SARDI's Pigs and Poultry science program area has grown from the Pig and Poultry Production Institute, which was established at the University of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus in 1996 as a joint venture between:
The science program provides research and development in nutrition, housing, reproduction, health and welfare and meat hygiene for the pork, chicken meat and egg industries. Research expertise and technology developed for the pig and poultry industries aims to enhance the economic growth of the Australian pork and poultry industries, as well as expand education and training capabilities as part of it national research, development and extension commitments.
The R&D at Roseworthy is funded by SARDI, PIRSA, The University of Adelaide, national and state-based research and development funds, contracts with industry, user pays services to industry and government, charges for training courses and demonstrations, fees for lecturing and the sale of produce.
The Pigs & Poultry research program aims to assist industry to develop sustainable, cost and energy efficient production systems that meet consumer’s expectations of clean, healthy food produced in welfare friendly systems.
To achieve this aim, in regard to its client industries, the program seeks to
SARDI's Pigs & Poultry science program works in collaboration with industry, producers, consultant nutritionists, veterinarians, engineers and food and pharmaceutical manufacturers. It also has strong collaborative links with other research groups in the field, both nationally and internationally.
The Southern Star Poultry Alliance and Southern Pork Alliance, formed in 2012-13, built on the existing collaborations at The University of Adelaide Roseworthy Campus which consolidates resources from SARDI, PIRSA, the University of Adelaide and TAFE to provide a focus for livestock research, development and education.
SARDI's Pigs & Poultry research uses state-of-the-art, purpose built research and production facilities to provide
The Pigs & Poultry research team are part of the SARDI's Livestock and Farming Systems research division.
The main areas of research are
Areas of research and expertise within these programs are listed as project titles within the Research Projects section for each industry.
The Pigs & Poultry unit assists The University of Adelaide to meet the education needs of veterinary and animal science undergraduate and post graduate students from Australia and overseas and run poultry training courses for local and overseas groups.
Rural Solutions SA staff also provide advisory, consultancy and training services to industry.