[ASC-media] 'Buoyant Mood at 2016 WAPPA AGM & Industry Day': West Australian Pork Producers' Association media release

Brendon Cant brendon at iinet.net.au
Tue Aug 16 23:15:47 PDT 2016

MEDIA RELEASE - August 17, 2016 


Buoyant Mood at 2016 WAPPA AGM & Industry Day


West Australian Pork Producers' Association President, Dawson Bradford, has
highlighted the buoyant state of the industry in his report to WAPPA's 2016


However, he sounded a note of caution about how possible changes to the
'Standards and Guidelines' (Model Code), once its review is finalised, might
affect promising growth opportunities for the WA pig industry.


Mr Bradford, of Popanyinning, was re-elected to WAPPA's Executive Committee,
along with fellow producer Graeme Dent of Cuballing, whose terms had expired
due to the effluxion of time. Fellow Committee members are Emalyn Loudon of
Perth, Torben Soerensen of GD Pork and Dean Romaniello of Craig Mostyn


WAPPA's AGM was part of a very successful 2016 industry day at the
International On The Water Hotel at Ascot, which was attended by about 50
producers, industry stakeholders and WAPPA sponsors.


Speakers included Roger Campbell, Pork CRC, Andrew Spencer and Deb Kerr,
APL, Andrew Daff, DAFWA, Kate Savage, Portec, Amanda Vardanega, MSD Animal
Health, Meg Donahoo, Boehringer Ingelheim, Tony Heelan of Tony Heelan & Co.,
Industrial Relations and Management and Rob Wilson, Pork Innovation WA.


Addressing the industry day and in his report to the AGM, Mr Bradford noted
that WA's pig industry had been identified by the State Government and DAFWA
as having the potential to grow 10-fold, which could change the shape of the


"However, for growth to happen, we must be globally competitive and with the
changes touted for the standards and guidelines, this isn't going to
happen," he said.


"While I am all for good welfare standards and those who don't comply should
be shunned from the industry, I can't understand why anyone would want to go
above their competitor's level.


"We don't want to make the minimum acceptable standards greater than that of
our competitors, as this will not help us compete in Asian markets," Mr
Bradford said.


WA's pork industry saw good growth in pig numbers in 2015/16, which was the
third successive year in which pig numbers increased by more than 10%, the
highest increase of any state and pushing annual numbers processed in WA to


According to WAPPA Executive Committee member Dean Romaniello, with
increased sow numbers, good growth should occur again this financial year.


"The demand behind this increase was mainly driven by the free range and sow
stall free market, however export continues to remain sound and local demand
positive on the back of high meat prices from competing proteins," he said.


"WA producers have seen good pig prices, hopefully putting them in a good
financial position, so the aim now should be to reinvest back into the farms
and continue to look into lowering cost of production, which will help
ensure a viable and bright future for WA producers in the years ahead," Mr
Romaniello said.


WAPPA Executive Officer, Jan Cooper, in her report, suggested access to
labour in the WA pork industry continued to be a risk to growth, however
WAPPA had successfully applied for labour agreements on behalf of GD Pork
and Westpork.


"With runs on the board, WAPPA is now in a good position to help other
producers interested in pursuing labour agreements, while we also continue
to investigate other avenues for producers while ensuring the integrity of
labour agreements," she said.


Other matters Ms Cooper addressed were: biosecurity; environment and
planning; APL delegate forum; animal welfare; APIQ standards; R&D;
Productivity Commission; governance and communication and networking.


Roger Campbell focussed his Pork CRC update on its progress with
commercialising technologies and products, including appetite enhancers for
weaners and enrichment blocks for gestating sows and weaners.


Dr Campbell listed the following as being on his 'Pork CRC Watching Brief'
and R&D outcomes producers should eagerly anticipate: APP vaccine; lauric
acid and the effects of fatty acid levels in lactation on subsequent
reproduction; post cervical AI; oestrus synchronisation; Porcinet for
growers; magnesium effects before farrowing.


Veterinarian Kate Savage of Portec reminded producers of the effects of heat
stress in summer, in particular how it affects sows.


She said heat stress suffered by sows could lead to earlier ovulation,
reduced hormonal support of pregnancy, poor quality eggs and boars were
affected by compromised semen production.


Dr Savage noted that as production systems in WA moved from intensive to
eco-shelters and to free range, producers had less control over temperature
and day length.


She recommended producers study '
ember-2013.pdf> Preparing for the summer months: seasonal infertility and
beyond', a manual co-produced by Pork CRC and APL.


Pork Innovation WA Chairman, Rob Wilson, in his report, advised that PIWA
was now an incorporated body with inaugural members WAPPA, Craig Mostyn
Group, Portec Veterinary Service, Milne Agrigroup, Westpork and Dawson


"PIWA will seek funding for research through industry organisations such as
Pork CRC, APL and the Agricultural Produce Commission, plus non-traditional
channels which seek to support productivity and competitiveness," Dr Wilson


"We hope the combination of external funding and transition funding from
DAFWA will establish PIWA as a viable model for future pork industry
research, development and extension in WA."


About 130 people attended WAPPA's industry dinner in the evening, at which
the 2016 Ron Pollard Memorial Award was presented by Deb Kerr of APL to
former Pork CRC supported student Yvonne Lau, who graduated from Murdoch
University with 2nd Class Honours in Animal Science. She hopes to continue
her career in the pork industry.


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