$900,000 for stress resilience research
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.