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Westridge Meats secured bounty of pork legs for Christmas ham orders
Pork to tap into innovation opportunities
COVID-19 has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, with the potential to affect those looking forward to enjoying ham for Christmas lunch.
duced strict rules, which reduced the capacity of meat processors by one- third.
demand for pork legs, so we’d highly recom- mend customers get their Christmas ham order in early this year to avoid disappointment,” Mr Jensen said.
Limited has welcomed the establishment of Agricultural Innova- tion Australia, a new not-for-profit company formed by all 15 of the national rural research and development cor- porations.
tive knowledge and resources to target the big, national challenges facing the sector, such as building climate resil- ience, natural resource management and supply chain traceability,” Min- ister Littleproud said.
Minister Littleproud said.
of effort when prior- itising opportunities for investment, considera- tion will be given to ex- isting RDC and industry strategies.”
Production at one of Australia’s biggest ham manufacturers has been affected by COVID-19 – being located in Victoria.
Now meatworks are re- quired to test a quarter of their workforce each week.
“Westridge Meats have secured hundreds of pork legs from local farmers across the Darling Downs, and we’ve even been ap- proached by Sydney com- panies to supply hams to their Queensland clients, due to the ham shortage.”
Chair of the Council of RDCs and Grains Research and Develop- ment Corporation John Woods said AIA rep- resented an exciting new era for Australia’s farming sector.
AIA will be man- aged by an independent, skills-based Board and invest in strategies to deliver transformative outcomes for Australia’s agricultural industries.
KR Castlemaine experi- enced a cluster at the end of July and was also one of regional Victoria’s epi- centres during the second wave.
Owner and head butcher at Toowoomba’s Westridge Meats Luke Jensen said there was an increased demand for pork legs, and prices from wholesalers would con- tinue to increase leading into Christmas.
APL chief executive officer and interim di- rector on the AIA Board Margo Andrae said the company would drive a new cross-industry ap- proach to agricultural innovation.
“Innovation is key to help meet industry’s target for a $100 bil- lion sector by 2030 and we know the biggest productivity gains will come from long-term re- search and development.
“AIA will transform investment in Australian agriculture,” Mr Woods said.
RDCs are responsible for investing around $800 million each year in agri- cultural innovation.
In response, the Victo- rian Government intro-
“We’ve been advised that there is an increased
Westridge Meats has won Queensland’s Best Ham at the Annual Aus- tralian PorkMark Awards three times, and judges and customers agreed the way it’s cooked and pre- sented was exceptional.
“Many of the chal- lenges and opportunities the pork industry faces are common across other farm sectors, so we see AIA as a collabo- rative way for APL and businesses in our supply chains to tap into cross- industry research,” Ms Andrae said.
“Now more than ever, with record government investment to support COVID-19 recovery, we need to demonstrate the greatest returns from our investments, improve transparency of outcomes, and drive efficiencies and greater uptake of our R&D ef- forts.”
“Having a single entity to lead cross-industry strategies will make it easier for investors from around the world to nav- igate and partner with our agricultural system.
Almost $300 million of this is Federal Gov- ernment funding from taxpayers, and around $500 million comes from industry levies.
Owner and head butcher at Westridge Meats Luke Jensen.
To order your ham phone 07 4635 6611.
“I welcome the lead- ership shown by RDCs to work together, lev-
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The competition had been cancelled this year, but Mr Jensen said the team at Westridge Meats was excited for the return in 2021, as they had been perfecting their recipe.
“Activities undertaken by AIA will focus on areas with greatest im- pact across multiple ag- ricultural industries.
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“We’re looking forward to the 2021 PorkMark Ham Awards and show- casing the great pork from local producers here in the Darling Downs, together with our recipe, which we’ve been working hard to perfect,” he said.
“AIA will help APL to scope out new ways of leveraging knowledge and accelerating inno- vation and commercial solutions in the pork supply chain.”
Minister Littleproud said AIA is a key ele- ment of the Federal Gov- ernment’s new National Agricultural Innovation Agenda to modernise Australia’s agricultural innovation system, which is why $1.3 mil- lion in Commonwealth funding has been com- mitted for the first AIA investment strategies, to fast-track action on the ground.
For all Christmas ham orders placed between now and November 30, customers will also re- ceive a Westridge Meats gift voucher, depending on the size of the ham ordered.
Minister for Agricul- ture David Littleproud, who announced AIA’s establishment on Oc- tober 1, said the organi- sation would capitalise on cross-industry op- portunities to drive pro- ductivity, sustainability and profitability across Australia’s farm sectors.
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