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Two West Australian pig farmers have been jailed over their involvement in an illegal semen racket that smuggled huge quantities of Danish pig semen into Australia under the guise of shampoo.

Torben Soerensen, managing director at the GD Pork piggery, and Henning Laue, his production manager, were each sentenced to two years’ jail after pleading guilty to multiple charges of aiding the illegal importation of pig semen. Between 2009 and 2017 that semen was used to breed a veritable army of so-called “super sows”, according to The West Australian—inseminating at least 199 pigs and spawning more than 2,000

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