An initiative by Aussie Farms and Animal Liberation ACT

Piggeries across Australia: A snapshot of the industry

40 piggeries exposed so far: we've closed 2, with 38 still open. Know of one near you? Let us know.

Yelmah Piggery

Owned by: Tony Richardson     State: SA     Exposed: February 2016    Status: Open and operating

Exposed by Animal Liberation NSW in February 2016, Yelmah Piggery is a 450 sow breeder facility located near Hamley Bridge, South Australia. Footage from hidden cameras in 2015 and 2016 revealed workers hitting/smacking/kicking pigs and piglets, riding around on sows, artificially inseminating female pigs with tubes of semen, throwing piglets and cutting piglets' ears and teeth without pain relief. Dead pigs are dumped to rot on a large outdoor compost pile.

Girgarre Piggery

Owned by: Ian Connaughton / Don KR Castlemaine (George Weston Foods)     State: VIC     Exposed: December 2015    Status: Open and operating

Believed to be a breeder-only facility, with roughly 3200 sows as of 2008. Activists visited a number of times over a two year period, finding mother pigs confined in farrowing crates surrounded by numerous dead and dying piglets. The Victorian DEPI inspected the property after footage was provided by activists, but found that it was up to standard, with no breaches of animal welfare legislation.

Dublin Piggery

Owned by: Goss & Tiss families (Andgar Proprietors) / Pig Improvement Company (PIC)     State: SA     Exposed: May 2015    Status: Open and operating

A small farrow-to-finish piggery in Dublin SA, with farrowing crates and sow stalls showcasing common issues within the Australian pig farming industry: extreme prolonged confinement, injuries and deaths, decaying infrastructure, and surgical mutilation without anaesthetic (cutting pieces out of piglets' ears as a method of identification). One piglet was found severed in half next to another who had been partially eaten.

Korunye Park Piggery

Owned by: Dimitrios & Joannis Pounendis     State: SA     Exposed: April 2015    Status: Open and operating

Korunye Park Piggery contains two separate farrow-to-finish modules, each with farrowing crates and sow stalls. The piggery structures are dilapidated and covered in cobwebs and dirt. Aside from the usual issues of prolonged confinement, deaths, injuries and evidence of surgical mutilation without anaesthetic, numerous piglets appeared to be suffering a mange-like condition.

Willawa Piggery

Owned by: Gary Robert Powell     State: NSW     Exposed: March 2015    Status: Open and operating

A small farrow to finish piggery located at Grong Grong NSW, near Narrandera, with a two-level system where the farrowing crates are positioned on top of grower pens, so that the waste and afterbirth from the sows and piglets falls onto the grower pigs. In the sow stalls, pigs were found screaming and trying to escape. Outside, buckets of dead piglets and one dead grower were found.

Sheaoak Piggery

Owned by: Sheaoak Piggery Pty Ltd / Australian Pork Farm Group (APFG)     State: SA     Exposed: January 2015    Status: Open and operating

Sheaoak Piggery is one of (if not the) largest piggeries in South Australia, spread over 4 modules. The largest module was investigated in early 2014. Sows were found confined to farrowing crates and sow stalls on concrete and metal floors, unable to turn around, some with their dead or injured babies next to them. One sow stall contained two sows.

Nambeelup Piggery

Owned by: Craig Mostyn Farms     State: WA     Exposed: October 2014    Status: Open and operating

Nambeelup Piggery is a medium-sized farrow-to-finish farm approximately 70km south of Perth. One of the farrowing sheds was investigated in mid 2014. As is typical in many Australian pig farms, sows are confined to small cages on hard metal floors for weeks at a time, with their dead piglets left nearby.

Mindarra Piggery (module 1)

Owned by: Westpork     State: WA     Exposed: October 2014    Status: Open and operating

Mindarra Piggery, comprised of 4 separate modules, is WA's largest pig farm and has faced multiple charges of animal cruelty since 2007. In 2013 they were fined $225000. Investigation of module 1 by activists in mid 2014 found sows confined to metal cages, one with a painful prolapse; numerous sick and dead piglets (some in buckets); a broken water pipe continuously spraying cold water on sows and piglets; several rats seen amongst the pigs.

Narrogin Piggery

Owned by: Craig Mostyn Farms / Pearls P/L     State: WA     Exposed: October 2014    Status: Open and operating

Narrogin Piggery is a large grow-out facility just south of Narrogin WA, capable of containing up to 9500 pigs at a time. Investigated in mid 2014, pigs were found living in a build-up of their own excrement in tightly-packed concrete pens. A dead pig had been dragged outside one of the sheds.

