Current projects

Industry Priority Projects 2020

  1. Heat tolerance (HT) in lactating sows: dietary strategies, metabolic biomarkers and microbiome signature (Project Leader: Professor Eugeni Roura, The University of Queensland).
  2. Hot and bothered! Long term impacts of late pregnancy heat stress on sows and progeny (Project Leader: Dr Kate Plush, CHM Alliance).
  3. Easing the weaning transition: large piglets from large pellets (Project Leader: Mr Robert Hewitt, CHM Alliance).
  4. Use of thermographic technology to detect reproductive state in sows and improve piglet performance in a commercial farrowing house [Project Leader: Dr Jessica Craig, Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd].
  5. Food Waste to Pig Feed – Safe and Bio-secure (Project Leader: Dr Valeria Torok, SARDI; a joint project with the Fight Food Waste CRC).

Innovation Projects 2019

What sensory attributes are most critical for consumer evaluation within an Australian Pork eating quality program? Professor Frank Dunshea, The University of Melbourne.

Real-time, in-field water testing. Dr Louise Edwards, Ridley.

Low dose dietary strategies in late gestation to enhance born alive and piglet survival and performance. Dr Jessica Craig, Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd.

Development of a Streptococcus suis vaccine via measurement of immune responses to four different Streptococcus suis vaccine preparations, using an Australian cps2 ST25 strain. DrMark O’Dea, Murdoch University.

Oral means of increasing endogenous GH levels and enhancing the performance and carcass characteristics of growing pigs. Dr Fan Liu, Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd.

Using algal extracts to improve weaner growth performance and digestibility. Sarah Haberecht, Ridley.

Insect meal from pork processing derived material. Dr Kristy DiGiacomo, The University of Melbourne.

Improved piglet performance as a result of a novel marine microbial additive. Robert Hewitt, SunPork Solutions.

Investment Round 1 2017-2018: funded projects


 A1-101 – Novel approaches for reducing antimicrobial resistant and pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria in the porcine gut –  Sam Abraham – Murdoch University

A1-102 – Proof of concept: Oral Fluids and quantitative assessment for Porcine Chronic Respiratory Disease (PCRD) in Australian field conditions – Anke Woeckel – Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd

A1-103 – Improving enteric health, understanding impact on gut microbiome and weaner performance through the use of protease enzymes – Robert Hewitt – SunPork North

A1-106 – A lab on a chip for real time pain and animal welfare biomarker measurement – Robyn Terry – SARDI


 A2-101 – Protected vitamin and mineral premixes maintain performance of commercial pigs at reduced inclusion rates – Rob Hewitt – SunPork North


3A-101 – Improved feed efficiency, control of P2 back fat and maintenance of pork quality in finishing pigs fed bitter extracts – Eugeni Roura – University of Queensland

3A-102 – Review relationship between energy intake and protein deposition in 60-100 kg pigs with modern genetics using DXA scanner – Fan Liu – Rivalea (Australia) Pty Ltd

3A-103 – Feeding a single diet to pigs in the grower/finisher stage to reduce feed costs and improve feed efficiency – Karen Moore – PIWA


A 3B-101 – Using GnRH analogues for fixed-time AI and pregnancy support to address seasonal infertility in sows – Sean O’Leary – University of Adelaide

A 3B-102 – Nutritional supplementation to increase the number of pigs weaned and fertility of sows which farrow and are mated during summer / early autumn – William van Wettere – University of Adelaide

A 3B-103 – Identifying reciprocal chromosomal translocations to reduce early embryo mortality – Darryl D’Souza – SunPork Solutions

A 3B-104 – Seasonal fertility: a novel approach to alleviating seasonal infertility in sows – Kate Plush – SunPork Solutions

A 3B-105 – Effects of negative DCAD and vitamin D in transition diets to increase piglet weaning numbers, improve piglet weaning weight, and minimise sow condition loss during lactation – Alice Weaver – Myora Farms