For Farmers

For farmers

New Zealand Pork represents commercial pig farmers in New Zealand. We work to facilitate our farmers’ abilities to run their businesses effectively. To do this, we purchase and provide services on behalf of and for the industry.

All farmers have a say in what our business goals are and subsequent services need to be, and we are guided by a five-year action plan that is reviewed each year.

It is important to remember that we have no role in private good activities. Our focus is on our farmers and providing benefits for the entire industry. We do not own or trade in pig products, and cannot intervene in commercial activities or influence the schedule price.

Our objectives are to represent, advocate for and defend the interests of pig farmers in New Zealand. We aim to promote and maintain the reputation of the industry and its products.



Regulations and Guidelines

Commercial pork production in New Zealand is governed by a number of regulations and supported by best practice guidelines and manuals. While it is the responsibility of the business owner or their agent to ensure that all regulations relating to commercial pig farming are adhered to, we provide access to regulations and advice as requested.

Some important and relevant legislation and regulations to the industry include:

  • Biosecurity Act 1993
  • Animal Welfare Act 1999
  • Animal Welfare codes of relevance to the industry, including Pigs Code of Welfare 2010, Commercial Slaughter Code 2010, Transport Code 2011, Painful Husbandry Procedures Code 2005.
  • Animal Products Act 1999
  • Food Act 1981
  • Resource Management Act 1991.

Useful resources

Here you can find links to range of resources that may be useful. If you are unable to find what you’re looking for, or have a suggestion for what should be included, please contact us.


PigCare for farmers

Registering for PigCare has benefits for you, your pigs and the consumers you sell your products to.

PigCare accreditation provides you with the assurance that you are providing for the welfare of the pigs that you farm, including meeting or exceeding New Zealand’s animal welfare standards.

It entitles the pork you produce to be labelled with the PigCare logo thus providing retailers and consumers with the assurance that the pork you produce has been farmed to high animal welfare standards.

How do I register my farm for PigCare?

We encourage all producers to download and the use the information below as part of their daily operations.