South Burnett pig farmer embracing different perspectives
EMBRACING new technology and innovations is key for South Burnett pig farmer Tracey Anderson.
Mrs Anderson resides at her family's 500 sow farrer-to-finish farm in Hivesville, which has doubled production from 250 sows three years ago.
"I love the people and it is an industry that embraces change and I love that we are always looking at how we can do things better,” she said.
"We work really hard to produce a really high quality product.”
In 2018 Mrs Anderson was part of Australian Pork Industry's inaugural leadership course which gave her the opportunity to travel to Denmark and understand their industry.
"Denmark's farm system is so similar to Australia's, for me, in that there are a lot of family farms - that was really valuable,” she said.
"I could compare what the farms in Denmark were doing as far as being innovative and embracing new technologies to where we are at as an industry in Australia.”
Mrs Anderson said while Denmark's farms were genetically superior to back home the differences in the industry provide great insight.
"Anything that makes you think about things in a different way and have a different perspective is only good because you can get growth, understanding, knowledge and skills and anything that improves that is a good thing,” she said.
Since returning home, Mrs Anderson has been sharing her knowledge with others presenting to 40 of the most influential people in the Australian pork industry, at QRRRWN and at the South Burnett Ag Network Forum hosted by BIEDO.
Mrs Anderson loves to share her passion and educate people on an industry which she believes is commonly misunderstood.
"There is a lot of innuendo around the pork industry and some people don't really understand it and get what we do but it is a really positive industry that I love to be part of,” she said.
"Because we have challenges that maybe some other industries don't like we have had feed challenges, activist challenges and we have to face them.”