Balpool Station Piggery

Owned by: Rivalea Australia     State: NSW     Exposed: October 2014    Status: Open and operating

Balpool Station Piggery, owned by Rivalea Australia, is located in a remote region of western NSW. It is one of the largest piggeries in NSW, spread over 6 modules from farrow to finish or "birth to bacon". Aside from the usual issues of prolonged confinement in small cages on hard metal floors, and the surgical mutilation of piglets without pain relief, multiple dead piglets and injured sows were found. One sow in particular was suffering from a large, deformed prolapse.

St Arnaud Piggery Units 2 & 3

Owned by: Rivalea Australia     State: VIC     Exposed: September 2014    Status: Open and operating

St Arnaud Piggery, owned by Rivalea Australia, is spread over two sites in St Arnaud, Victoria. Multiple sows were found with pressure sores from lying on the hard concrete floors, others had painful prolapses. Some were spray-painted with the words "CULL" or "ABORT". Several dead piglets had been left in the aisles, including one whose throat had been cut wide open, evidently by staff. Tails and ears of piglets are routinely cut without pain relief.

Aroora Enterprises Piggery

Owned by: Davis family (Aroora Enterprises)     State: SA     Exposed: September 2014    Status: Open and operating

Aroora Piggery is a standard 500 sow farrow-to-finish pig farm in Jervois, SA. The sows are confined to small metal cages within farrowing crates for up to 6 weeks at a time, on hard concrete and metal floors; at least one was found living in her own excrement. In several farrowing crates, the water pipes above were dripping continuously onto the sows.

Wasleys Tailem Bend Piggery

Owned by: Wasleys Piggery Pty Ltd / Australian Pork Farm Group (APFG)     State: SA     Exposed: September 2014    Status: Open and operating

A medium-sized farrow to finish piggery near Tailem Bend SA showcasing industry-standard cruelty, owned by one of SA's largest pig farming companies, Wasleys. There are no sow stalls, only group housing, and approximately 10-15 new eco sheds for weaners/growers/finishers. The piggery has infrared security cameras.

Wasleys Piggery

Owned by: Wasleys Piggery Pty Ltd / Australian Pork Farm Group (APFG)     State: SA     Exposed: August 2014    Status: Open and operating

Wasleys Piggery, near Mallala SA, is one of South Australia's largest pig farms, separated into 4 modules. The footage and photographs on this page are from the main breeding module, which features 16 sheds containing industry-standard farrowing crates, sow stalls and group sow housing.

Wellington Piggery

Owned by: F & MH Cazzolato     State: SA     Exposed: August 2014    Status: Open and operating

A very small and mostly empty piggery, believed to be in the process of closing down. A small number of occupied farrowing crates and grower pens. Sign at the back entrance reads "Trespassers will be shot and thrown into the shit pit". Several sick and malnourished stray cats were found living with the pigs.

Finniss Park Piggery

Owned by: Goss & Tiss families (Andgar Proprietors)     State: SA     Exposed: August 2014    Status: Open and operating

Finniss Park is a medium-sized farrow to finish piggery near Mannum, South Australia, featuring industry-standard farrowing crates and sow stalls. Among the findings were numerous sows with pressure sores, dead piglets, signs of fighting in group housing, pigs living in their own urine and excrement.

Light Piggery

Owned by: Unknown     State: SA     Exposed: July 2014    Status: Open and operating

Light Piggery is a small grower-only piggery located at Lower Light, South Australia. Being grower-only, its purpose is to fatten pigs to slaughter weight, having received the pigs from a breeding or farrow-to-finish piggery. Pigs are kept indoors for the entire time, packed into wooden pens. One pig had evidently died in the corner of a pen. Bones and insides of the pig were found spilling out into the aisle, with the remaining rotting flesh being eaten by other pigs, apparently having been left there for several days.

Deni Piggery

Owned by: David & Linda Donaldson     State: NSW     Exposed: June 2014    Status: Open and operating

Deni Piggery is a small (200 sow) farrow to finish pig farm in Deniliquin NSW, with industry-standard farrowing crates and sow stalls. The pig farm is filthy and cramped. One sow was found with a particularly bad rectal prolapse, another with a bleeding, untreated wound on her leg. In the sow stalls, sows were found lying in a thick build-up of their own faeces and urine.

