Recovery starts at a Mundubbera piggery
BURNETT Pork Alliance has moved quickly to guarantee the wellbeing of their employees and remaining livestock after a fire broke out at a Mundubbera piggery yesterday.
Temporary housing and birthing booths for the remaining animals is being organised and counsellors are being made available to help employees through the trauma.
Two vets have also been flown in to help manage the welfare of the surviving animals and to ensure bio-security.
President of Pork Queensland and a director of Australia Pork John Coward said yesterday's fire was devastating.
"Up to 500 pigs were killed in the fire or have been destroyed," Mr Coward said.
"This has been a real trauma.
"The workers there relate to their animals.
"The workers are nurturing and caring people.
"Mundubbera is a breeding site and the people who work there like working with mother pigs."
Mr Coward said the industry had moved quickly to support BPA during this time and producers and key industry bodies will meet on Monday to work on a recovery plan.
The fire was a big blow for BPA following substantial losses during January's floods.
"They were just starting to see light at the end of the tunnel with their production and pig prices were on the up," Mr Coward said.
"They are just distraught with the personal and financial loss.
"They are probably not even thinking yet about the financial loss.
"After the floods, it was like losing your house and job and they have worked hard to get it back and now it is like losing it all again.
"It is just devastating and we are trying to do the best we can."
Work is now being undertaken to recover the carcasses of the dead livestock and bury them.