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APN would like to thank all advertisers, producers and contributors
for their support in 2017.
We also wish everyone
a safe and merry Christmas
and happy New Year.
AUSTRALIAN Pork Limited has announced the appointment of a new Specialist Director in Mr Andrew Baxter and the reappointment of Producer Directors Dr Brian Luxford and David Plant at its annual general meeting in mid- November.
The APL Board has ap- pointed Mr Baxter to fill the vacancy created by Specialist Director Mrs Kay Carey.
Mrs Carey is retiring in accordance with the rotational requirements of the APL Constitution and was not seeking reap- pointment.
APL chairman Mr Enzo
Allara said it is always an exciting time of year when the Australian pig industry gets together to discuss where the industry is heading and how it is getting there.
“It is important we con- tinue to move forwards as an industry, and we are very fortunate to have high- ly respected individuals in- volved with our industry and sharing their expertise and skills with us.
“Mr Baxter will provide new insights and experi- ences that the industry can learn from.
“His enormous and di-
verse experience will make him a great asset to the Board and the in- dustry.”
Mr Baxter is a leading marketing and communi- cations expert, with expe- rience working on some of Australia’s most visible brand communications campaigns.
“Every industry has dif- ferent challenges and op- portunities,” Mr Baxter said.
“I look forward to work- ing on those that are shap- ing the Australian pork industry and achieving positive outcomes for our producers.”
Specialist Director Kay Carey was appointed to the Board in 2006 and announced earlier in 2017 that she would not be seeking reappointment after her current term ex- pires.
On behalf of the Aus-
tralian pork industry, APL thanks Mrs Carey for her tireless work during her time on the APL Board, particularly her dedica- tion to APL’s marketing efforts.
“Mrs Carey was a great advocate for the consumer in an industry that is mov- ing from being largely production led to being more consumer driven,” Mr Allara said.
“She was relentlessly curious of the emerging trends in consumer behav- iour and her wisdom when dealing with complex in- formation will be greatly missed.”
APL is responsible for enhancing opportunities for the sustainable growth of the Australian pork in- dustry by delivering inte- grated marketing, innova- tion and policy services through the pork industry supply chain.
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Pig Farm Perspective
by Bruce the brainy pig
WHEN was the last time you changed your disinfectant type?
As most of you prob- ably started to think about the last time you ran out and couldn’t get the type you normally get, so you were forced to get something else, it has just become ap- parent that it was a very long time ago.
What is the harm, you ask?
A recent study pre- sented at the Australa- sian Pig Science As- sociation conference raised eyebrows about emerging resistance to regularly used disin- fectants in piggeries.
The study concluded that several widely used and trusted disinfect- ants at varying con- centrations have had varying levels of E. coli resistance.
This is an interesting
and unexpected devel- opment.
Usually we associate disinfectant with being 100 percent effective at the point of application.
Unfortunately, this is not the case and pro- ducers should be made aware of the potential risks, so what are the implications?
Obviously increased risk of E. coli-associ- ated disease on farm, but the biggest danger is perhaps increased risk of resistant bacteria ex- posure to your greatest asset: your staff.
The emergence of an- tibiotic-resistant bacte- ria is well known, how- ever disinfectant resist- ance is a new concept.
How can you maxim- ise the efficacy of your disinfectants?
I would recommend that farms rotate disin- fectants relatively regu-
larly for best results. Any disinfectants that are out of date or have noted changes in col- our should be disposed of or the manufacturer
I would also recom-
mend you double check your dilutions to ensure the correct concentra- tion is being applied to the piggery.
When cleaning, en- sure the majority of fae- cal and organic material is removed manually before application of the disinfectant.
Ensure application is even and recommended surface contact and dry- ing time is allowed.
If you have any ques- tions or concerns about disinfectant efficacy or are interested in the specific disinfectants used in the resistance study, contact you vet- erinarian.

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