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Australian pork sector invests in R&D

By Ed Bedington , 18-Sep-2012

Australian pork sector invests in R&D

The Australian pork industry is investing in the industry’s future with a series of honours and postgraduate places up for grabs.

More than AUS$7m has been invested in research and development through CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC) and the organisation is now looking for postgraduate students.

Dr Roger Campbell, Pork CRC chief executive, said they were now looking for a student for a particular project: “The successful applicant will study piglet nutrition and management [as part of] new housing and weaning systems we’re developing and also enjoy travel and training opportunities with our international collaborators and participants.”

Applications are also being sought for students to work on a project looking at optimising the processing of grains to enhance feed efficiency and reduce carbon outputs.

Postgraduate awards, valued at AUS$38,500 per year, comprise an AUS$28,500 stipend and AUS$10,000 student development, with AUS$5,000 of the development funds held by the Pork CRC for student programmess, including travel, training courses.

Pork CRC is also seeking honours students for Program 1 (Confinement-free sow and piglet management), Program 2 (Herd Health Management), Program 3 (Healthy Pork Consumption) and Program 4 (Carbon conscious nutrient inputs and outputs).

Undergraduate (honours) awards carry a stipend of AUS$10,000, with half paid to the student and half covering operational costs.

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