The use of gestation stalls in pork production has recently drawn increased attention in the United States. But it is an even hotter topic in the European Union, where new regulations limiting the use of gestation stalls are set to take effect at the beginning of next year.

John Brook, U.S Meat Export Federation (USMEF) regional director for Europe, Russia and the Middle East, discusses the impact these regulations are already having on Europe’s pork producers, and the widely varying rate at which farmers in the EU are coming into compliance.

Brook says that while conversion costs will almost certainly cause some European farmers to exit the industry, the impact on total pork production is not yet clear.