New Zealanders care about the welfare of farmed animals and the quality of local farming practices.
In 2010, the commercial pig farming industry introduced the PigCare
It is a world-class assessment of animal welfare that verifies the high standards of care New Zealand’s commercial pig farmers provide for their animals.
Every year, these standards are reviewed to enable farmers to incorporate the benefits of the latest innovations and best practices that support the health and wellbeing of their pigs. This ensures they are continually meeting and improving on New Zealand’s world-class farming standards.
As part of the programme, all commercial pig farmers in New Zealand are audited annually. The audit process is managed by Quality Consultants New Zealand Limited (QCONZ), an independent organisation with an established reputation in the primary industries.
The audit covers the whole farm, assessing the health and welfare of the pigs, the farm buildings and facilities, and management and husbandry practices. Standards under the programme are also cross-referenced to the duties of farmers under the Animal Welfare Act and the Animal Welfare (Pigs) Code of Welfare 2010.
Where assessors identify opportunities for improvement, they will recommend corrective actions designed to encourage practical, long-term practices that support animal welfare. These actions need to be completed in a fixed timeframe, usually less than three months.
Any breach of the standard or failure to undertake corrective actions can be reported to the MPI for investigation and result in withdrawal of the PigCare
Farmers who do not meet the PigCare
You have a choice when you buy pork products.
Not all pork, ham and bacon products sold in New Zealand are locally grown, meaning they don’t all meet the animal welfare standards established by the PigCare
Pork is imported to New Zealand from a wide variety of countries that have a range of farming standards. Imported pork only has to meet a government Import Health Standard which does not include any animal welfare standards.
Buying products marked with the PigCare