$900,000 for stress re­silience re­search

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

AL­MOST $1 mil­lion will be in­vested into a re­search pro­ject to im­prove pig wel­fare by mod­u­lat­ing stress re­silience.

Aus­tralasian Pork Re­search In­sti­tute Lim­ited, The Univer­sity of Mel­bourne, The Univer­sity of Queens­land, SunPork So­lu­tions and Ri­valea Aus­tralia have se­cured an Aus­tralian Re­search Coun­cil Link­age grant for the $900,000 study.

ARC fund­ing for the three-year pro­ject, Early stress ex­pe­ri­ences and stress re­silience in pigs, was $450,000 with an ad­di­tional $449,393 cash from other part­ners, of which $100,000 was from APRIL.

APRIL CEO John Pluske said the ARC grant was very sig­nif­i­cant, with im­prov­ing pig wel­fare a hot but­ton is­sue in the Aus­tralasian pork in­dus­try.

“It marks the first in­stance of APRIL, on be­half of its mem­bers, suc­cess­fully lev­er­ag­ing ex­ter­nal fund­ing for a ma­jor re­search pro­ject of in­dus­try-wide rel­e­vance,” Pro­fes­sor Pluske said.

“APRIL’s vi­sion is for col­lab­o­ra­tive pork in­dus­try re­search, fo­cused on in­dus­tryled pri­or­i­ties, lead­ing to timely gen­er­a­tion and adop­tion of out­comes able to en­sure sus­tain­abil­ity and prof­itabil­ity of Aus­tralasian pork pro­duc­ers.”

NEW STUDY: In­dus­try groups and uni­ver­si­ties have teamed up to re­search stress re­silience in pigs.

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