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Sow Group Housing

Providing a transparency model for animal agriculture

Fair Oaks Farms demonstrates that American consumers can accept large-scale agriculture if they can see it for themselves.
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.
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3 pig producers share electronic sow feeder experiences

Three pig producers share their experiences and the tools they use to achieve the universal goals of productivity, profitability and excellent animal care.
Thomas Livestock Company, Chanteloup Cooperative and Ermine Farms are vastly different in location, but commonalities can be found in their goals and the tools used to achieve them.
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AFBF: Group sow housing not ideal for pigs, farmers

Group housing is not as good for pig welfare as some might think, says American Farm Bureau Federation president
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.
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Darden Restaurants to switch to crate-free pork

Restaurant group that includes Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House chains intends to transition by end of 2025
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.
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Big Dutchman acquires Inno+

Inno+ is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of exhaust air treatment and heat recovery systems
The Big Dutchman Group, based in Vechta-Calveslage, Germany, has acquired the Dutch company Inno+.
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NPPC elects president, officers, board members

John Weber takes over as president of National Pork Producers Council
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.
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5 pointers for buying electronic sow feeders

Sows are hard on equipment, so look at a full life cycle cost analysis when making equipment decisions.
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.
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