Pig­gery per­ils

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

PIG­GERIES in Mun­dub­bera were do­ing well un­til flood wa­ters took the an­i­mals on a tur­bu­lent and deadly jour­ney.

Bur­nett Pork Al­liance and Rob and Sally Wells’ pig­geries have suf­fered huge losses.

“Of our 2000 pigs, we’ve rounded up about 200,” Mrs Wells said.

“But peo­ple are ring­ing us say­ing they have found some of our pigs.

“There are lots that are worse off than us.”

Work­ers at Bur­nett Pork Al­liance pig­gery let their pigs out as flood wa­ters ap­proached to give them a chance of sur­vival.

The wife of pig­gery man­ager Dave Innes, Tammi, said when there was noth­ing more they could do, they went up the hill and waited on top of a tank for 16 hours as flood­wa­ters sur­rounded them.

Win­ston and Rose-Ann Chan and their two-yearold son Matthew were among those rescued by a heli­copter.

All they had with them was a bag of clothes.

“Rose-Ann and Matthew are stay­ing with me,” Mrs Innes said.

“Dave and the men were chop­pered back out to­day (Tues­day) to find live sows and piglets, clean out one shed to house them and re­move the dead an­i­mals.

“I don’t know when they’ll be back.”

Mr Innes has­worked in the pig in­dus­try for 20 years and is dev­as­tated.

On a lighter note, Mrs Innes said 12 of the pigs had turned up alive at the Golden Or­ange Ho­tel in Gayn­dah.

“When the lady rang I said they’d have to be Dave’s pigs – they’re look­ing for a beer!”

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