It is the oldest species of animal on earth, but pork is one of the biggest and most important pork producers in the world.
That’s because the meat can be sold to restaurants and retailers worldwide, but also to the public.
Pork is often called the world’s cheapest meat, but it is actually a much bigger animal than most people think.
The pig is the largest land animal on the planet, weighing in at over 6,000 kilograms.
The world’s largest pig is estimated to weigh more than 500 kilograms, and according to the World Trade Organisation, its value has grown over the past century to reach $3 trillion.
That is enough to buy the likes of a fridge for every person on the earth.
But pork has a long history of cruelty.
In 1857, in a bid to stop the spread of the contagious Black Death, British officials banned pork imports from the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America.
Many of the pork-eating Europeans also resisted, and when the disease swept through Europe in the 1870s, the world finally had a chance to stop buying pork.
But the pandemic ended only after pork farmers and meat companies moved to the US, where the cost of producing pork plummeted.
Today, the cost to buy pork in the US is around $1.50 a kilogram, compared to $4.50 for Australian beef.
This is why Australians are often described as pork’s ‘best customers’.
This year, the federal government announced it would cut the price of pork from $3.60 a kilo to $2.50, and the price tag will increase again this year.
Pork producers are now scrambling to find cheaper ways to compete with the US market.
They are trying to cut their costs by using cheaper animals, like cattle.
A cattle rancher in southern Queensland, Andrew Wilson, says that with the price drop, he could cut the cost by 10 per cent.
He says that a 10 percent reduction in the price means he could raise cattle for a higher price.
But it’s not an easy task.
“I’m working at this really slowly, but I’m doing the best I can,” he says.
“If I can save 10 per per cent on my cattle, I could save thousands of dollars in cattle feed costs.”
Wilson says that the price cut will affect farmers like him and other producers across Australia.
“In the last five years I’ve got to cut a lot of my costs and my margins.
I have to cut costs for our cattle by 30 per cent or 40 per cent to make ends meet.”
But that’s not the only thing he has to cut.
He’s also working on beef cattle, which are also less expensive.
“We’ve got more land in the paddocks and there are less animals in the ranches,” he said.
“So I think we’ve got a lot to lose from the price drops, and we’ve also got to make sure we keep our ranches competitive.”
Wilson has a team of 50 workers and his business is a small operation.
He has to make a profit to pay his bills.
But he’s hoping that by lowering prices and cutting costs, he can make a difference.
“The best way to do it is to get the price down,” he explains.
“That’s why we’ve been doing this for a long time.
We’re trying to get rid of as much as we can and get the farmers to take the money.”