What’s the future for the Australian Pork Industry?

The Australian pork industry is at a crossroads. In the next few weeks, delegates to Australian Pork Limited (their checkoff organization) will vote on whether the industry in general should move to no gestation stalls after 28d. This move is in response to the decision by Coles, one of the large supermarket chains, to no longer buy pork from farms that have gestation stalls for use in all Coles’ branded pork products. Earlier this week Coles further announced that this ban would also apply to imported pork. You may have seen an announcement from the Canadian Pork Producers questioning the science the behind this ban. Read More...

Ecoshelters versus tunnel ventilation in Australia

Much of the Australian pork industry the past 10-15 years has moved to Ecoshelters for nursery and grow-finish pig accommodations. Ecoshelters are hoop structures that use large amounts of bedding, similar in many respects to the hoops used by some in the US. They find it interesting that hoops have become primarily associated with the niche markets in the US while they are very mainstream in Australia’s industry. Read More...