Carnival Cruise wants sows out of stalls

Carnival Corp.—the cruise-ship folks—announced plans to eliminate gestation-sow stalls from its pork supply chain. The announcement was released by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), and its website reported that Carnival Corp. has set a 10-year deadline for suppliers to complete the transition away from gestation-sow-stall housing. FULL STORY »

Farrowing room attendants reduce piglet mortality

Pre-weaning mortality costs the U.S. pork industry an estimated $1.6 billion each year, according to USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists. However, with close attention to the birthing process and newborn piglets by farrowing room attendants mortality losses can be significantly reduced. FULL STORY »

SDSU receives first funds for swine facility

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is planning to build a teaching and research facility related to hog production and has begun its funding campaign. The first donor to step forward for the proposed $7 million facility is First Bank and Trust, with $250,000. FULL STORY »

HSUS criticizes Tyson’s animal well-being audits

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is not impressed with Tyson Foods’ launch of a new animal well-being auditing program for its suppliers, but that should not come as a surprise. The activist group wants Tyson to eliminate gestation-sow stalls and will keep applying pressure. FULL STORY »

Scientists use new method to help reduce piglet mortality

Preweaning mortality costs the U.S. pork industry an estimated $1.6 billion each year, and one of the contributing factors is deficient colostrum intake by piglets. To help increase newborn piglets' survival, USDA scientists have developed a new method that predicts animals' mortality and nursing ability. FULL STORY »

Stalls or groups: It’s a complex issue

This year, numerous food retailers have announced deadlines for their pork suppliers to ensure that farms raising the hogs eliminate gestation-sow stalls. However, "simply moving sows from stalls to pens where they can move around will definitely not improve their welfare," according to a University of Illinois researcher. FULL STORY »

Fewer pigs next year should help producers' profitability

University of Missouri Extension economist Ron Plain says that fewer sows should lead to fewer pigs and much-needed higher prices for producers in 2013. Plain also says that pork prices in the grocery store will be attractive for consumers for the remainder of this year. FULL STORY »

Bagel chain announces intent to go stall-free

Bruegger’s Bagels restaurant chain has joined the growing list of food retailers and grocery stores announcing that they will eliminate sow gestation stalls from its pork supply chain. The company, headquartered in Burlington, Vt., offers breakfast bagel sandwiches featuring bacon, ham or sausage. FULL STORY »

Consistent sow feeding promotes consistent pig production

Sow rations should be formulated and body condition scoring protocols implemented, so body condition scores (BCS) remain steady through the production cycle, says Mike Hemann, swine nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Companies pacify HSUS - for now

Companies that are requesting pork producers to eliminate sow gestation stalls are playing follow the leader and unfortunately the leader is the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). Somehow HSUS has been able to convince these companies that they are the “experts” on animal welfare while the real experts are being ignored. FULL STORY »

Dunkin’ Donuts to eliminate sow gestation crates

Dunkin’ Donuts is the latest food retailer to announce that it will eliminate sow gestation crates from its pork supply chain. In order to determine a timeline for eliminating gestation crates, the company will require its U.S. pork suppliers to outline their plans to achieve the goal. FULL STORY »

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