Gilt Selection

WESTPORK’S PARTNERSHIP WITH CEFN AND PIC AUSTRALIA ENSURES A CONSTANT FLOW OF SUPERIOR GENETICS CONTINUOUSLY ENTER OUR BREEDING HERDS.
  • Large white, Landrace and Duroc breeds form the basis of Westpork’s herd. Pure lines and first crosses provide the right mix of reproductive performance and growth potential.
  • Gilts are selected at 20 weeks of age when they’re approximately 130 kg. Qualities to look for at selection include litter size, growth rate and conformation.
  • Once gilts are selected for breeding they are identified with an ear tag and vaccinated against a range of endemic diseases. A booster vaccination is given three weeks later and they’re ready for transfer to the breeder farm.
  • Since breeding animals have close contact with stockpeople it’s important that they are handled quietly and confidently. All stockpeople are trained in ProHand®, a professional handling program aimed at reducing stress and improving welfare and productivity.
  • Westpork places a strong emphasis on training its stockpeople to provide the highest quality care for our animals. Our veterinarians deliver training on topics relevant to each farm and additional training opportunities are provided off-farm, including the Certificate III in Pork Production course.