Advocating for robust biosecurity controls to protect New Zealand's pork industry

High health status

New Zealand's commercial pig farming industry is internationally recognised for its high-health status.

New Zealand's pig herd is largely disease free compared to many other pork producing countries. This is a big competitive advantage.

Our biggest job at NZPork is working to protect this status from the risk of a disease incursion. Major threats include African swine fever (ASF) as well as other diseases such as porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), both of which could devastate the industry.

What we do

The sector constantly monitors pig heath and disease outbreaks internationally.

Our commercial pig farmers take stringent measures around movement of animals, people and vehicles. In New Zealand, all movements of animals should be documented using the appropriate Animal Status Declaration forms. There is a specific ASD form for pigs. You can order a book of pig ASD forms by contacting us or you can be set up to do this electronically by going here.

NZPork also advocates for robust biosecurity controls. In 2014, NZPork signed the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) Deed based on a mandate from commercial farmers. This gives the industry a voice in decision-making and requires a commitment to share in resourcing.

We also work closely with the Ministry for Primary Industries to ensure there are robust border controls in place and the industry is best prepared in the event of any incursion.

What you can do

Live pigs cannot be imported to New Zealand, but disease could get into our herd through imported meat products.

That is why there are strict regulations that make it illegal to feed pigs waste food containing untreated meat scraps. Part of our role is to ensure that all non-commercial pig farmers, including those who keep them as pets or as part of a lifestyle farm, are kept informed about pig health and the rules around feeding.

In short, don’t feed pigs food waste containing untreated meat or that has been in contact with untreated meat. Full details on treating waste food for pigs are available at

Anyone who notices any unusual symptoms in domestic or wild pigs should report it to their vet or to MPI’s pest and disease hotline on 0800 809966.