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Porking threesome and its runaway love child
TWENTY years ago I wrote and issued a media release on a quarterly council meeting of then client WA Pork Pro- ducers’ Association.
pany as producer repre- with bacon remaining were: pork individual car-
I happened to review the relevant WAPPA file recently and was struck by the stark similarity of the issues faced back then by pork producers versus those faced by today’s.
sentatives. (Author’s 2020 note: this body, now well and truly defunct, was formed to bring producers and processors closer to- gether. For a while it did just that).
strong – recently selling to 203c/kg liveweight (about 298c/kg dressed). (Author’s 2020 note: sa- leyard pig auctions have long gone and have not been missed, other than by a tiny handful of tiny producers).
casses (AJ & ME Curnow, Ardath); pork pen of three (J Stevens & Co., Keller- berrin); bacon individual (AR & SM Penfold, Cow- aramup), bacon pen of three (AR & SM Penfold); most points pork & bacon (AR & SM Penfold). (Au- thor’s 2020 note: the only serious carcass comps were held at Watsonia during its annual Pig Day, back when Brad Thom- ason was at the helm).
Here are some snippets of what I wrote back then: Although optimistic about the future, many young pork producers regard planning and en- vironmental issues as se- rious threats to their in-
• AGWEST: Reporting on his recent visit to the US, Bruce Mullan said the US pork industry was much more mature than Australia’s, particularly in marketing of pork prod- ucts, long-term producer contracts (five years) and flexibility in processing and packing. “Economies of scale are very apparent, but that is not to say we can’t achieve the same efficiencies.” (Author’s 2020 note: economies of scale remains problematic here).
• WA Pig Skills Centre: Since stocking com- menced on August 24 at the Muresk site, the first batch mating has finished, with 51 gilts artificially inseminated in 10 days. The second gilt consign- ment (40) arrived on September 21. (Author’s 2020 note: the centre has had a very chequered his- tory, managed by many, but not many managed to manage).
• Stockfeed Manufac- turers Association of WA: Tight global barley stocks should keep feed prices from dropping. Highest quote for new season oats is $135/t, with scarce supply and higher demand from export hay market likely to keep prices up. (Author’s 2020 note: barley plantings this year will drop off markedly after ‘the big dump’ by China).
dustry’s viability.
In particular, they are
Cant Comment by BRENDON CANT
concerned that such is- sues can restrict an ex- isting piggery’s ability to expand and impede the establishment of new fa- cilities needed to help the industry meet increased export-driven demand.
that all producers feel they are an integral part of the industry and that we endeavour to resurrect the fighting spirit which has always been essential to meet the challenges of pig production, the authors concluded.
• WA Livestock Sales- man’s Association: Mid- land saleyard numbers had remained steady at about 400 head a week,
• Australian Pig Breeders’ Association: A very successful carcass competition was held during the 2000 Perth Royal Show. Winners
In the report (by WAPPA delegates Sandy Gardiner and Liam Flanagan), ta- bled at WAPPA’s fourth quarterly council meeting for 2000, it was also noted that some producers felt isolated, or vulnerable, due to the decline in total numbers of producers due to the industry’s ration- alisation over the last few years.
Speaking after the council meeting, WAPPA president and Gingin producer Chris Keene said the associa- tion supported the en- vironmental guidelines for new and existing pig- geries, published earlier this year and signed off by producers, govern- ment agencies and major industry stakeholders.
It is therefore important
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“We do, however, object strongly when developers and government authori- ties attempt to close down existing piggeries, or limit their ability to expand, when the original invest- ment in a particular loca- tion was made in good faith at the time.”
Boatshed black pudding, the author believes from Berkshire pigs supplied by Linton Batt, made for a hearty breakfast when plated up with egg and tomato.
Having developed a taste for chorizo sausages while on a Rotary International Group Study Exchange in Argentina, the author these days buys them from Javier, a pork-loving Argentinian chef in Fremantle. His El Argentino sausages are gener- ously and lovingly filled with his own secret ingredients and then produced, with natural skins, by a local butcher.
Highlights of other re- ports presented to WAP- PA’s council meeting in- cluded:
• Pork Council of Aus- tralia: Changeover and start date for Australian Pork Limited now ex- tended to April, 2001. (Author’s 2020 note: APL is the runaway ‘love child’ of PCA, PRDC and APC, a ‘threesome’ that con- summated what was an engaging relationship).
• Pork Producers and Processors of WA: Neil Ferguson of Westpork joins John Smailes of Australian Natural Pork and Liam Flanagan of Great Southern Pig Com-
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