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APSA 2019 Conference program announced
Australasian Pig Science Association (Inc)
APSA 2019
Adelaide, Australia
17th - 20th November 2019
Mark these dates in your calendar
17th - 20TH November 2019 The Australasian Pig Science Association
is pleased to announce that
the 2019 APSA Biennial Conference will be held at the
Adelaide, SA, Australia
17th to 20TH November 2019.
Submissions for the International Travel Scholarship and Extended Abstracts                       
Visit the website for more details
PLANNING for the Australasian Pig Science Association 17th bien- nial conference is well under way and will be held from November 17- 20, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide.
The organising commit- tee believes the confer- ence program will be a fitting way to celebrate the Year of the Pig and showcase the work of both Australasian and inter- national pig researchers.
From humble begin- nings with the first APSA conference being held in 1987 in the NSW regional town of Albury, APSA conferences have truly become international sci- entific forums.
The 2019 conference is set to continue this tradi- tion.
The APSA conference will once again com- mence with the presenta- tion of the A.C. Dunkin Memorial Lecture on the Sunday evening.
The A.C. Dunkin Me- morial Lecture is deliv- ered to inspire, encourage thought and give members of the pig science com- munity the opportunity to reflect upon their con- tributions to pig science and the overall contribu- tion of pork production to sustaining the global community.
The Committee is pleased to announce the 17th APSA conference A.C. Dunkin Memorial Lecture will be presented by Dr R. Dean Boyd.
Dr Boyd is the former technical leader for the Hanor Company and Tri- umph Foods group (2002- 2017) and with his team, managed the nutrition program for 90,000 sows and 2.45 million pigs.
Dr Boyd’s research has led to a better understand- ing of energy and amino acid nutrition, ingredi- ent mitigation of disease stress on growth, and the profound lifetime effects
of low weaning age.
He has published more than 200 scientific pa- pers in scholarly journals, book chapters and confer- ence papers and in 2016 received the Animal Nu- trition Research Award for distinguished contri-
Dr Boyd is suitably qual-
ified to present a perspec- tive on the most signifi- cant scientific innovations in pig production from the past, at present and into the future.
Rapid advances in tech- nologies within agricul- ture look set to disrupt modern practices and pro- vide producers a greater volume of information on their livestock.
However, we need to ensure those technologies don’t create information overload, but rather pro- vide producers with the ability to monitor their livestock and make real- time decisions.
An exciting symposium will be delivered on tech- nological innovations for the pork industry.
Prof Mark Hutchinson from the University of Adelaide will be present- ing on the potential of technologies delivering objective measures of the brain, immune, gut and reproductive systems.
Asst Prof Tomas Nor- ton from KU Leuven is a leading authority in the use and development of precision livestock farm- ing technologies in Eu- rope.
He will present on the future of PLF technol- ogies in Europe and in particular, PLF technol- ogies for the measurement of welfare, disease and production.
Chris Piotrowski from Aunir will present on NIR handheld technology, ad- vances in NIR technology for meat quality with the Iberian pig, and calibra- tion, development and the application of handheld
devices for grain assess- ment.
Dr Mike Tokach from Kansas State University, named among the 50 peo- ple who have made the greatest impact in the US swine industry in the past 50 years, will present a review on the nutrient re- quirements, with an em- phasis on amino acids, of the modern high-produc- ing lactating sow.
Dr Clay Lents from the US Department of Ag- riculture’s Agricultural Research Service will discuss neuro-endocrine control of reproduction with an emphasis on im- proving productivity and reducing the impact of seasonal infertility.
Prof Carol Bagnell from Rutgers University will present a review on ma- ternal programming of development and the lac- tocrine hypothesis.
Dr Kristy DiGiacomo from the University of Melbourne will present a review on insect meal as an alternative feed ingre- dient, while internation- ally recognised meat sci- entist Prof Robyn Warner from the University of Melbourne will present a review on alternative sources of protein for hu- man consumption.
Rounding out the invited speakers is Dr Steve Little from Capacity+ Ag Con- sulting who will present a review on the importance of water quality and its impact on pharmacoki- netics given the focus on more judicious use of antibiotics and the move away from in-feed medi- cations.
