State prosecutor orders probe of abusive farmers

Norway’s top state prosecuting agency (Riksadvokaten) has ordered a preliminary probe into whether farmers raising pigs for the pork industry have  knowingly violated the country’s animal welfare laws. The probe comes after an NRK documentary that used hidden cameras to record conditions at more than a dozen farms in Norway. The documentary aired in June shocked […]

Farmer shoots wolf, police investigate

A police investigation is underway in Hedmark, the southeastern Norwegian county where farmers feel most threatened by wolves, after a local sheep rancher shot a wolf three times with a rifle early Tuesday morning. He claims he found the wolf in an area where his sheep were grazing, but police haven’t found any injured or […]

Meat co-op hit by consumer warning

Norway’s consumer protection authority has warned the country’s largest meat and poultry producer and market regulator, Nortura, that it appears to have violated marketing laws. It doesn’t believe Nortura can or should claim in its advertising that its meat comes only from pigs who’ve been well-treated.  “We doubt that Gilde (the meat division of Nortura) […]

Pork industry’s secrets revealed

Norwegian farmers’ carefully cultivated image of taking good care of their animals in almost idyllic settings was shattered Wednesday night. An NRK documentary revealed widespread animal abuse among those raising pork, along with cynical attitudes among farmers who were well aware they were violating Norway’s animal welfare regulations, and seemed immune to the suffering they […]

Norway formally bans fur farming

A majority in Norway’s Parliament voted as expected this week to formally ban fur farming from February 2025. Some Members of Parliament from the government parties reluctantly went along with the ban, which marked a victory for the small Liberal Party. The Liberals had been agitating for a ban on fur farming for years, following […]

Farmers struck new deal with the state

Norwegian farmers opted against driving their tractors into Oslo and protesting in front of Parliament again this year. They accepted an offer of NOK 1.24 billion (USD 147 million) in state support just before the holiday weekend, much less than what they demanded but enough to fund pay hikes and innovation. “I’m glad we reached […]

Sow gives birth to 26 piglets

The pig pen at an ecological farm in Vang near Hamar was mighty full heading into the weekend. A sow named Gode Gloria (Good Gloria) gave birth to no less than 26 piglets on Tuesday, nearly double the size of a sow’s normal litter. “First we got two, then four, then eight little pigs,” farmer […]

Frost may boost farmers’ demands

If the government wasn’t under enough pressure to boost funding for farmers, the weather has added to it. Unseasonable nighttime frost has hit fruit growers hard, with one farmer in Telemark unable to find a single apple on any of his 13,000 trees. “It’s not possible to be 100 percent certain, but it looks very, […]

Farmers demand more subisidies

Norway’s powerful farm lobby presented record-high subsidy demands of NOK 1.92 billion on Monday. They’re encouraged that they’ll be dealing with a new agriculture minister from the Christian Democrats party this year, who’s viewed as much more farmer-friendly than her recent predecessors from the Progress Party. Agriculture Minister Olaug Bollestad, who also serves as a […]

Sheep delivered seven lambs

Sheep rancher Øystein Knutsen said he could hardly believe it when one of his ewes gave birth Easter Sunday morning to no less than seven lambs. All of them, including the ewe herself, survived. Three days later, an unusually large flock was stumbling around in Knutsen’s barn at Vang in Hamar. Three of the lambs […]