Pork - managing the PigCare standard
In 2015 QCONZ took over the management, systems, and auditing of the NZ Pork PigCare program in New Zealand.
All commercial pig farmers in New Zealand are audited annually. The audit covers the whole farm, assessing the health and welfare of the pigs, farm buildings and facilities, and management and husbandry practices. The Farm Presentation Assessment ensures farms also meet presentation standards of a well-run, professional food production operation.
The PigCare™ accreditation programme 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.
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.
Any breach of the standard or failure to undertake corrective actions can be reported to MPI for investigation and result in withdrawal of the PigCare™ accreditation.
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.