A $1 million grant from the South Australian government will go towards expanding the animal welfare research facilities at the University of Adelaide's Roseworthy campus.
Roseworthy is home to one of Australia's leading free-range pig and poultry research facilities, as well as the headquarters of the Pork Cooperative Research Centre.
The grant comes during renewed scrutiny in to pig farming practices, including the use of sow stalls or 'gestation crates'. The practice is being banned in certain states and consumer demand is driving better welfare practices for farmed animals.
The money will be used to develop a remote animal behaviour monitoring system, an improved climate control system, and upgrades of the free-range poultry facility.
Professor Wayne Hein, Dean of Roseworthy campus, welcomed the grant.
“We have an outstanding collaborative hub at Roseworthy with some of the best animal science researchers in the country working at this site,” Professor Hein said.
“Roseworthy is also the headquarters of the Pork Cooperative Research Centre. The strong alignment with the CRC on campus means that industry engagement in the research undertaken on the campus is seamless and beneficial to all parties.
“This funding will help establish the highest standards of animal welfare in animal production systems.”