[ASC-media] 'A First For SA Pork CRC Industry Placement Program'
brendon at iinet.net.au
Tue Aug 2 20:41:54 PDT 2016
Pork CRC Media Release: August 3, 2016
A First For SA Pork CRC Industry Placement Program
Alice Weaver, whose PhD was supported by the CRC For High Integrity
Australian Pork, is the first person to be awarded an Industry Placement
Program appointment under the South Australian Government's $500,000 funding
to the Pork CRC.
Dr Weaver officially commences as a Technical Officer at Jeff Braun's 'Myora
Farm' at Mt Gambier, SA, on August 3 and will be responsible for the
implementation and coordination of the piggery's research and development
Pork CRC CEO Dr Roger Campbell said the SA Government funding was a welcome
boost to Pork CRC's existing successful Industry Placement Program (IPP),
where it placed supported graduates with industry, in particular with its
Graduates are then trained in the business of pork production and remain
active in research and Pork CRC activities.
"It is a partnership where funding and training is shared, young people get
a start in industry and industry benefits from their enthusiasm and
injection of fresh ideas and knowledge, which is often cutting edge science.
"It's a win-win for everyone and we thank the SA state government and its
Minister for Science and Information Economy, Hon Kyam Maher, for
recognising this and stepping in to further fund and advance the
initiative," Dr Campbell said.
Pork CRC has supported six IPPs to date and the new funds will help enhance
the competiveness of the SA pork industry and provide significant
opportunities for graduate and postgraduate students to contribute to what
is a vibrant industry.
Pork CRC IPP recipients and their IPP employers, so far, include Dr Rebecca
Athorn, Rivalea Australia, Tracey Muller, CHM/SunPork, Dr David Lines,
APFG/SunPork Farms, Claire Payne, Craig Mostyn Group and Vanessa Morris,
Chris Richards Group and Anthony Martyniuk, SunPork SA.
Dr Weaver's Pork CRC supported PhD at University of Adelaide, 'The induction
of a fertile oestrus in lactating sows and the subsequent effect mating in
lactation has on oocyte quality and embryo survival', has developed further
understanding of sow reproductive potential. Addressing commercial cost,
benefit, risks and bottom line gain will be ongoing for the industry.
Myora Principal and owner Jeff Braun has had a lifelong interest in pig
According to Mr Braun, the business of pig farming was entirely dependent on
having healthy, happy animals, cared for by well trained, skilled staff.
"This is where someone so highly skilled and scientifically qualified as
Alice will make a real difference.
"I applaud Pork CRC and South Australian Government for joining forces to
make more Industry Placement Program positions available to such talented
young people," he said.
Dr Weaver said she had already enjoyed working at Myora and is excited about
the opportunity to implement her knowledge and research skills in a
"The IPP award, gives both parties more certainty, with a minimum three year
contract appointment and the opportunity to make a real difference in a
commercial operation while gaining on-the-job practical experience," she
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Brendon Cant, Pork CRC Communications Manager, Mob 0417 930 536.
<mailto:roger.campbell at porkcrc.com.au?subject=Media%20Release> Dr Roger
Campbell, Pork CRC CEO, Mob 0407 774 714.
First SA Industry Placement.docx/JBAW200716RC020816
Tel +61 8 9430 9463
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