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Relatively speaking pig farming is small when compared to other countries. Most of the pork produced in New Zealand is eaten locally, with small amounts of specialty product exported to the Pacific and Asia. In 2006, New Zealanders ate on average more than 20 kilograms of pork each, 40% of which was imported. In the mid-1960s annual consumption was less than 15 kilograms.
In 2007 there were about 40,000 breeding sows on some 360 pig farms. About 49,000 tonnes of pig meat are produced annually.