Prices bite into pig­geries

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

Tough times in the Aus­tralian pork in­dus­try have claimed WA’s third-big­gest pig­gery GD Pork, which last week went into ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Although the Dan­ish-backed GD Pork, run by Tor­ben So­erensen, was at the cen­tre of re­cent charges for il­le­gally im­port­ing pig se­men, it is un­der­stood the com­pany’s col­lapse was a re­sult of crit­i­cally low prices across the pork in­dus­try.

GD Pork, formed by Mr So­erensen and a group of Dan­ish inves- tors in 2007, was run­ning 2500 sows in pig­geries at West Pin­jarra, Ko­jonup and Ke­mer­ton, pro­duc­ing about 5 per cent of the State’s pork.

WA Pork Pro­duc­ers As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Daw­son Brad­ford said he did not know the cause of GD Pork’s col­lapse and would not com­ment.

But he said many pork pro­duc­ers were find­ing it dif­fi­cult and were run­ning at a loss amid the over­sup­ply, while ris­ing grain prices had in­creased pro­duc­tion costs.

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