Bungowannah Piggery

Owned by: Rivalea Australia     State: NSW     Exposed: June 2014    Status: Open and operating

Bungowannah is a small-medium piggery situated on the outskirts of Albury NSW, owned by Rivalea Australia, with industry-standard farrowing crates and sow stalls. Many dead piglets were found; a significant number of those deaths were caused by overlay, where the sow lies on top of and crushes the piglet due to the confines of the farrowing crate. Sows were found with pressure wounds and various conditions on their teats; one sow's teat had been torn completely open. Other sows were covered in flies.

Huntly Piggery

Owned by: Rivalea Australia     State: VIC     Exposed: June 2014    Status: Open and operating

Huntly Piggery is a large, multi-module pig farm at Huntly, north of Bendigo VIC. Footage and photographs were obtained within unit/module 3, depicting industry-standard farrowing crates, with sows confined to small metal cages. A number of dead piglets were found, including one with a gouged eye and stomach.

Culcairn Piggery

Owned by: Unknown     State: NSW     Exposed: June 2014    Status: Open and operating

Actual name of piggery unknown - the piggery is located within the region of Culcairn NSW. Culcairn Piggery is a small farrow-to-finish pig farm with industry-standard farrowing crates and sow stalls, and is accredited with the Australian Pork Industry Quality (APIQ) program. Dead piglets, injured and confined sows - your everyday Australian pig farm.

Selko Piggery

Owned by: Egbert Selten (Aldridge Pty Ltd)     State: NSW     Exposed: June 2014    Status: Open and operating

A small (500 sow), industry-standard, farrow to finish piggery just outside of Narrandera NSW. Group housing - no sow stalls. Numerous dead and dying piglets were found, and sows with injuries on their teats.

Grong Grong Piggery

Owned by: Pig Improvement Company (PIC)     State: NSW     Exposed: May 2014    Status: Open and operating

One of the largest piggeries in NSW, featuring the largest sow stall shed we've ever received footage from, with 8 rows of tiny metal cages stretching far into the distance, confining hundreds and hundreds of pregnant sows for up to 16 weeks at a time. Several piglets were found in pieces, and trolleys were found full of rotting piglet tails.

CEFN Breeder Piggery

Owned by: Jones family (CEFN Genetics)     State: QLD     Exposed: May 2014    Status: Open and operating

One of 3 breeding facilities owned by CEFN near Clifton, QLD. Between these three sites, CEFN confines 4000 sows to tiny metal and concrete cages within sow stalls and farrowing crates for the majority of their lives until slaughter. CEFN is owned by the family of Ian Jones, the former mayor of Clifton Shire, and supplies the Pilton Valley Pork brand of pig meat.

Brentwood Piggery

Owned by: Terence & Florence Reed     State: QLD     Exposed: May 2014    Status: Open and operating

Exposed by Aussie Farms and Animal Liberation QLD in May 2014, Brentwood Piggery near Dalby QLD is another example of industry-standard cruelty in farrowing crates, sow stalls and group sow housing. In the aisle of the farrowing crates, a severed piglet head was found; the rest of the body was nowhere to be seen.

Corowa Piggery & Abattoir

Owned by: Rivalea Australia     State: NSW     Exposed: May 2014    Status: Open and operating

The largest piggery in the southern hemisphere and the largest pig slaughterhouse in Australia, killing up to 1 million pigs per year.

Hidden cameras reveal the suffering behind the so-called "humane" stunning method of carbon dioxide gas.

Springview Piggery

Owned by: Geoffrey & Eileen Baker     State: NSW     Exposed: December 2013    Status: Open and operating

In late October 2013, a sow was discovered in a terrible condition, unable to move, with large bloody wounds on both of her front legs. She could not reach food or water. Many other sows were found with large untreated injuries, most of them in the apparently undersized sow stalls.

Templemore Piggery

Owned by: Walker & Rowntree Family (Windridge Farms)     State: NSW     Exposed: December 2013    Status: Open and operating

Exposed by Animal Liberation ACT in December 2013, Templemore Piggery is a large farrow to finish pig farm in Murringo NSW, just outside of Young, owned by Windridge. Templemore features a large, filthy group housing shed - the industry's new standard to eventually replace sow stalls.

Wonga Piggery

Owned by: Walker & Rowntree Family (Windridge Farms)     State: NSW     Exposed: December 2013    Status: Open and operating

Owned by the family of Edwina Beveridge, Wonga Piggery is one of the industry's best in terms of animal welfare, but this really means very little, with the apparently great welfare advancement of "group housing" shown to be nothing more than larger cages, where pigs still have very little room to move and are now vulnerable to frustration-induced aggression.

