Pork

Greater protection needed from African swine fever – pork industry

[6 September/Radio NZ] New Zealand Pork has called for better border protection against the spread of African swine fever. It is a disease that was moving through China and Eastern Europe. China media has reported that since early August, thousands of pigs had died or been culled after several cases of the disease were found....

Bacon back in latest country of origin labelling proposal

[27 August/Stuff] The Primary Production Select Committee recommended cured meats such as bacon and ham be included in the Consumers’ Right to Know Bill. This would mean bacon would require country of origin labels. This was a change on its interim report which excluded such products. NZ Pork Chairman, Eric Roy, said the change showed...

Carter steps down early as NZ Pork chairman

[15 May/The Country] New Zealand Pork Chairman, Ian Carter, has stepped down before the end of his tenure and said the direction some in the industry wanted to take was not one he felt comfortable steering. He added the job was initially very satisfying but the world had changed dramatically and the need to understand...

Kiwi pigs can fly to Australia

[12 March/Farmers Weekly] Access and certification for uncooked pork exports to Australia have been agreed by the Ministry for Primary Industries. NZ Pork Chairman, Ian Carter, said that although Australia is a big pork importer, New Zealand had never been on their radar. He added that this was a good opportunity to explore export markets,...

New Zealand pork soon to be on Australian tables

[6 March/NZ Farmer] According to New Zealand Pork Chairman, Ian Carter, New Zealand Pork will soon be sold in Australia for the first time in a niche market. He noted that the amount the industry hoped to sell depended on how successfully exporting companies took up the opportunity. Pork exports are limited to few markets...

Do you know where your bacon comes from? (It’s probably Spain)

[24 July/ Stuff] New Zealand-sold bacon labelled as manufactured in New Zealand is likely from a pig raised in an intensive farming factory overseas. New Zealand produces 45,000 tones of pig meat annually, but imports 65,000 tonnes of pork. Pork Industry Board Chairman Ian Carter said most imported pork is made into small goods such...

Brexit virus in pork could already be in New Zealand

[27 May/ NZ Herald] The Brexit virus is a potentially deadly bug linked to pork and smallgoods, which attacks the liver and nervous system, and in extreme cases can cause serious illness and even death. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is warning people to cook pork products thoroughly, as the 65,760 tonnes of pig...

Ngaruawahia piggery fire sparks animal rights vigil

[3 April/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Helping You Help Animals Charitable Trust (HUHA) has mourned the death of 50 pigs in a piggery fire by lining a fence with 1,500 names. The animal rights group hoped that the Ministry for Primary Industries would push for change around intensive farms and factory farms to better protect...

Backyard pigs pose biggest threat to industry – New Zealand Pork

[19 February/ Rural News] NZ Pork Chairman, Ian Carter said backyard pigs on farms or properties posed the biggest threat of foot and mouth disease entering the country, if the operators of the farms did not know the food regulations. Mr Carter said imported fresh pork posed one of the biggest risks, explaining that by...

European pork imports seen as risk to NZ

[26 January/ Otago Daily Times] New Zealand Pork Chairman, Ian Carter said the resumption of fresh pork imports from Europe posed not only a risk to the pork industry, but to the wider primary sector. Mr Carter said the organisation was not against the importation of meat, but that it was frustrated with the potential...

New welfare standards in pig farming

[4 December/ Rural News] New pig farming welfare standards have come into effect, meaning sows and gilts must not be confined in stalls during pregnancy. The use of mating stalls for service is permitted, but for no longer than one week. NZPork has put in place a traceability system to give consumers the confidence that...

Pork industry brings home the bacon

[20 August/ Radio NZ Rural] New Zealand Pork Chairman, Ian Carter said the industry has been reaping the benefits of the dairy downturn and high beef prices. Mr Carter said domestic produce had become even more competitive due to the higher price of beef, with consumers purchasing pork as a more cost-effective option. Mr Carter...

