2018 APRIL & Pork CRC Stakeholders’ Day & AGMs

APRIL Communications Manager, Brendon Cant, was in Melbourne for the 2018 APRIL & Pork CRC Stakeholders’ Day & AGMs on November 15. The morning after he snapped APRIL’s Board meeting. Australian Pork Newspaper kindly published a full page of Brendon’s pictures in its December 2018 issue.

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APRIL first appointment of CEO and Chief Scientist

John Pluske has been appointed inaugural Chief Scientist and CEO of Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited (APRIL).
Professor Pluske from Murdoch University, Western Australia, will commit more than half his time to APRIL, while maintaining academic roles and duties at Murdoch University.
APRIL is an independent research entity continuing the collaborative approach to research and development of the very successful Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC), which is winding down to its June 30, 2019 conclusion.
APRIL actively partners with industry and educational institutionsto deliver research outcomes to the Australasian pork industry and commercial outcomes that generate financial returns for APRIL to support ongoing research, development and training.
APRIL invested $900,000 in 13 projects across programs covering resilience, cost and return on assets, in 2018/19, its inaugural funding year.
Dennis Mutton, APRIL Board Chairman, was delighted Professor Pluske agreed to take up the APRIL positions, with Murdoch University’s backing.
“There are exciting research prospects ahead for the pork industry and John’s sound research background and international reputation augers well for meeting the high goals and KPI’s we’ve set for APRIL,” Mr Mutton said.
David Morrison, Murdoch University Deputy Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation, said the University was committed to agriculture and research.
This opportunity is a win for the pork industry and enables Murdoch University to retain one of our prominent researchers, which is fantastic for our research capability and for our students,” Professor Morrison said.

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 Prof John Pluske, APRIL Chief Scientist and CEO.

APRIL signing Dennis Mutton & David Morrison

APRIL Chairman Dennis Mutton and Murdoch University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, David Morrison, sign the agreement between APRIL and Murdoch for the appointment of Prof John Pluske as APRIL Chief Scientist and CEO.

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Industry Placement Program Starts in APRIL

Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited (APRIL) is considering eight applications from Australia and New Zealand, by producers, technology supply companies and veterinary groups, in the first call under APRIL’s Industry Placement Program (IPP).
APRIL Board has approved funding for education in 2018/19 to support IPPs, under a scheme similar to that successfully initiated in Co-operative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork, plus top-up postgraduate scholarships and honours projects.

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Dr Alice Weaver with Acting APRIL CEO Dr Roger Campbell at the 2018 Pan Pacific Pork Expo.

Dr Weaver’s University of Adelaide PhD was supported by Pork CRC and in 2016 she was the first Industry Placement Program appointment under South Australian Government funding to Pork CRC.

 APRIL projects to progress pigs and pork

Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited (APRIL) research and development projects for 2018/19 to enhance the competiveness and sustainability of the Australasian pork industry have now been announced.
APRIL funded projects to a total value of more than $900,000.
All successful applicants have now been advised, with all providing an additional 20 to 25 per cent cash contribution to the APRIL funding.

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 Mutton announces Peacock appointment to pork body

Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited Chairman Dennis Mutton has announced the appointment of Dr Tony Peacock as an Independent Director.
CEO of the Canberra-based Cooperative Research Centres Association since 2010, Dr Peacock is a former Managing Director of the Pig Research and Development Corporation and was CEO of a successful CRC for a decade.
A reproductive scientist, he holds a Bachelor degree in agriculture and a PhD in veterinary science from the University of Sydney.
Welcoming Dr Peacock to APRIL’s June Board meeting in Adelaide, Mr Mutton said he would add a significant skill set to the Board.

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Australasian Pork Research Institute Limited Chairman Dennis Mutton (left) welcomed newly appointed APRIL Board member Dr Tony Peacock at APRIL’s June Board meeting in Adelaide, South Australia.



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