International APSA TravelScholarship Award applications open
The purpose of the In- ternational APSA Travel Scholarship is to introduce outstanding early career international pig scientists and their cutting-edge re- search to the Australasian pork industry.
The scholarship will provide travel support to promising early career scientists for the presenta- tion of their work at the APSA conference.
Applications for the award will open in Feb- ruary 2019 and close on May 10, 2019.
If you, or someone you know, are eligible and would love to attend AP- SA 2019 please visit apsa. tionalTravelScholarship. aspx for further informa- tion and to apply.
As always, the APSA conference would be im- possible if it were not for the continued generosity of our sponsors.
The APSA Commit- tee would sincerely like to thank the joint prin- cipal sponsors: Austral- ian Pork Limited and the Australasian Pork Re- search Institute Limited; the diamond gala dinner sponsor: DSM; gold spon- sors: BASF, EW Nutri- tion, Feedworks, JEFO Australia and SunPork Fresh Foods; silver spon- sors: AB Vista, BIOMIN, Evonik, Kemin Industries, Lucta, Phytobiotics, Ri- valea, SARDI/PIRSA and Lallemand; bronze spon- sors: Alltech Lienert Aus- tralia and Aunir; APSA Medal sponsor: SunPork Solutions; and media sponsors: Australian Pork Newspaper and Pork Jour- nal.
A number of opportuni- ties are still available for silver and bronze spon- sorship.
Contact Kate Murphy at for fur- ther details.
APSA will be held at the Hilton Hotel, Adelaide, South Australia from No- vember 17-20, 2019.
The organising Commit- tee hopes you will be able to join us to celebrate the Year of the Pig and APSA in this great location.
Keeping Australia free from African swine fever
IN response to the recent spread of Af- rican swine fever, the Department of Agri- culture and Water Re- sources has increased its border activities.
As part of this, a sam- ple of pork products seized at international airports and mail pro- cessing centres over a two-week period has been tested for African swine fever.
The testing was con- ducted at the Australian Animal Health Labora- tory in Geelong.
Head of Biosecurity at the department, Lyn O’Connell, said the de- partment has increased controls and remains committed to keeping Australia’s $60 billion agricultural industries free from the disease.
“The test results show six pork products from 152 tested were con- taminated with African swine fever virus,” Ms O’Connell said.
“Bringing banned prod- ucts to Australia puts our environment, industries and animal health at risk.
“The detection of the virus in seized products at the border does not change Australia’s Af- rican swine fever free status.
“The test results do, however, reinforce the importance of continued compliance with Aus-
duction and contribute to wider economic impacts caused by a loss of ac- cess to overseas markets for our pork products.
“Humans are not sus- ceptible to ASF but we all have a role in prevent- ing it, and other exotic animal diseases from ar-
ing this threat.”
People visiting or re-
turning to Australia from countries where this disease is present need to pay particular attention to biosecurity requirements and not bring banned product with them.
“If travellers are carry- ing foods, plant material or animal products in their luggage, they must declare them on their in- coming passenger card,” Ms O’Connell said.
“Before making on- line purchases, check what can and cannot be mailed to Australia.
“Products such as pork jerky cannot be brought into Australia, except under specific import conditions.
“If you are unsure of an item, declare it, or don’t bring it at all.”
Find out more about African swine fever, our biosecurity require- ments for incoming pas- sengers and people who are buying goods from overseas at agriculture. weeds/animal/asf
Australian Pork Newspaper, February 2019 – Page 5
• ASF is present in countries of sub- Saharan Africa and has more recently been detected in other parts of the world such as countries in eastern Eu- rope, including Russia and the Ukraine. It has most recently been reported in Belgium, China and Mongolia.
• Our biosecurity officers’ work at air- ports and mail centres safeguards Aus- tralia’s unique environment, $60 billion agricultural industries and plant, ani- mal and human health status from bio- security risks.
tralia’s strict biosecurity requirements.
“African swine fever is not present in Australia. “If introduced it would
have a significant impact on pig health and pro-
riving in Australia, even if we don’t own or work around farm animals.
“It is crucial that all participants in Austral- ia’s biosecurity system play their part in manag-

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