A farmer’s son who was forced to sell his family’s pig farm after being told the animals would only live to be around 30 years old was left struggling to feed the pigs and feed the family.
The farm, in the southern state of Queensland, was sold in 2017 for $1.9 million after a $300,000 payment was made to the State Government.
The family has been working with a local farmer, Steve Tinkler, to build their own pig pen to feed their animals.
“We’re in the final stages of getting the barn up and running,” Mr Tink, who is also a retired veterinary surgeon, said.
“The pig pen is getting built, we’re starting with the animals.
“They’re going to be dying of starvation and they’re not going to get enough meat to survive, they’re just going to die in there. “
“So we’re doing our best to help them, to make sure they get the best possible feed. “
“But it’s very difficult. “
“You’re not only feeding the animals, you’re feeding your own family, and we’re not sure how you’re going. “
“It’s been a very tough time for us.” “
The farm was bought by a local businessman in 2016, Mr Tinkle said, who gave them the $1 million payment. “
It’s been a very tough time for us.”
The farm was bought by a local businessman in 2016, Mr Tinkle said, who gave them the $1 million payment.
The man has been farming his pig farm for the past 10 years, but Mr Tinker said they had been unable to make a profit.
“I’m sure the pigs are doing well,” he said.
The farmers have had a few problems with other animals, including a young bull who was left in a paddock for about two months.
The bull was eventually euthanased.
“What happens is when you have a lot of animals, there’s not much time for them to recover,” Mr Nunn said.
A local veterinarian, Dr Simon McLeod, said he could not comment on the pigs because the situation was still under investigation.
“Our vets are working with the owner to see if there are any other issues that might be affecting the animals and whether there are things that we need to do to address the problem,” he told The Australian.
“As far as we’re aware, this is the first case of pigs being slaughtered that we’ve seen in the last two years.”
If there are concerns about the welfare of any other animals at the farm, we will take them to our vet.
“A pig farm in the south-west of the state has also been in trouble.
Photo: Supplied “We’ve got four or five pigs in the pen, that’s a lot. “
That’s one of the problems, we’ve got lots of animals,” Mr McLeod said.
We’ve been trying to work out what’s going on and make sure that we have a good operation.” “
A lot of the animals are not eating because of the time they’re being put into it, it’s all very stressful for them.”
We’ve been trying to work out what’s going on and make sure that we have a good operation.
Mr Tickle said he was hopeful the farmers could get a new pig pen built soon. “
At the moment, we don’t have any income coming in, we just have to put the pigs on the feeder and let them go,” he added.
Mr Tickle said he was hopeful the farmers could get a new pig pen built soon.
“If we can do that and we can get a good animal pen built that will be a huge benefit to us,” he laughed.