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Sow Group Housing

The latest news, analysis and information on group sow housing regulations, technology and welfare practices to help pork producers successfully transition from individual gestation stalls to housing pregnant sows in groups from the editors of Pig International magazine.



Housing systems should be designed around the animal

If your primary concern is housing the most laying hens or sows in the least amount of space, you probably won’t get the desired results
Just as egg producers are housing more cage-free hens, many pork producers are switching from gestation stalls to group pens for housing pregnant sows. The driving force for both of these transitions is purchase pledges by major foodservice and retail customers.
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Free range chickens

USDA delays welfare rules change for organic livestock

The rule, designed to strengthen animal welfare requirements for organic-certified livestock, will not be implemented until November.
The US Department of Agriculture is pushing back the effective date of a new, final rule establishing stricter animal welfare standards for organic livestock and poultry.
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Dan Thomson AAA

Activist-influenced food pledges increase poverty rates

KSU professor: When a restaurant makes a supply chain pledge on perceived animal welfare issues, they are driving up food prices and subsequently the rate of poverty
Restaurants who act too quickly to sourcing only animal protein products such as cage-free eggs, slower-growing broilers, crate-free pork and meat from animals raised without antibiotics, they are harming the overall economy, according to Dr. Dan Thomson, Jones Professor of Production Medicine and Epidemiology, Kansas State University.
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Calgary Co-op rejects cage-free, crate-free resolution

Resolution called for sale of only cage-free eggs and crate-free pork products by 2018
Calgary Co-op members rejected a resolution that calls for the business to sell only eggs from cage-free hens and pork products from farms that do not use gestation crates by 2018.
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EU Commission praises Danish pig antibiotics limits

Danish pig producers reduced antibiotic usage by more than a fifth since 2009.
An EU Commission report highlighted the measures that the Danish pig meat industry and the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) have taken to limit antibiotic usage for pigs.
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