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After addressing the 2017 South Australian Pig Industry Day, Pork CRC CEO Dr Roger Campbell (right) caught up with Dr Nishchal Sharma, trainee nutritionist employed by ACE Livestock Consulting under the Pork CRC’s SA Government- supported Industry Placement Program.
Pork CRC declares dividends from South Australian Government investment
A 2015 commitment by the South Australian Government to invest half a million dollars with the Roseworthy, South Australia head- quartered Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australi- an Pork, has already paid substantial dividends for the state’s pork industry, according to Pork CRC CEO Roger Campbell.
The funding has sup- ported five Pork CRC In- dustry Placement Program appointments at $70,000 each and $150,000 was allocated to the interna- tionally acclaimed Autism in Agriculture Project to help employ nine young autistic adults at SunPork Farms in SA.
“Our IPP, where we place Pork CRC-support- ed graduates with indus- try, in particular with our participants, is a partner- ship where funding and training is shared,” Dr Campbell said.
“Business applies for the award and trains the graduates in the business of pork production, while employing them for a minimum of three years.
“Our job is to ensure the graduate remains involved in R&D and Pork CRC activities.
“Young people get a start in industry and in- dustry benefits from their enthusiasm and injection of fresh ideas and know- ledge, which is often very innovative.
“It’s been a truly game- changing investment for Pork CRC and industry and we acknowledge the SA Government for rec- ognising this and stepping in to further advance our IPP initiative.”
Alice Weaver, whose PhD was supported by Pork CRC, was the first person to be awarded an IPP appointment under the SA Government’s funding to Pork CRC.
Dr Weaver is a techni- cal officer at the Braun family’s Myora Farm at Mt Gambier, SA, where she is responsible for the piggery’s research and de- velopment activities.
Veterinarian Sarah Medhurst is working at SunPork Farms South, where Tanya Nowland is also spending time as part of her IPP with SARDI.
Ms Medhurst has been involved in R&D projects at SunPork and has in- creased her knowledge of pig production through involvement in production
and marketing meetings and data analysis of large pig herds.
Ms Nowland, as part of her IPP with SARDI, has been trained in farrowing house operations through her time with SunPork Farms.
According to her IPP su- pervisor, Cameron Ralph of SARDI, the IPP has strengthened the relation- ship between the two or- ganisations.
“At SARDI we’ve fo- cused on experimental design and execution of research plans, while at SunPork Tanya has been mentored in pig produc- tion,” Dr Ralph said.
Haylee Clifford and Ni- shchal Sharma are work- ing with livestock nutri- tion companies, Lienert Australia and ACE Live- stock Consulting, respec- tively.
Ms Clifford said Lienert Australia and her men- tors had been very sup- portive during the huge learning curve since she
commenced her industry placement.
“I have had the op- portunity to learn a great deal about feed and pre- mix formulation and how the company operates and now I look forward to future opportunities and experiences with the pro- gram,” she said.
Rohan Wundke, Ms Clifford’s supervisor at Lienert, said she had al- ready enjoyed many op- portunities as part of her IPP and Lienert was now considering involving her in a sow feed intake pro- ject to increase her pig industry knowledge and interaction.
Dr Sharma said as a recent graduate, his time at ACE would help him work more effectively in the future.
His IPP supervisor and ACE principal Tony Ed- wards reported Dr Shar- ma was making good progress to becoming a competent nutritionist.
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Tanya Nowland works at the South Australian Research and Development Institute under Pork CRC’s Industry Placement Program.
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Veterinarian Sarah Medhurst works at SunPork Farms in South Australia under Pork CRC’s very successful Industry Placement Program.

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