Story: Dairying and dairy products

Feeding a pig skim milk

Feeding a pig skim milk

The separation of whole milk into cream and skim milk led to the development of the pig industry as a means of using the skim milk. Pigs were kept in a sty, or shed and yard, near the milking shed and the skim milk was usually pumped to large containers for the pigs. Pigs usually drank side by side from a trough rather than from a bucket, as shown by this well-trained pig.

Using this item

Alexander Turnbull Library, National Publicity Studios Collection
Reference: 1/2-034277; F/A 6158
Photograph by K. V. Bigwood

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, 'Dairying and dairy products - Separators and milking machines', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2023)

Story by Hugh Stringleman and Frank Scrimgeour, published 24 Nov 2008