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JUN 9-11 – World Pork Expo, Iowa, US
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CONSULTATION on the new Australian Pork Limited Strategic Plan was polarising among many producers.
be losing him at that time. The team also includes the APIQ team of Steven Miller and Jennifer Stone; as well as Industry Data Co-ordinator Tracey Hol- land and Manager of Technology Transfer and Industry Capability Ra-
years at APL in the Brand Team.
It was different, some said challenging, while others said it sucked.
She’ll be supported by Katana Smith who will look after media relations, Tenita Campton who will look after digital commu- nications and Vivien Chan who will look after events and publications.
However, doing things differently did prove in- sightful in a number of ways.
chel Bryant.
In recent years, the com-
All four members of this team have been with APL for a number of years and will make the transition away from the Marketing Division to work across the oranisation.
It highlighted APL is on the right track with some of our efforts, with more to be done in other areas.
visions, we’re making a shift that instead focuses on operational teams, to remove those siloes and take a more holistic ap- proach.
is designed to support building stronger relation- ships.
munications capabilities of APL have been decen- tralised, working within the various divisions.
The new strategy comes into effect from July and to support the new strategic pillars, or key themes, we’ve made some changes to our organisa- tion.
The changes will be im- plemented over time, as revolutions cause counter- revolutions and lasting change is built over time.
Both with our industry and supporting each in- dividual APL member in the first instance, and eventually all levy payers.
We’re now working to re-establish a centralised team, reporting to CEO Margo Andrae, which improves consistency, industry visibility and builds a positive story for APL and the Australian pork industry across all communications chan- nels.
We all know change takes time, but these teams are designed to improve communica- tion with all stakeholders across channels.
So what does that mean?
This team will be led initially by Peter Smith, who has been with APL for 16 years in a number of roles.
The new teams will im- prove our ability to work as one organisation more proactively and meet the needs of you and the in- dustry.
It means we’ve listened to what our producers and other stakeholders have said.
Having said that, two new teams will come into effect in the month of June to deliver improved producer engagement and communications.
He brings to the role extensive experience, in- cluding on our industry data, production survey and with organising the Pan Pacific Pork Expo.
Julia Unwin will make the move from Senior Brand Manager working on the Differentiation program to lead this new team.
We’ve looked at the pri- oirities for the next five years and how our team could be better arranged to deliver on those objec- tives.
The new producer- focused team is about giving each producer a clear point of contact.
We say initially because Peter has decided to move to Switzerland in October, so unfortunately we will
Julia has more than 15 years’ experience working across marketing and communications in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, including four
While these new teams do draw members from other teams, for example, six from Marketing and three from R&I, those teams have planned their workloads and priorities in order to continue to deliver.
While we’ve tradition- ally operated with the Marketing, Research and Innovation and Policy di-
While we all work for our producers, this team
Are you giving your gilts the right start to a productive life?
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If they have less fat coverage at the first mating, their chance is significantly increased that they will be re- moved from the herd at parity 2 or 3, costing the business money, as sows are typically not profitable until their third parity.
With the correct feeding adjustment, the herd can see an increase of 1mm of fat coverage in four weeks – so re- sults can be seen quite quickly.
and litter size, gilts need to be managed from when they are selected to be in the correct body condition at their first mating.
and regularly measuring the backfat depth.
the slaughter pig, how- ever, requires manage- ment for the breeding animal.
This is easily achieved by ensuring they are on the correct feeding curve
Sows should be kept in the herd until at least parity 6 and the only way that will happen is if they are set up correctly from the beginning.
Restricted feeding is always the recom- mended strategy for DanBred gilts to prevent too high a growth rate, with the only excep- tion being when she is flushed seven to 10 days prior to insemination.
To have high longevity
Feeding too much pro- tein in the diet will mean she is laying down this extra protein as muscle rather than fat, which she needs for body condition at her first mating and subsequent lactation.
It is not enough to rely on a visual body condi- tion score alone as an indicator of the fat cov- erage in any animal – particularly in the gilt.
The current DanBred recommendations are gilts should be between 12-15mm and 130-150kg at their first mating.
If you cannot measure it, it cannot be managed! Back fat depth is com- monly measured in Danish sow herds via a small handheld reader as a way to assign the sows to the correct gestation feeding curve, and is be- ginning to be used more
This should be when they are 230-250 days old and at their second or third heat.
in gilt preparation.
The measurement
should be taken at the P2 site, which is 7cm from the spine at the last rib.
Back fat scanner: Photo: DanBred
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