WA’s biggest pro­ducer to run pig­gery

Narrogin Observer - - News - Shan­non Smith

The op­er­a­tions of Ko­jonup’s pig­gery, GD Pork, are to be taken over by West­ern Aus­tralia’s biggest pork pro­ducer, West­pork.

GD Pork was placed into vol­un­tary ad­min­is­tra­tion in No­vem­ber af­ter a dra­matic fall in pork prices na­tion­ally.

The sale of GD Pork, in­clud­ing the Ko­jonup and Pin­jarra pig­geries, will see a ma­jor up­grade to the waste treat­ment sys­tems.

West­pork chief ex­ec­u­tive Neil Fer­gu­son said the ac­qui­si­tion from the ad­min­is­tra­tor Fer­rier Hodg­son, would guar­an­tee the con­tin­ued op­er­a­tion of the two pig­geries.

“In dis­cus­sions with the De­part­ment of Water and En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tion as part of the due dili­gence un­der­taken by West­pork, short­com­ings were iden­ti­fied in the waste treat­ment sys­tems at Ko­jonup and Pin­jarra,” he said.

“West­pork is un­der­tak­ing up­grades to the sys­tems to meet the high­est waste treat­ment stan­dards. We are con­fi­dent the de­mand for pork will keep grow­ing af­ter the re­cent turn­around in mar­ket con­di­tions.”

GD Pork has the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce 65,000 pigs a year, with the Pin­jarra pig­gery hous­ing 2500 breed­ing sows and Ko­jonup 22,500 grow­ers.

With this ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing op­er­a­tions, West­pork will sup­ply about 45 per cent of WA’s pork.

Ex­ist­ing staff will con­tinue op­er­a­tions in the Great South­ern pig­gery.

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