Westpork takes over Pinjarra pork operations

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WA’s biggest pork producer Westpork is taking over GD Pork operations in Pinjarra and Kojonup, with plans to significantly upgrade the waste treatment systems at both piggeries.

Danish-owned GD Pork was placed into voluntary administration in November following a dramatic fall in pork prices nationally.

GD Pork is also facing charges with allegations the company illegally imported pig semen into WA over a number of years.

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

Mr Ferguson said Westpork was growing its business for its key customers and this strategic acquisition enhanced Westpork’s ability to fulfil its customers’ requirements.

“We are confident the demand for pork will keep growing after the recent turnaround in market conditions,” Mr Ferguson said.

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.

Combined with Westpork’s existing operations, Westpork will supply around 45 per cent of WA’s pork production.

Westpork would work with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to upgrade the waste treatment systems at both sites.

In discussions with the Department as part of the due diligence undertaken by Westpork, shortcomings were identified in the waste treatment systems at Kojonup and Pinjarra.

Westpork is undertaking upgrades to the systems to meet the highest waste treatment standards.

The sale is expected to be completed by the end of January.