16 Jul 2013

Pork industry conference begins

8:52 am on 16 July 2013

The whole supply chain - from farmers through to retailers - is represented at New Zealand Pork's annual conference beginning on Tuesday in Wellington.

All the big issues affecting the industry will be on the table at the two-day conference - from on-farm animal welfare, to biosecurity, to how to go about getting more homegrown pork onto the plates of New Zealanders.

NZ Pork chairperson Ian Carter says a wide range of speakers will be addressing delegates, including the deputy director-general of compliance and response at the Ministry for Primary Industries, Andrew Coleman.

Mr Carter says Mr Coleman could get an interesting reception given the ministry's call for uncooked pork meat to be allowed into the country - something the industry fears will lead to an outbreak of a deadly pig disease.

The Supreme Court is considering the ministry's call to allow uncooked pork to be imported.