APSA President's Report
The Australasian Pig Science Association (APSA) was established in 1987 to provide a forum for excellence in science related to all aspects of the pig industry and hosts the APSA conference every two years. The 16th APSA conference held in 2017 marked 30 years since the first APSA conference was held in Albury, NSW. Since its inception, the ASPA conference has continued to grow both in size and in recognition for the quality of papers presented. The 16th APSA conference was attended by more than 300 delegates from 20 countries with over 100 papers presented by invited and contributing authors. The success of APSA and the APSA conference may still be attributed to the dedication and foresight of the original founding committee members for which we are grateful. I would also like to thank the previous organising committee for their time and dedication to ensure the continued success of the APSA conference.
I would also like to recognise and thank our Principal sponsors, Australian Pork Limited and the Pork CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork, our Diamond sponsor, DSM and all of our Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. Without their generosity and support, producing the APSA conference would be impossible.
Preparations for the 17th APSA conference to be held in November 2019 are already under way, the dates and location for which will soon be announced. As is the tradition at the APSA conference, no concurrent sessions are programmed, enabling all delegates the opportunity to be present for all papers. All accepted APSA conference papers are peer-reviewed and published as a special edition of Animal Production Science, affording greater exposure for authors and their esteemed work. A call for papers will be issued early in 2019 and we look forward to receiving your submission. More details of speakers and conference topics will be provided in due course.
Finally, I would like to announce an addition to APSA and introduce Emalyn Loudon as the APSA Executive Manager. Much to the credit of the previous committees, APSA and the APSA conference have continued to grow where ongoing support is required. Those that have served on the APSA committee know only too well the amount of time and dedication that are required! Emalyn will provide support to the APSA committee and is available to assist with enquiries from members. Please join me in welcoming Emalyn to this new position and on behalf of the APSA committee, I sincerely hope that you will be able to join us at the 17th APSA conference in 2019.