We love pork. The pale pink meat tend to have slightly higher fat contents than other meat but that makes the pork delicious  and versatile. Here are some interesting  100% NZ pork Facts and Figures FYI

 

1st place as the world’s favourite meat protein

 

30,000 sows farmed commercially in New Zealand

 

726,400 piglets weaned in 2012

 

Around 60% of pig farms are in the South Island (due to grain availability, and rainfall and soil conditions that are conducive to breeding outdoors)

 

20% of meat eaten in New Zealand is pork, ham or bacon

 

Around 45% of pork meat and pork products sold in New Zealand is imported

 

Upsow productivity and average pig weight is on the rise

 

DOWNpig production (numbers) is falling

 

Around 40% of sows are farmed outdoors

 

Up to 5 days – number of days a sow may be kept in a farrowing crate before giving birth

 

Up to 4 weeks – number of weeks a sow can be in a farrowing crate with her newborn piglets

 

Up to 4 weeks – the time a mated sow can currently be cared for in a gestation stall (as part of the phase out of gestation stalls)

 

0 days – a sow can be cared for in a gestation stall from December 2015

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