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on June 15, 2010

Sow-stall row erupts in Australia

Criticism grows as Pan Pacific Pork Expo opens

Tasmania's government faces criticism over its decision to ban single stalls for sows unilaterally within the next seven years, as Australia’s Pan Pacific Pork Expo opens on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

The state government’s decision to ban the stalls betrays an agreement to implement a Model Code for Pigs simultaneously across all states in 2017, limiting the use of sow stalls for pregnant sows to a maximum of six weeks or until pregnancy is confirmed, according to Andrew Spencer, Australian Pork Ltd. chief executive. The six-weeks rule will apply in Tasmania beginning in 2014 and a complete ban will follow three years later, according to Bryan Green, Tasmanian minister for primary industries.

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