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About 500 sows and their piglets have died in a piggery fire in Queensland
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2013, 04:36:35 PM »
Fire, floods slam Queensland piggery

  ABC Rural  By Eliza Rogers

About 500 sows and their piglets have died in a piggery fire in south-east Queensland, just nine months after the same business lost 3,000 pigs in floods.

The blaze started in a shed at the Burnett Pork Alliance pig farm on the Mundubbera Durong Road on Thursday morning, and was extinguished late in the afternoon.

The business, which runs about 3,500 sows across three sites in the region under two owners, has suffered millions of dollars' worth of damage from floods and now fire.

  Video still: Close up of pigs at Blantyre Farms piggery, near Young NSW. Taken 25 October 2012. height=227 Photo: Hundreds of sows and piglets have perished in a piggery fire near Mundubbera in south-east Queensland (file photo) (ABC News)   

President of Pork Queensland, John Coward, says support is being gathered for the business.

He says numbers have been just getting back on track for the fast-breeding operation, but the latest blow is a huge setback.

"Very, very tragic and unfortunate, very emotional for the owners," he said.

"So this tragedy comes on top of a significant financial impact from the floods - quite devastating.

"I'm coordinating efforts between Australian Pork, Pork Queensland and the Queensland Government, so we'll be providing these people with as much support as we can."

Investigations are continuing.


http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-18/piggery-fire/5031654