addressing issues in farming and looking at how to future-proof family farms. The series began this week at with renowned agricultural journalist, Pete Lewis, hosting the conversations with producers. It will look at the co-operative business model in the face of a challenge or crisis, where it does and doesn’t succeed, plus how relevant and transformational it can be. The stories and more can be found on their website The project is supported by the Department …

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Producers key to safe and effective agvet chemicals

The federal body responsible for agricultural and veterinary chemical products is calling on producers for help. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) wants producers and suppliers to report adverse effects and non-compliant or unregistered products. Adverse experience An adverse experience may involve: Risks to safety in animalsRisks to safety in humans using or exposed to the product/sLack of efficacy, when the correct label dose is usedOther unintended or unexpected side effects You can report adverse experiences, including those where a product has been used …

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Maher takes up national feral pig fight

Experienced agribusiness leader, John Maher, has been confirmed as the Chair of the Steering Group leading the development of the National Feral Pig Action Plan. As Chair, Mr Maher will play an active role working with program coordinator, Dr Heather Channon, and a wide range of stakeholders to deliver a preliminary National Feral Pig Action Plan to the Federal Department of Agriculture by January 2021. The $1.4 million Federal Government initiative, overseen by Australian Pork Ltd, is developing a national framework for feral pig management. APL …

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Going for gold in flavour, consistency and pleasure

Article originally written by Peter Haydon for Australian Pork Newspaper It has long been established that the competitiveness of Australian pork at an international level will have to be within premium niche markets. Our higher production costs require that for the most part. Premiums can be justified by product benefits, provenance stories or both. Recent research was conducted into creating a premium product through an improved pork flavour profile. Spanish Iberico pork is highly valued for its taste and quality. It has been shown these can be attributed …

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APL’s new teams address producer feedback

Article originally written by Peter Haydon for Australian Pork Newspaper Consultation on the new Australian Pork Limited Strategic Plan was polarising amongst many producers.  It was different, some said challenging, others said it sucked.  However, doing things differently did prove insightful in a number of ways. It highlighted APL is on the right track with some of our efforts, with more to be done in other areas. The new strategy comes into effect from July and to support the new strategic pillars, or key themes, we’ve made …

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Mixed blessings but no panic during pandemic

Editorial by APL CEO, Margo Andrae, for Australian Pork Newspaper One of the many mixed blessings of COVID-19 has been the unified way Australian agriculture has worked together throughout the pandemic. Australian Pork Ltd and state pork producer representatives, in conjunction with state farming organisations, have been participating in high-level work with the National Farmers’ Federation and the Federal Government to ensure the business of farming and agricultural supply chains have not been needlessly impacted by lock-down measures. We should not be complacent about the importance of …

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Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy webinar

On Wednesday 3 June, APL hosted a webinar for producers, describing the animal health surveillance, disease detection and indigenous training activities undertaken by the Northern Australia Quarantine Strategy (NAQS). As ASF was recently confirmed in Papua New Guinea, this is a timely opportunity for producers to better understand NAQS’s activities. For more information, or to access the webinar recording, please email Dr Heather Channon, National Feral Pig Management Co-ordinator.

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CEO message – 5 June 2020

The Australian pork industry is uniquely placed to leverage renewed consumer support for ‘Australian Made’ products. Typically $17 million worth of imported pork, about 4000 tonnes, arrives in Australia each week to be heat-treated, processed and sold in competition with smallgoods made with Australian pork. And whereas ABARES has confirmed that Australian farmers are some of the least subsidised in the world, imported pigmeat is sourced from countries in Europe and North America where farmers have access to much higher subsidies. The availability of surplus Australian pigmeat due …

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Pork industry pivots as foodservice renewal begins

Throughout COVID-19 the Australian pork industry has been working to support hospitality workers via Hospo4Hopso, but as restaurants reopen, the initiative is not ending, it’s pivoting. The Australian pork industry launched Hospo4Hospo in March, partnering with restaurants around the country to offer hospitality workers free pork meals, a smile and socially distanced chat, but from today, the initiative will provide pork to venues as they reopen. Australian Pork Limited (APL) CEO, Margo Andrae, said while COVID-19 restrictions were easing, the foodservice sector has had a tough few months and …

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