[ASC-media] 'Pork CRC Sow Welfare Breakthroughs': Pork CRC Media Release

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Tue Jul 14 22:19:33 PDT 2015


Pork CRC Media Release: July 15, 2015

Pork CRC Sow Welfare Breakthroughs 

 

It's half time for CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC), having
just completed four years of its eight year term under the agreement it has
with the Australian Government and the majority of its essential and other
participants.

 

According to CEO, Roger Campbell, major progress and breakthroughs in pig
and pork R&D were made across all four of the CRC's programs.

 

"We've improved the welfare and performance of sows grouped in gestation,
we're developing alternative strategies to improve animal health, disease
diagnostics and pork eating quality, plus advancing biogas management and
grain inputs," Dr Campbell said.

 

"Australia's pork industry and researchers have led the world in
transitioning from stall to group housing of gestating sows, with industry
showing the forethought and courage to make the move and our scientists then
making it work on a welfare basis for the sow and in terms of reproductive
performance for the producer."

 

Pork CRC scientists are now looking at satiety and enrichment for gestating
sows and at the welfare and well-being of sows and their piglets during
farrowing and lactation. 

 

"The latter remains a challenging area, but we have the best in world
working on it and a very innovative program in place," Dr Campbell said.

 

According to Melina Tensen, Senior Scientific Officer (Farm Animals), RSPCA
Australia, Pork CRC's R&D programs reflect an awareness of emerging issues
and responsiveness to growing consumer expectations that may impact the
industry. 

 

"Pork CRC's research is essential to the success of alternative farrowing
and group housing systems and to farmer uptake of such systems," Ms Tensen
said.

 

"Undoubtedly, thanks to the success of the Pork CRC's group-housing
workshops, many pig farmers have implemented housing and feeding systems
that best suit them and close to three quarters of gestating sows are now
sow-stall free. 

 

"The success of Pork CRC, in addition to the quality of the research, is
attributable to the significant resources that major pig producing companies
are willing to invest in order to achieve practical, on-farm improvements. 

 

"This and the efforts of every single pig farmer who has transitioned or is
still in the process of transitioning to group housing, should be highly
commended.

 

"As Pork CRC's work moves into the next stage, RSPCA remains committed to
working with the pig industry and its stakeholders on the challenging
journey towards high integrity Australian pork," Ms Tensen said.

 

Dr Campbell said that in the next four years, Pork CRC would address areas
across its four programs where gaps in knowledge still existed, while
helping ensure Australia produces the highest quality pork in the world and
that Pork CRC continues to help industry differentiate itself from the rest
of the world.

 

 <http://www.porkcrc.com.au> www.porkcrc.com.au

 

Authorised by Pork CRC and issued on its behalf by 

Brendon Cant, Pork CRC Communications Manager, Mob 0417 930 536.

MEDIA CONTACT:
<mailto:roger.campbell at porkcrc.com.au?subject=Media%20Release> Dr Roger
Campbell, Pork CRC CEO, Mob 0407 774 714.

 

Pork CRC Progress.docx/MTRC150715

 

 



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