I have been told that the next animal welfare issue to be addressed will be crate-free pigs. This is exciting news for researchers and some equipment manufacturers, although not good prospects for most producers.
Fair Oaks Farms in Indiana has chosen to tackle the biosecurity and public relations challenges of welcoming a half-million visitors each year to tour its 37,000-cow dairy, 3,000-sow farrow-to-wean farm and, coming in 2017, half-million cage-free laying hen farm.
While group sow housing may be viewed by many in the animal rights movement as an improvement for the well-being of the animals, American Farm Bureau (AFBF) President Vincent “Zippy” Duvall says members of the organization he leads do not agree.
Darden Restaurants, the parent company of restaurant chains Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House, intends to transition its entire pork supply to come from farms that do not use gestation crates.
John Weber takes over as president of National Pork Producers Council
March 9, 2016
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) named John Weber its new president and elected new officers and members to its board of directors at its annual business meeting – the National Pork Industry Forum – held March 5 in Indianapolis.
Since farmers started to domesticate livestock, we have been continually looking for better materials to keep livestock where we want. We’ve come a long way. Up to the mid-1800s, stone or split rail fences kept most livestock within a confined area. In 1864, barbed wire came to the farm and resulted in improved confinement. But regardless of what method was used to confine swine, materials have always seemed to lose the test of time against the ever-patient hog.