[ASC-media] 'APRIL in December call for new scientists and new science': Pork CRC Media Release
brendon at iinet.net.au
Sun Dec 10 14:40:22 PST 2017
Pork CRC Media Release -- December 11, 2017
APRIL in December call for new scientists and new science
Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited (APRIL) today made its first
call for research proposals to markedly enhance the competiveness and
sustainability of the Australasian pork industry.
APRIL, which replaces the Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity
Australian Pork (Pork CRC), is fully member based with an initial investment
in 2018-2019 approaching $3 million and is actively seeking new science and
creative new ideas.
With the objective of commissioning research by the middle of 2018,
basically 12 months before the close of Pork CRC operations, the APRIL call
will ensure continuity of the current level of research and support
opportunities for relevant researchers during the wind-down.
Pork CRC and APRIL Chair Dennis Mutton is determined to drive Australia's
pork industry into areas it has never been before by encouraging fresh, game
changing ideas from incumbent and new researchers and harnessing a new wave
of scientific power.
"One of the ways the APRIL board has agreed to do this is by identifying and
engaging with a previously untapped pool of talent and bringing new and
creative thinking into the pork R&D space to increase speed of discovery and
delivery of profitable outcomes," Mr Mutton said.
Pork CRC CEO, Roger Campbell, agreed, inviting researchers to apply if they
thought they could dramatically improve sow reproduction, for example, or
lift the inherent feed efficiency of grower pigs.
"The same invite goes out to anyone with new ideas on how to reduce
Australia's reliance on global grains and soybean meal to reduce feed costs,
or those with thoughts on how best to reduce antibiotic use and
antimicrobial resistance," Dr Campbell said.
APRIL is also interested in cost effective engineering and precision farming
technologies applicable to the pork industry.
Dr Campbell said the Australasian pork industry had a globally acknowledged
track record in terms of the adoption of new technologies and ideas, but in
an increasingly competitive global market it had to be one of the best, if
not the best, in the world.
"Our challenges are obvious and they will all respond to high quality
research, but this has to be cutting edge if we are to ensure sustainability
and profitability of our industry.
"We have some great scientists, but we're now looking outside the room for
researchers who may not have previously considered the pork industry, but
who are good thinkers and who have new technologies and ideas that could be
applicable to the pork industry.
"It is going to be an exciting journey, so come along for the ride if you
have something positive to offer," Dr Campbell said.
Details can be accessed from the APRIL link on Pork CRC's website
Authorised by Pork CRC/APRIL and issued on its behalf by
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.
APRIL Pork Ideas.docx/DM081217/RC091217
Tel +61 8 9430 9463
Mob +61 417 930 536
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