How Swickers fire impacted the pork industry
THE Swickers Bacon Factory fire has disrupted the state's pork industry, according to Pork Queensland president John Coward.
Mr Coward said he gave full credit to Sunpork for how the fire was handled but it inevitably had an impact.
"From day one they had things in place with support from local government and businesses and it was a fantastic start to deal with the issue,” Mr Coward said.
"Because it dragged on for so long, there are a number of things that have caused problems.
"Slight oversupply of the product in the market, from a production point of view, is up in Queensland - pigs are growing.
"That's put pressure on the supply base and the inability to process all the pigs at Swickers.
"But in a couple of weeks that will be rectified.
"It can put pressure on the market when the pigs grow bigger than what you want them to be.”
Mr Coward said Swickers had respected its customers and made sure to slaughter customers' pigs in preference to its own.
He said the short weeks from public holidays had also impacted on the oversupply of pigs.
"Everybody will be looking forward to the finalisation to the export boning room and chilling capacity,” he said.
"Hopefully things will be back to normal.
"Pigs aren't like cattle - you can't just put them into the paddock for three months.”
Mr Coward said farmers would be happy when production was back to normal.