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New Board for Pork CRC

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The new Pork CRC (Pork Cooperative Research Centre) will have a new board effective July 1 with Andrew Spencer, Dr Hugh Wirth and Kenton Shaw appointed as Directors.  

Mr Spencer is CEO of Australian Pork Limited, Dr Wirth, a veterinarian is a former RSPCA Australia President and Kenton Shaw is General Manager, Production of Rivalea Australia.  

The new Directors will replace Paul Pattison, Associate Professor Wayne Pitchford and Andrew Maughan, joining existing members Dr John Keniry (Chairman), Professor Simon Maddocks, Professor John Pluske, Dr Rob Van Barneveld, Rod Hamann, Sam McIvor, Brian Halstead and Nigel Smith on the Board.  

Announcing the new Board, Dr Keniry said it was vital that Australia’s pork industry maintain local production of reasonably priced, high quality pork produced at an acceptable return on capital invested, while improving animal welfare, the environment and consumer health.  

Thanking the outgoing Directors for their outstanding contributions to the success of the inaugural Pork CRC, Dr Keniry said that he was confident their replacements, Andrew Spencer, Dr Hugh Wirth and Kenton Shaw would build on the work of their predecessors, while bringing fresh ideas and new skills to the Board.  

Australia’s pork industry has an annual farm-gate value of $1 billion, contributes $3 billion annually to the national economy and generates 8000 jobs.  

Late last year the industry welcomed the announcement by Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research to fund the CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork for $20 million over eight years. The Pork CRC’s 40 participants complemented the Federal Government’s support by committing $18 million in cash and $94 million in kind.  

The CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork focuses on ensuring Australian pork as a high integrity meat that is welfare optimal, environmentally responsible, safe and nutritious.  

The four research programs of the CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork include:

  • Confinement-free sow and piglet management
  • Herd health management
  • Healthy pork consumption
  • Carbon-conscious nutrient inputs and outputs

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