The pig sector in Australia is an exciting and technologically advanced Rural Industry. New technologies and modern management practices have improved pig production and the sector is currently enjoying firm growth in export demand for its pork products, particularly to South-East Asia.
Pig production has become a specialised activity as market segments require exact carcass specifications. Production is increasingly being concentrated in the hands of specialist, large-scale producers capable of controlling genetics and formulation of feed to produce carcasses that the markets demand.
The majority of Australia's pigs are housed indoors creating a comfortable and efficient environment for both the animals and the workforce.
The industry requires competent and skilled piggery attendants to feed, water and care for pigs, supervisors to oversee the operations of the piggery, and managers to run business operations.