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areas it has never been be- fore by encouraging fresh, game-changing ideas from incumbent and new researchers and harness- ing a new wave of scien- tific power.
“One of the ways the APRIL board has agreed to do this is by identify- ing and engaging with a previously untapped pool of talent and bringing new and creative thinking into the pork R&D space to in- crease speed of discovery and delivery of profitable outcomes,” Mr Mutton said.
Pork CRC CEO Roger Campbell agreed, invit- ing researchers to apply if they thought they could dramatically improve sow reproduction, for example, or lift the inherent feed efficiency of grower pigs.
“The same invite goes out to anyone with new ideas on how to reduce Australia’s reliance on global grains and soybean meal to reduce feed costs, or those with thoughts on how best to reduce antibi- otic use and antimicrobial resistance,” Dr Campbell said.
APRIL is also interested in cost-effective engineer- ing and precision farming technologies applicable to the pork industry.
Dr Campbell said the Australasian pork indus- try had a globally ac- knowledged track record in terms of the adoption of new technologies and ideas, but in an increas- ingly competitive global market it had to be one of the best, if not the best, in the world.
“Our challenges are ob- vious and they will all respond to high-quality research, but this has to be cutting edge if we are to ensure sustainability and profitability of our indus- try,” he said.
“We have some great scientists, but we’re now looking outside the room for researchers who may not have previously con- sidered the pork industry, but who are good thinkers and who have new tech- nologies and ideas that could be applicable to the pork industry.
“It is going to be an ex- citing journey, so come along for the ride if you have something positive to offer.”
Details can be accessed from the APRIL link on Pork CRC’s website www.
AUSTRALASIAN Pork Research Institute Limit- ed recently made its first call for research propos- als to markedly enhance the competiveness and sustainability of the Aus- tralasian pork industry.
APRIL, which replaces the Cooperative Research Centre for High Integ- rity Australian Pork, is fully member based with an initial investment in 2018-2019 approaching $3 million, and is actively seeking new science and
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Pork CRC and APRIL Chair Dennis Mutton is determined to drive Aus- tralia’s pork industry into
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