15 kg of pork consumed by an average Estonian comes from Rakvere Farms.
An average Estonian eats approximately 32 kg of pork in a year, half of which is the Rakvere Meat Processing Plant’s fresh meat and meat products.
40% of Estonian-raised pork grows up in Rakvere Farms.
There are about 625,000 pigs raised in Estonia every year, from which 250,000 are raised in Rakvere Farms. There are so many pigs raised in Estonia that it is more than enough for all Estonians. This is why some of the pigs and pork travel to other countries.
280 kg of mixed fodder is used to raise one pig in Rakvere Farms.
Altogether, Rakvere’s pigs eat about 85,000 tons of mixed fodder in a year, out of which 70,000 tons is local production from Estonian fields and is grown by Estonian farmers. 99% of mixed fodder is produced in Estonia. Also, over 60,000 tons of whey left over from the dairy industry is used to feed the pigs.
he right temperature is very important when raising pigs: in a cool pigsty, a part of the energy from the fodder is used not to grow but to sustain the body's temperature. But in too warm an environment, the pigs lose their appetite and their gain decreases again. The highest temperature of about 35 °C is needed by the suckling pigs when they are born, weaners need 19–25 °C and pigs only 18 °C.
Whether the temperature is suitable for the pigs can also be determined by simply observing the pigs. When the pigs are lying next to each other, then the temperature is just right for them. In a cold pigsty, pigs climb on top of each other in order to keep warm. In too hot a pigsty, the pigs keep away from each other when lying or are even in the dung in order to get rid of the excess heat.