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Australian Pork obtains industry funding

Australian Pork Limited (APL) has been successful in securing AUD $280,000 (€178,000) in the recent round of funding from the Australian Government's Advancing Agricultural Industries programme.

An amount of $130,000 (€83,000) was secured by APL for a project which will analyse the life cycle of the pig industry on the farm.

This funding will assist to establish a greater understanding of the process, and a basis to build the future of the industry's planning and long-term sustainability.

The project will encompass environmental sustainability, housing and production systems, bottom-line reporting and food mile among other things.

APL, on behalf of the Animal Welfare Alliance working group, secured a further $150,000 (€95,000) to develop a strategic policy concerning animal welfare with other livestock industries.

The members of this group include Australian Wool Innovation, Australian Lot Feeders Association, Sheep Meat Council of Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia. The group comes together under the Industry Stocktakes project.

Effective improvement
APL chief executive officer Andrew Spencer said this recent round of funding will assist APL in effectively improving and enhancing Australia's pork industry for the future.

"This funding comes when not just the pork industry but all rural industries are having a rough time," Spencer said.

"It does not provide direct relief to our producers, however, it does ensure that we can use our experiences from these times and strengthen Australia's pork industry for the future."

Feed partnership initiative
Earlier this year APL also secured funding for $130,000 for the Feed Partnership Initiative on behalf of participants of the Feed Partnership.

Participants in the Feed Partnership include various Research and Development Corporations, grain and value adding livestock industries.

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