Smithfield Foods, Inc., reports that Jerry Godwin, will retire as president of Murphy-Brown LLC, its livestock production subsidiary, effective July 31, 2012.

As Murphy-Brown President Godwin, 65, oversees the pork production operations involving an estimated 6,000 employees and 450 hog farms located in 12 states across the United States. Headquartered in Warsaw, N.C., Murphy-Brown produces approximately 17 million market hogs annually for Smithfield Foods, by partnering with more than 1,500 independent farmers and contract growers. Murphy-Brown has approximately 1 million sows and includes the Smithfield Premium Genetics subsidiary, which is responsible for improving the company’s swine genetics.

Smithfield’s current Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Offer Robert Manly, IV, will take on the additional role as President of Murphy-Brown upon Godwin's retirement. Manly, 58, was named executive vice president of Smithfield in August 2006, after having served as Premium Standard Farms’ president and chief operating officer. Smithfield had purchased PSF.

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