Golden Grove Piggery

Owned by: Edwina Beveridge (Blantyre Farms)     State: NSW     Exposed: November 2013    Status: Open and operating

Blantyre Farms' breeder facility, with sows and piglets confined to farrowing crates. Sows are routinely beaten and jabbed with oars and other implements by the staff, while piglets are thrown carelessly into trolleys as they are taken forcefully from their mothers.

Dead Horse Gully (DHG) Piggery

Owned by: Edwina Beveridge (Blantyre Farms)     State: NSW     Exposed: November 2013    Status: Open and operating

Dead Horse Gully (DHG) Piggery is Blantyre Farms' grower facility, with over a dozen large sheds of pigs aged 2-6 months. Pigs are crammed into overcrowded sheds where they do not see sunlight until they are being trucked off to the Cowra abattoir. Out of boredom, they eat at the stubs of each others' tails, leaving large bleeding wounds.

Cumbijowa Piggery

Owned by: Unknown     State: NSW     Exposed: October 2013    Status: Open and operating

A sow was discovered at this piggery with severe maggot-infested prolapses pushing through both her anus and vagina. As a result she was unable to sit down, and kept pacing back and forth and rubbing up against the back of her cage. There was no evidence that the wounds were being treated.

Wongalea Piggery

Owned by: Andrew Reilly (Reilly Pastoral Co)     State: QLD     Exposed: October 2013    Status: Open and operating

Wongalea Piggery in Quinalow QLD keeps pigs confined to tiny metal cages in farrowing crates alongside their dead and dying piglets for up to 6 weeks at a time, before moving them out to be forcefully reimpregnated.

Pine Park Piggery

Owned by: Agnes & Peter Cartwright (Pine Park Pig Co)     State: NSW     Exposed: October 2013    Status: Open and operating

Pine Park Piggery in Temora NSW keeps pigs confined to tiny metal and concrete cages in farrowing crates and sow stalls, showcasing industry-standard, legal cruelty.

Boen Boe Stud Piggery

Owned by: Charles & Elvira Zammit     State: NSW     Exposed: September 2013    Status: Open and operating

Boen Boe Stud Piggery at Joadja NSW keeps pigs confined to tiny metal and concrete cages in farrowing crates, many with bleeding wounds, beside dead and dying piglets; several sows had particularly severe cases of ear cutting, a painful process inflicted at a few days of age for identification purposes.

Strathvean Piggery

Owned by: Lloyd Gaskin & Lynette Meredith (Navhold Pty Ltd)     State: NSW     Exposed: September 2013    Status: Open and operating

Industry-standard pig farming: female pigs ('sows') confined to tiny metal and concrete cages known as sow stalls and farrowing crates, unable to turn around or take more than one step forward or backwards; dying and dead piglets; overcrowding of 'grower' pigs; general uncleanliness; and hard concrete floors for all the animals.

Lansdowne Piggery

Owned by: Ean Pollard (Westmill Products)     State: NSW     Exposed: June 2013    Status: Open and operating

Exposed by Animal Liberation ACT in June 2013. In one particular shed, somewhere between 700 and 1000 sows displayed signs of insanity while confined to sow stalls, screaming and thrashing. In August, more footage was released, showing dead and dying piglets in farrowing crates.

Allain's Piggery

Owned by: Allan & Elaine Howard     State: NSW     Exposed: August 2012    Status: Open and operating

First exposed by Animal Liberation after the Wally's Piggery exposé in August 2012, activists returned in May 2013 to collect further visual evidence. A smaller pig farm than Wally's and Tennessee, it exhibits many of the same industry-standard problems, with pigs confined to sow stalls and farrowing crates.

Tennessee Piggery

Owned by: Wally Perenc     State: NSW     Exposed: August 2012    Status: Closed by Animal Liberation ACT and NSW, and pressure from the Australian public

Wally's second pig farm showed many of the same problems as the first, with the addition of sow stalls. Animal Liberation activists captured footage here shortly after the Wally's Piggery exposé in August 2012, and returned to the farm in May 2013 to find that it was empty - it looked as though it had been for at least a few months.

Wally's Piggery

Owned by: Wally Perenc     State: NSW     Exposed: August 2012    Status: Closed by Animal Liberation ACT and NSW, and pressure from the Australian public

This sow-stall-free pig farm was in complete filth and disrepair, with many piglets and sows suffering injuries or death due to beatings by employees, the crumbling structure, and a high prevalence of disease. The owner bludgeoned his pigs to death with a sledgehammer for private sale. Over two months in 2012, Animal Liberation collected visual evidence.

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