Pig industry day draws crowd

Pig industry day draws crowd


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THE pork sector may be going through one of its most challenging periods, but that did not stop a strong crowd of more than 100 people attending the Barossa Weintal at Tanunda today for the SA pig industry day.

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THE pork sector may be going through one of its most challenging periods, but that did not stop a strong crowd of more than 100 people attending the Barossa Weintal at Tanunda today for the SA pig industry day.

Presentations looked at issues such as managing bigger litters and maximising pork eating quality.

The spread of African Swine Fever was also covered, along with prospects for producers in 2019.

It was also announced at the meeting that the state government was supporting the pork industry by providing $12,750 for the "accidental counsellor" program Pork SA has been working on.

The program trains agribusiness service providers to act as counsellors.

Pork SA chairman Mark McLean said the organisation recognised that while there were many services provided by the health system, for farmers exposed to hardship, there was not an easy pathway into these services.

"The accidental counsellors can provide frontline assistance to identify those in need," he said.

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