Pest To Plate - Using possums in pet food

June 10, 2017

Using possum as a pet food protein source

 

There's a new trend happening in the pet food market, one that we have inadvertently become part of - pest to plate. In other words, taking a pest species and turning it into a product that is desirable to eat. 

As a vet in clinical practice I had a lot of clients who were hunters and who frequently fed their dogs possum meat. They would often rave about how well the dogs did on a diet of possum, with the occasional exception of a case of constipation if they ate the fur as well as the meat! 

Studies have shown that possum meat has higher amounts of beneficial omega 3 and 6 fatty acids than other red meats. I suppose that shouldn't be surprising given that possums are leading a free range lifestyle snacking on our most delicious native leaves and berries, as well as birds eggs, chicks and insects. Which makes utilising them in pet food a win-win situation for our pets and for our environment. 

We've been lucky to find an amazing supplier who has been working in the possum meat industry for many years supplying a variety of wild game meats to several raw pet food manufacturers. The procurement and supply of wild game meats is highly regulated by the Ministry for Primary Industries and factories are regularly audited against a very high set of standards. 

We're looking forward to helping New Zealand make a dent in the wild possum population as well as helping our pets eat a more nutritious diet. 



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How long will my box last?
 Weight  Feed daily 4.5 kg box lasts 9 kg box lasts
(kg) (cups) approx. (days) approx. (days)

2.5

1/2

72

144

5

3/4

48

96

10

1 1/4

29

58

15

1 1/2

24

48

20

2

18

36

25

2 1/4

16

32

30

2 1/2

14

29

35

3

12

24

40

3 1/4

11

22

45

3 1/2

10

21

50

3 3/4

9

19