Toowoomba author Don Talbot ghost tales author Don Talbot has a new book with a South Burnett connection.
Toowoomba author Don Talbot ghost tales author Don Talbot has a new book with a South Burnett connection. Kevin Farmer

South Burnett producers feature in new book

SOUTH Burnett pig producers feature in a new book by Toowoomba-based author Don Talbot on the history of pigs and pig farming.

His new book, There's Money in Pigs, outlines the work and struggles which pig producers have faced in raising their stock and getting it to market.

Mr Talbot wrote the book to recognise the efforts of pig producers who he believed had been poorly treated by the media in Queensland, compared with those involved in beef and wool.

"It is high time the efforts of a hard-working section of people are acknowledged,” he said.

The 266 page illustrated book of the history of pigs in Australia since the arrival of the First Fleet mentions Champney and Trout of Wooroolin, the Brosnans of Biloela. Kewpie Pig Enterprises and work at the Biloela Research Station.

There are also stories of the Williams family at Miles, Bjarnesen family of Cabarlah, the Barrons of Cooyar, the Frankes of Cawdor, the Douglas family of Goomeri, Cec Shannon of Oakey, the Hudson and Fowler families of Toowoomba, the Jones family of Clifton and the Briskeys of Pittsworth.

NEW BOOK: Toowoomba-based author Don Talbot has a new book.
NEW BOOK: Toowoomba-based author Don Talbot has a new book. Contributed

Mr Talbot said there was also stories of KR Darling Downs, and some rogues in the industry and the changes that had to be made in the show ring.

The book details how the medical profession has benefited from pigs being used in organ transplants with humans as well as providing skin grafts for burns victims.

There's Money in Pigs will be launched at a meeting of the Garden City branch of National Seniors Australia at 9.30am on Monday, July 15 at the Drayton Bowls Club.

Visitors, who can also enjoy morning tea, are welcome and reservations should be made with Hazel Gillies on 4635 4519.