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Sharon Starrick
Eric Thornton
Helen Fletcher Jeremy Whitby Tim Kingma Dale Pemberton
Dale Pemberton accepts seat on APIQPPanel
Berkshire outdoor breeding herd
Due to ill health we are selling our herd.
• 39 sows, joined or with piglets at foot • 13 joined gilts
• 11 retained unmated gilts
• 6 boars
Located near Wangaratta in Victoria.
Phone 03 5727 6024
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MR Dale Pemberton has been appointed to the APIQP Panel as the specialist supply chain representative.
Dale is the National Livestock Manager for Coles Supermarkets.
Dale’s role includes managing Coles’ livestock procurement for the Coles pork and lamb species.
The vacancy on the APIQP Panel came with the resignation of Mr Rob Cumine, who returned to Wales for family and to manage his growing high- quality Wagyu beef busi- ness.
The APIQPPanel was first established in 2007 as a panel of experts in- dependent of the APL Board, the APL Board Quality Assurance and Animal Welfare Commit-
tee, APIQ auditors and APIQ Management.
This allows it to make assessments and rul- ings in regard to an in- dividual or organisation’s performance against the prescribed standards and performance indicators in the APIQP program.
The Panel:
• Routinely reviews the program, standards and policies and recommends improvements for indus- try consideration.
• Determines courses of action where incidences of misconduct, non-per- formance of duties or conflict of interest are alleged, or where other unidentified events of a critical nature occur.
• Makes decisions on incidences and situations that are outside the scope
of APIQM and when deci- sions need to be at arm’s length to APIQM.
The Panel consists of five or six specialists:
• An intensive livestock veterinarian.
• An independent spe- cialist auditor (preferably with an intensive farming background).
• One or two independ- ent producers (but not APL producer-elected Board directors).
• A representative nomi- nated by the APL Board, who serves as chair.
• An individual from the supply chain (such as a customer representative).
Panel members serve a two or three-year term with options for contin- ued service where they’re available and invited by the APL Board.
Since inception there has been an informal ro- tation of Panel members as life circumstances for individuals change.
When a vacancy opens, APIQ Management, under the direction of the APL Board, calls for applica- tions from across industry to fill the specific role vacated.
Applications and re- sumes are received, in- terviews conducted and a suitable candidate nomi- nated by a selection com- mittee to the APL Board for approval.
As of January 2018, Pan- el members are as follows. Mrs Sharon Starrick – Panel chair
Sharon is a mixed farm- er, including pigs, from South Australia.
She has been the Panel
chair since October 2013 and has served as the pro- ducer representative since establishment of the Panel in 2010.
Sharon serves rural in- dustry in several capaci- ties including as a Board member of Animal Health Australia and as the chair of the Rural Business Support Organisation in South Australia.
Dr Eric Thornton – in- tensive livestock veteri- narian
Eric is a Victorian-based veterinarian, viticulturist and livestock producer with many years’ expe- rience in intensive agri- culture as well as in the processing sector.
Eric has served on the Panel since its establish- ment in 2010.
Mrs Helen Fletcher – independent specialist auditor
Helen has worked as a quality systems manager and consultant for several organisations, including pig producers.
Helen has managed in- ternal audit processes for ISO, APIQ, HACCP, SQF and Yum.
She has covered a range of agricultural industries including piggeries, eggs, feed mills, poultry and egg processing.
Helen has served on the Panel since 2010.
Mr Jeremy Whitby – pig producer
Jeremy is an owner in Queensland National Pork Holdings, a multi-site pork production operation.
Jeremy believes quality assurance programs are essential tools in manag-
ing production systems and that they will become more important in future.
Jeremy has served on the Panel since 2013.
Mr Tim Kingma – pig producer
Tim is a Victorian pig producer who owns and manages a 1400-sow far- row to finish operation on two sites.
Tim oversees and imple- ments the business quality assurance program.
He is passionate about the pig industry and is involved in the industry at a state and national level.
Tim is also the president of the VFF Pig Group and has served on the Panel since 2013.
Mr Dale Pemberton – supply chain specialist
Dale joined the Panel in January 2018.
Dale is the National Livestock Manager for Coles Supermarkets.
His role includes man- aging livestock procure- ment for the Coles pork and lamb species and he has been involved in the livestock supply chain for over 30 years.
Dale’s appointment continues to demonstrate Coles’ commitment to the pig industry and the APIQPprogram.
The Panel has proven its value over time as it has dealt with situations, reviewed policies and standards and made rec- ommendations for im- provement to A PIQP.
Past and present Panel members are thanked for their committed and val- ued service to the indus- try.
Results are based on typical progeny growth performance achieved using Primegro Genetics grown under a high health environment and fed using the Rivalea Nutritional Program.
Future of agriculture takes shape in Berlin
STRONG and demon- strable sustainability and welfare credentials will be critical to Aus- tralia’s world-leading livestock and meat in- dustries in the future.
Livestock was the theme of the 10th Glob- al Forum for Food and Agriculture held over the weekend in Berlin and Australia’s repre- sentative Assistant Min- ister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said discussions left no doubt about the increasing demand for more sustainable use of natural resources in livestock production and higher animal wel- fare standards.
“Australia is a world leader in livestock farm- ing,” Minister Ruston said.
“Our livestock indus- tries are productive, profitable, sustainable and subject to some of
the highest animal health and welfare standards in the world.
“Our farmers are great innovators, and our livestock and livestock products are in consid- erable demand all over the world.
“Australia’s edge in competitiveness rests with the high quality of our livestock and live- stock products and our unrivalled biosecurity status.
“Farmers will also need to be able to dem- onstrate the strongest possible environmental sustainability and ani- mal welfare credentials to ensure future market access – industry must develop effective and unique ways to do this, and innovation will be critical here too.”
Minister Ruston also represented Australia at the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Conference
as part of the GFFA.
“It was an invaluable opportunity for Aus- tralia to play its role in shaping the future of global agriculture,”
Minister Ruston said. “The conference is the largest of its type in the world, this year attended by more than 80 agricul-
tural ministers. “Australia has much
expertise and experi- ence to offer, but there’s much we can learn as well – we must continue to innovate and improve.
“The event was also an opportunity for Austral- ia’s world-leading ag- riculture sector to take the international centre stage and demonstrate how we’re ideally placed to help meet challenges such as feeding a grow- ing world population and the increased move- ment of people, animals and products around the globe.”

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