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Will the ban on sow crates make you more likely to buy NZ pork?

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Pig farmers are hoping New Zealanders will be willing to buy ham, pork and bacon made from locally farmed, happy pigs over cheaper imported products, following changes to welfare rules that are expected to push up prices.

Announcing the new Animal Welfare (Pigs) Code, which comes into effect tomorrow, Agriculture Minister David Carter said the public backlash over mistreatment of pigs had played a significant role in the decision to ban sow stalls in pig farming by December 2015.

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