Pigs

The Western Australian pork industry comprises 12% of the national pig herd worth approximately $130 million at the farm gate and employing some 1500 people along the supply chain. The majority of product is used as fresh pork for the domestic market, with 20% exported to Singapore. The industry capitalises on the strong availability of feed grains (barley, wheat and lupins), and while the majority of pigs are housed indoors, there is a growing proportion reared under extensive and straw-based systems.

In line with national and international trends, there is a continual consolidation of the industry with an increasing number of pigs now being grown under contract with the processing sector. The priority for the industry is to reduce the cost of production whilst improving product quality to meet the demand for premium pork products both locally and in many Asian countries. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development supports the industry in achieving this by conducting research activities in partnership with WA universities and private industry.

The department's Pork Innovation Group is involved in research in a variety of areas including nutrition, carcass quality, meat quality, improving the post weaning growth check, environment and housing.

Articles

  • The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has created a sampling and post-mortem guide to assist veterinarians investigating pig disease. 

  • African swine fever (ASF) is a highly contagious virus that causes an often fatal disease in pigs and wild boar.

  • Classical swine fever (CSF), also known as hog cholera, is a highly contagious disease of pigs caused by a pestivirus. The disease only affects pigs and is exotic to Australia.

  • Australian sweet lupins (Lupinus angustifolius L.) are currently utilised as a valuable protein source in pig diets.

  • Pigs are much more sensitive to heat than other animals so during periods of hot weather it is important to look at ways to reduce heat stress.

  • Anthrax is a bacterial disease of animals, most commonly seen in cattle, sheep and goats.

  • Keeping pigs as pets or for production can be an extremely rewarding experience.

  • Brucellosis is an economically important bacterial disease of animals that can also affect people.

  • More than 60 livestock industries and government representatives joined forces on 2 May 2014 in Perth to work through their respective sectors’ preparedness to communicate and implement a national

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