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Intensive Animal Industries Symposium
A R A NGE of delegates and international ex- perts in the field of environmental manage- ment of intensive ani- mal industries attended a recent Intensive Ani- mal Industries Sympo- sium hosted by Agri- culture Victoria at La Trobe University to dis- cuss science and policy.
Important learnings discussed at the sympo- sium included:
• Animal effluent is not ‘waste’, it is a resource and a valuable one.
• Technology such as aerobic digestion, biogas and nutrient recovery methods continue to ad- vance, making nutrient and energy recovery more and more viable for farm- ers internationally.
• There is much value to be gained from inten- sive animal industries collaborating to share sci- ence, skills and policy as all industries face similar environmental and policy challenges.
• Nutrient management is an increasingly impor- tant challenge of science and policy, with the im-
mediate need to protect soil and water resources from nitrification.
Once again, the inter- est in the environmental technologies the Austral- ian pork industry is in- vesting in was evident.
APL represented the pork industry at this event, with Grantley Butterfield, APL Policy Manager – Planning and Environment presenting an overview of the indus- try and some of the exist- ing and future opportuni- ties and challenges to the symposium delegates.
Opportunities raised in- cluded the rising demand for protein worldwide and the appetite for pork in Australia.
Some of the challeng- es raised included the perceptions of different production systems, the market and biosecurity implications of imports into the Australian pro- cessed pork market and the policy challenges in the planning system. Michelle Randall
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China warns pig trade
against African swine
fever cover-ups as
Taiwan concerns grow
CHINA has warned the country’s pork industry that cover- ing up cases of Af- rican swine fever is a crime, days after a dead pig was found on a Taiwanese beach, prompting Taipei to claim Beijing was not sharing accurate in- formation on the dis- ease.
China’s animal hus- bandry and veterinary affairs bureau is step- ping up investigation and punishment of il- legal activity in the pig industry, according to a statement recently pub- lished on the Ministry of Agriculture and Ru- ral Affairs website.
Failing to report deaths and privately slaughtering and sell- ing sick or dead pigs would be pursued un- der criminal law, it said, and compensation of 1200 yuan ($A245) for each pig culled was sufficient incentive for farmers to report the disease.
In the worst epidem- ic of the disease ever seen, China has con- firmed about 100 cases of African swine fever across 23 provinces since August last year.
The disease, for which there is neither cure nor vaccine, is deadly to pigs but does not harm people.
But many experts be- lieve it is even worse than has been reported,
and Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen urged Beijing last month to “not conceal” informa- tion about the disease.
Tsai raised the issue again in a New Year’s speech after a dead pig was found on a beach on Taiwan’s Kinmen island, a half-hour fer- ry ride from the east coast of China.
The pig has since been confirmed to have the African swine fever virus, while another dead pig was found on a nearby island days later, Taiwan’s official Central News Agency reported.
China has repeatedly said the disease has been effectively dealt with and is under con- trol.
The Ministry of Ag- riculture and Rural Affairs did not imme- diately respond to a fax seeking comment recently.
The dead animals found on the Taiwan- ese islands have stoked fears that Taiwan’s pigs could soon become in- fected with the disease.
Taiwan’s herd of 5.39 million pigs is tiny compared with China’s 700 million, but pork is the most popular meat in both places and domestic produc- tion in Taiwan reduces its need for imports of the staple meat.
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