We spoke to veterinarian Naya Brangenberg who owns Longbush Free Range Pork. Longbush is a great example of animal agriculture done right.
Naya discussed some of the ethical questions around farming.
“The whole approach that we have is that the pigs are highly intelligent animals. They’ve been doing what they do for a long time. So let’s not interfere with that. Let’s support it as best we can.”
Longbush uses natural mating, rather than artificial insemination. Like most of New Zealand pig farms, they do not castrate – a practice that is often done overseas without any anaesthesia.
“We have 10-12 piglets per litter – we always make sure we have more teets than piglets.”