MARTY and Karen Van Beek of Moora have been named Watsonia Contract Grower of the Year in the more than 4,000 baconers a year category.
The Van Beeks have been in pig production for many years and this year, 81.6 per cent of the baconers they supplied to Watson’s Livestock met its peak weight and grade schedule.
The family operates two sites.
For the fifth year in a row CA & EM Benson & Sons of Mingenew took the Contract Grower of the Year award in the less than 4,000 baconers category.
Westpork won the porker category, based on the highest percentage of pork pigs meeting Watson’s peak weight and grade schedule.
Four-time grower of the year winners Allan and Win Smith of Geraldton were presented a special award from Watsons in recognition of their contribution to the WA pork industry.
The Smiths are now retired from the industry.