Australian pork producers were making good progress in reproduction and they matched their overseas competitors for herd feed efficiency, but they came a long way last in volume, or kilogram carcass weight sold per sow, per year, said CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork CEO, Roger Campbell, in a recent report for the stakeholders.
“The latter is reflected in Australia’s much higher costs, other than feed, than our global competitors and this must be addressed through better sow productivity and potentially heavier carcass weights,” he said.
Dr Campbell acknowledged that the issue of heavier weights was market driven and largely up to individual businesses working with their customers.
While Pork CRC research had positively impacted born alive and number weaned, he expected further enhancements through Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited (APRIL), which had now called for research proposals to markedly enhance the competiveness and sustainability of the Australasian pork industry.
That APRIL call closes February 16, with successful projects expected to begin July 1.