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New R&D investments – production and environment
Pig Industry Calendar of Events
SEP 25 - 27 – PorkExpo 2018 Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
OCT 17 - 19 – Vietstock Expo & Forum, Saigon, Vietnam
NOV 11- 14 – Space 2018, Rennes, Francia, France
NOV 13 - 16 – EuroTier, Hannover, Germany
NOV 15 - 18 – Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, Saint Paul, Minnesota, US leman-swine-conference
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NOV 19 – National Pig Awards, London UK
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AUSTRALIAN Pork Limited recently advised all successful applicants who submitted research proposals that addressed our 2018/19 R&D priori- ties, identified by Spe- cialist Groups 2 (Pro- duction and Welfare) and 3 (Environmental Man- agement).
tive single dose injection for H. parasuis with im- munity extending out to the region of 20 weeks.
8. A new species inter- fering with vaccine effi- cacy – Dr Conni Turni, University of Queensland. Conni has previously identified, with the sup- port of the Pork CRC, that glaesserella australis is present in Australian pigs and was associated with significant pleurisy, lung lesions and abscesses at the abattoir and lesions and death at the farm lev- el. Some of the 14 farms where G. australis was isolated had 40 percent lung lesions, 30 percent lung abscesses and 13.8 percent pleurisy at the ab- attoir. The development of a PCR test will result from this new APL-funded pro- ject to enable rapid and confident identification of G. australis from tissue to help with the monitoring of this new species, espe- cially in the light of vac- cine failure for our main respiratory pathogen in the industry.
In relation to Specialist Group 3, the objectives of APL’s environmental management program are to manage costs of pro- duction and address en- vironmental risks being faced by producers, whilst investigating opportuni- ties to generate revenue to underpin the long-term viability, profitability and sustainability of the in- dustry.
• Conversion of spent bedding materials to electricity using Mov- ing Injection Horizontal Gasification – Wildfire Energy. Industry needs to have a simple and robust process to convert spent bedding and organic sol- ids from piggeries into electricity to reduce pro- duction costs and reduce the environmental im- pacts of stockpiling and disposal of spent bedding. The project will provide a comprehensive report for stakeholders on the tech- nical, environmental and economic feasibility of converting spent bedding into electricity using the
MIHG technology.
• Clarifying biomethane
and small-scale biogas op- tions for Australian pig- geries – Dr Stephan Tait, University of Queensland. A documented real case study will be conducted of a covered pond biogas sys- tem at a 500-sow farrow to finish piggery to pro- vide upfront transparency to pork producers seeking biogas feasibility studies from industry consult- ants, and guide the project and technology scope of such feasibility studies to prevent capital excessive projects. Additionally, through a feasibility anal- ysis, the project will aim to clarify the benefit cost of biogas to biomethane technology in an Austral- ian context, involving a showcase piggery. This work will address costs of aligning with Australian standards, codes and reg- ulations, uncertainties of technology performance within Australian pig- gery site constraints and uncertainty about realis- tic markets accessible to the sale of biogas-derived compressed natural gas.
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A total of 14 propos- als were supported across Specialist Groups 2 and 3.
by HEATHER CHANNON Research and Innovation General Manager
I am looking forward to the contributions the out- comes from these studies will provide to industry once they are completed.
2. Optimise the duration of betaine supplementa- tion in pig production – Dr Fan Liu, Rivalea (Aus- tralia). This project will determine whether the cost effectiveness of be- taine supplementation to improve growth perform- ance can be improved by using it at critical stages of a pig’s life.
at SARDI’s Roseworthy Piggery and will dem- onstrate commercially available systems for au- tomated/remote weighing for grower/finishers and early detection of respira- tory disease. A producer workshop will also be held to allow producers the opportunity to view the capabilities of these technologies; demonstrate how to optimise the data generated by these tech- nologies; support produc- ers with adoption of PLF technologies that suit their needs; identify challenges and barriers to implemen- tation as well as identify new opportunities for the pork industry. The data generated will also inform benefit cost analysis for these technologies.
Within the Specialist Group 2 portfolio, pro- posals that are supported must focus on ensuring the Australian pork indus- try is sustainable, locally resilient and that produc- tion practices extend both societal and consumer ex- pectations.
3. Development of a protocol for the use of feeding conjugated lin- oleic acid to lactating gilts – Jessica Craig, Rivalea (Australia). A protocol for feeding CLA to gilts in late gestation/lactation to improve the performance and survival of their prog- eny will result from this work, if it is successful.
Above all, high priority is placed on identifying and implementing tech- nologies that can reduce costs of production.
For 2018/19, the calls for tender were requested to address the following re- search priorities:
• Updated National Pollution Index report- ing tool – Stephen Wei- demann, Integrity Ag. Piggeries are required to report to the National Pollutant Inventory when they exceed one or more thresholds for reporting. This project will provide industry with an up-to- date scientific basis for emissions calculations and a calculator applying updated methods. Once approved by the Depart- ment of Environment and Energy, pig producers will be able to use these updated methods to more accurately determine farm emissions, including reductions in emissions that may be associated with certain management practices such as the use of covered ponds.
• Reinvestigate technol- ogies that can improve growth performance that are now economically vi- able and/or have improved efficacy.
4. Slowing down intes- tinal passage rate to de- crease diarrhoea risk and zinc oxide (ZnO) depend- ence in weaned piglets – Assoc Prof Eugeni Roura, University of Queensland. Eugeni’s project will aim to reduce the quantity of undigested feed that is available for bacterial fer- mentation in the hindgut in weanling pigs by using bitter compounds. By do- ing this, it is hoped that both the risk of diarrhoea and the need to use ZnO in post-weaning diets will be reduced while improv- ing growth performance and feed efficiency. The dietary use of ZnO is be- ing phased out in other countries, and while this is not yet the case in Aus- tralia, alternate cost-ef- fective options to manage post-weaning health are needed.
5. On farm demonstra- tion of precision live- stock technologies rel- evant to the Australian pork industry – Dr Ro- byn Terry, SARDI. This project will be conducted
6. Reducing negative hu- man interactions through the delivery of treatments, vaccines and therapies in an edible gel matrix – Robert Hewitt, SunPork Solutions. It is proposed that through the use of alternative delivery meth- ods for orally active in- gredients that handling re- quired to administer vac- cine treatments to suck- ling pigs will be reduced, resulting in improved animal performance. If successful, a step-by-step guide for the preparation and use of an edible gel matrix that includes a va- riety of active ingredients will be developed.
• Demonstrate use of real-time technologies on- farm to improve animal management and health in grower/finisher herd and sow herd.
The successful propos- als supported through Specialist Group 3 are:
• Investigate vaccine variability and/or effica- cy, particularly in relation to respiratory diseases.
The successful propos- als were:
1.Use of dietary addi- tives and neuroleptics to improve efficiency and carcass composition of growing pigs – Prof Frank Dunshea, University of Melbourne and Dr Karen Moore, Pork Innovation WA. It is anticipated this work will provide infor- mation on the optimum dose and form of dietary additives, including cy- steamine hydrochloride, betaine and chromium to enhance feed efficiency and carcass composition of female and/or immuno- castrated male pigs.
7. Biopolymer vaccine delivery vehicle for sin- gle injection haemophi- lus parasuis vaccine and duration of immunity – Rivalea (Australia). This work will test and eval- uate the capability of a biopolymer capsular de- livery system, developed through the CRC for Poly- mers, to provide an effec-
• Standardised method- ology – testing effluent samples for NATA labs – Stephen Weidemann, Integrity Ag. With the expansion of biogas cap- ture at Australian pig- geries, increased focus is needed to understand
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