In the early 1980’s Paul and Dale Brosnan operated under the trading name of Bettafield, taking the existing piggery to 400 head. As was the norm, pigs were housed in the same area from birth to bacon, however Paul and Dale’s innovative nature led them to accept invitations to veterinary conferences where they learnt of the benefits of three site production, namely the minimisation of disease carry over between pigs of varying age groups.
The couple’s application to the local council to convert the original facilities to a breeder site only was successful and they went on to buy out Paul’s parents’ share in 1997.
By the year 2000 the piggery was home to 1200 sows enjoying the comforts of a purpose built nursery and 14 finisher sheds. The BettaPork piggery is no less than a state of the art facility with animal welfare the number one consideration.
As the Australian pork industry moved to phase out sow stalls in favour of group housing, Paul and Dale were faced with an economic disaster through reduced numbers while redesigning the existing buildings. In their own words, they “bit the bullet” and built a new site with the first pregnant sows introduced to the new farrowing facility in April 2014. It was at this time the family committed to building a biogas plant and were well on their way to complete self sufficiency.