New Zealand farmed pork loses ground to imports

[20 April/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] The percentage of imported pork in New Zealand has again increased, hitting 52 percent in January. NZPork Chairman, Ian Carter said the industry is under seige from a number of areas, with the cost of production constraining the industry’s ability to be competitive on world markets. Mr Carter said...

NZPork courts consumer

[14 April/ Rural News] NZPork Chairman Ian Carter said the company’s annual report highlighted the importance of the New Zealand consumer to the future of its business. Mr Carter said the industry and its production standards and systems are not understood by consumers, with transparency needed to build consumer confidence. Projects to enable a better...

Pork industry signs biosecurity deal

[23 July/ Radio New Zealand Rural] The pork industry signed a new biosecurity agreement with the Government, where the industry shares the cost of biosecurity and in return obtains a larger influence on how the Ministry for Primary Industries conducts biosecurity relating to the sector. New Zealand Pork chairman, Ian Cater said that he had...

Pig farmers hit back over film

[4 July/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Christchurch pig farmers accused of keeping pigs in squalid, overcrowding conditions believe that they are victims of a setup, with the farm’s Nicola Chilton questioning the legitimacy of the footage. The Ministry for Primary Industries officials said that there were no dead animals or rats found during the Ministry’s...

NZ pork industry ‘cannot be trusted’

[30 June/ NZ Farmer] A TVNZ investigation produced footage of squalid and cruel conditions at a Christchurch pig farm, which included severe overcrowding with newborn piglets squashed to death in a farrowing crate, infected animals and a dead pig that had been left to rot among living animals. The animal rights group SAFE has called...

Disease fears raised over pig imports

[3 May/ Business Day] Industry body, New Zealand Pork, reports that 250 tonnes of pork from the US and 25 tonnes from the European Union has entered New Zealand in February, highlighted that US and European Union’s fresh pork imports threaten the disease free New Zealand pork industry with the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome...

Freshpork has perfect answer to imports

 [21 March/ FW Plus] Despite competition from imported pork, Freshpork general manager, John McDonald said that demand for its Perfect Pork label had grown strongly, with Foodstuffs stores trialling the label in Auckland and Wellington. Freshpork’s other label Freedom Farms is stocked nationwide. Mr McDonald said that it valued its exclusive supply arrangement with Foodstuffs,...

Pig farming is a ‘rewarding career’

 [15 March/ NZ Farmer Weekly] While mentioning that there are many employment opportunities in the industry, the New Zealand Pork chairman, Ian Carter said that his biggest challenge is encouraging young people to take up a career in the industry. Mr Carter’s 272ha property, which includes a 190-sow intensive piggery, produces 410 tonnes of meat...

US outbreak gave Canada ‘heads up’ on pig virus

 [17 February/ Globe and Mail, Canada] Canadian Swine Health Board Executive Director, Robert Harding, said that the emergence of the porcine epidemic diarrhoea in the US last year gave the industry and government in Canada a heads up and has helped slow the spread of the disease now it has arrived in Canada.  The disease...

Pork sector assurance Pork sector assurance

 [11 February/ Radio New Zealand Rural] New Zealand Pork Chair, Ian Carter, says that the closure and job losses at the Kiwi bacon and Huttons factory in Hamilton are unfortunate, but for the pork sector the positive news is that Heller’s will be retaining the key brands, production in New Zealand and there should be...

Goodman Fielder confirms 120 jobs to go in Hamilton closure

 [10 February/ NZ Herald] FIRST Union said that the loss of more than 120 jobs at the Huttons/Kiwi Bacon factory in Frankton were confirmed by Goodman Fielder. FIRST Union secretary Robert Reid said that the union representing 96 of the staff affected will work with the company and Government agencies to ensure workers receive full...

Pig-virus vaccine helping to curb deaths in US, manufacturer says

 [2 February/ Globe and Mail] A new drug developed to reduce deaths from the porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus is said to be showing promise at controlling the disease which has already killed more than a million young pigs in the US and has now been found in Canada.  The disease was only discovered in the...