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The latest articles, analysis and information on pig welfare practices to ethically raise healthy and profitable sows, hogs, gilts, boars and piglets from the editors of Pig International magazine. Topics include disease prevention and biosecurity, accurately diagnosing a sick pig, nutrition and current welfare standards. Register for free to access premium content.



Maple Leaf: Increasing sustainability in volatile markets

Maple Leaf Foods discussed the company's growth during its final earnings press conference of 2021

Canada–based food company Maple Leaf Foods held its 2021 fourth quarter earnings call on February 24 with Chief Executive Officer Michael McCain, Chief Operating Officer Curtis Frank and Chief Financial Officer Geert Verellen. 

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How Mercy for Animals rates Canada businesses on welfare

Companies evaluated for pledges to source broilers according to Better Chicken Commitment, cage-free eggs and crate-free pork

Animal rights group Mercy for Animals recently released its Canada Animal Welfare Scorecard, rating major companies in Canada for their commitments to broilers, laying hens and pigs.

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Is DxE animal rights activist exploiting media bias?

Same man who fooled one network into thinking he was the CEO of Smithfield Foods tricks another into thinking he is the CEO of Tyson Foods

For the second time, Matt Johnson, an animal rights activist with Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), has tricked a television news crew into believing he is the CEO of a major animal protein producer.

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Consumer group files briefs against animal confinement laws

Center for Consumer Freedom tells court California and Massachusetts laws are unconstitutional and contrary to interstate commerce clause
The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) has filed friend of the court briefs with the Supreme Court of the United States, the states that are challenging restrictions by California and Massachusetts on what eggs and pork products can be sold in supermarkets.
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NPPC applauds withdraw of organic rule

Listening to the farmers it would have affected, Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue announced on Dec. 15 that his agency will withdraw a proposed organic rule for livestock and poultry, a move hailed by the National Pork Producers Council.
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Will Qdoba be freed from ‘animal welfare’ commitments?

Supply chain pledges made by parent company will no longer apply to Mexican restaurant company under new ownership
You won’t find Qdoba’s name in a lot of WATTAgNet news items, but those that do include it pretty much have one thing in common: they are all related to commitments for its animal protein supply chain.
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FDA report on antibiotics validates work by U.S. pig farmers

On-farm practices lead to antibiotic use decline
America's 60,000 pig farmers continue to do what's right on the farm for people, pigs and the planet when it comes to demonstrating their commitment to antibiotic stewardship. That's why the findings in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 2016 Summary Report on Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals came as no surprise, but as a validation of the hard work U.S. pig farmers have put in to reduce the overall need for antibiotics while still protecting the health and welfare of the pigs under their care.
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piglets nursing farrowing crate

Mastitis in sows: A perennial problem

This condition can have serious consequences for the sow and piglets, both in the short and long term.
Inflammation of one or more of the mammary glands is referred to as mastitis. In the lactating sow, clinical onset is about 12 hours postpartum, having started at farrowing.
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