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Pork Industry Calendar of Events
JUL 11-14 – National Pork Industry Conference (NPIC) www.porkconference. com
AUG 3-6 – LIV AMVEC 2021 (Online)
SEP 7-10 – International Animal Production Show gan-2021
SEP18-21–AllenD.LemanSwineConference (Online)
OCT 11-14 – 14th SafePork Conference 2021
NOV 15-18 – Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA) Conference
NOV 21-23 – AVAMS21, Gold Coast
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A snapshot from the June delegates virtual forum hosted by APL.
APL delegates debate pork industry future
LAST month over two days Australia Pork Lim- ited staff, 30 delegates and a group of expert speakers convened to un- pack how the industry will achieve its vision – to become Australia’s preferred choice of pro- tein, sustainably adding $1 billion to farm gate production by 2025.
into everyday practices on farm, reducing costs, driving productivity and extracting stronger mar- gins for producers.
Australian National University’s Institute for Climate, Energy and Dis- aster Solutions’ Professor Mark Howden reiterated the importance of climate friendly farming.
APL manager of exten- sion and capacity building Rachael Bryant presented the annual adoption snap- shot, showing how APL’s adoption surveys – and the strong uptake from levy payers – informs re- search and development, and puts theory into prac- tice.
A stark reminder of why a proactive approach to climate change is needed.
There is significant interplay between the themes vital to achieving this vision – from animal welfare and biosecurity, to sustainability and the development of skills and leadership of our people.
Industry has set the bar high, committed to im- proving environmental, social and economic sus- tainability.
We need to attract new workers and develop pro- fessional pathways, cul- tivating rewarding, dy- namic careers right across the supply chain.
One of the most en- gaging agenda items for delegates were the sus- tainability presentations.
This comes down to implementing global best practices in animal care, as well as producing world class pork.
People and capacity garnered the most critical focus.
A further 15 postgrad- uate and 10 Honours scholarships will hit the ground by 2025. Prosperity
Industry ambitions were laid on the table, namely ‘livestock leaders with low greenhouse gas emis- sions’ and an ‘adopter of closed loop systems for carbon and water’.
APL outlined strategies to rectify labour and skills shortages on farms exac- erbated by COVID-19 through investments in education, graduate re- cruitment and expanded leadership programs.
APL presented its new learning management system to delegates and announced strengthened relationships with the Australasian Pork Re- search Institute Ltd.
As a research and de- velopment corporation, adoption of research by industry is always a fun- damental priority.
Thank you to all the delegates for attending the forum and providing valuable feedback that sharpens our focus to the areas that matter.
APL’s stronger relation- ships with the Department of Home Affairs assists in our producers’ Pork In-
This collaboration will promote greater inno- vation and progression
This means translating our research projects
This means using 60 percent less carbon, 80 percent less water and achieving zero waste by 2025.
Recordings of the dele- gates forum will be avail- able to members via the APL member portal in the coming weeks.
dustry Labour Agreement applications for overseas workers.
within the industry, fuel- ling best practice.
Clear goals have been set with tangible adoption benchmarks.
Adoption of innovation and technology, biodiver- sity and natural resource stewardship will get us there.
These were discussed and debated, mirroring foundation pillars set out in the pork industry’s sustainability framework, namely:
Over the past year, the PILA has provided urgent access to skilled migrant workers.
APL general manager research and innova- tion Dr Rob Smits and APRIL’s Professor John Pluske outlined how the organisations were working together to de- liver an impact greater than the sum of its parts.
More is needed to drive awareness and uptake, but once producers are aware of research, 70 percent will apply it.
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Any producers strug- gling with staff or PILA applications are urged to reach out to APL for as- sistance.
This demonstrates the quality of research, which is only a matter of getting to the right people at the right time.
High standards for our pigs will always be a vital part of industry consulta- tion.
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But industry capacity is about more than labour.
Joint projects with emerging tertiary trained staff and technicians will build capability and ca- pacity, and leverage sci- ence and research to pro- gress innovation.
Biosecurity, welfare, nutrition and genetic im- provements remain man- datory core priorities moving forward.
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