Investment will boost pork industry December 13, 2010 News that the Federal Government is to invest a further $20 million in a research centre which aims to transform Australia’s pork industry has been welcomed by Murdoch University researchers. Murdoch is a core partner in the Pork Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), which will use the funding to revolutionise pork production systems to produce high quality pork at affordable prices, while improving animal welfare. The funding, which secures the centre’s future for a further eight years, was announced by Federal Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr. Professor John Pluske, Director of Murdoch’s Institute for Animal Research, sits on the Pork CRC’s board. Professor Pluske and Murdoch microbiology Professor David Hampson have both received funding from the CRC to conduct research on pig health and production. Professor Hampson said: “The pork industry is hugely important to Australia. It contributes $3 billion to the national economy each year and generates around 8000 jobs. “This funding will ensure we can continue to improve standards which will benefit the industry, consumers, and animal welfare.” The funding will support four research programs in particular. These aim to improve animal welfare by eliminating the need for confinement of sows, cut antibiotic usage in production systems by half, provide world-class analysis systems, demonstrate the human health benefits of pork consumption, reduce CO2 emissions and deliver a new generation of highly-trained scientists and production staff. The $20 million was among $100 million in funding announced by Senator Carr under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres Program. The Program establishes long-term collaborations between industries, research institutions, communities and governments. They play a crucial role in addressing Australia’s innovation needs and delivering social, environmental and economic outcomes for all Australians. Information on all the successful centres in this funding round is available here. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, Research, Animal and plant studies, environment and bioinformatics, agriculture Tags: david hampson, john pluske, kim carr, pork crc Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!