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Free Range Pork a Growth Area for West Australia

7 October 2015, at 12:00am

AUSTRALIA - Outgoing West Australian Pork Producers’ Association President, Richard Evison, highlighted the growth of free range pork in his report to WAPPA’s 2015 AGM.

Mr Evison, of Westpork, who did not offer himself for re-election after 12 years on the Executive, stood down at last week’s AGM and was replaced on WAPPA’s Executive Committee by Emalyn Loudon of Cuballing, who joined producers Graeme Dent, also of Cuballing, Dawson Bradford of Popanyinning, Torben Soerensen of GD Pork and Dean Romaniello of Craig Mostyn Group.

A new President will be elected at WAPPA’s next Executive Committee meeting.

“I believe free range pork is still a growth area, with WA continuing to supply eastern Australia,” Mr Evison said.

Speaking about quality standards in the industry, he declared he was a strong advocate of Australian Pork Limited’s APIQ programme, which he said provided food integrity and consumer confidence, but he questioned APL’s move to include environmental compliance.

“It’s already covered by other authorising bodies and this move risks over burdening producers with duplicate requirements and moves away from its core value.

“I believe the APIQ programme needs to be embraced by all pork producers for it to have value to industry and consumers,” Mr Evison said.

WAPPA Executive Officer, Jan Cooper, in her report to the AGM, highlighted several key issues she was tackling, including biosecurity, a second labour agreement and barriers to growth, especially ‘red tape’ and the cost of doing business.

“It is very clear that the expected growth in the pork industry will stall if planning and environmental approvals get in the way to the extent they have with some current well known cases,” Ms Cooper explained.

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