Animal Care Panel reviews MFA undercover video

The Animal Care Review Panel, a panel of animal well-being experts, created to analyze undercover video investigations at livestock farms has completed a review of a 4:14-minute video clip posted on the Internet on July 16. Here's their assessment. FULL STORY »

Gestation crate pressure builds; Costco buckles

The pork sector was abuzz late on Tuesday with hints of a Mercy for Animals (MFA) undercover video focusing on pork production, along with a campaign to pressure two major retailers to abandon pork suppliers that could be traced back to gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

Sodexo sets 2022 for gestation-stall elimination

Sodexo Inc., an integrated food and facilities management firm serving North America, announced today that it will work with pork suppliers to phase out gestation-sow stalls from its supply chain by 2022. FULL STORY »

HSUS to sue six pork production companies

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) reports that it intends to sue a range of pork production companies, citing “unreported releases of hazardous pollutant ammonia” as the impetus for the legal action. However, peppered within its own news release are multiple references to gestation-sow stalls, adding a new dimension to its tactics against the housing system. FULL STORY »

11 tips for managing pregnant sows in group housing

With major pork buyers like McDonald's, Hormel and Safeway announcing plans to move toward gestation stall-free suppliers, Minnesota hog farmers may be exploring group housing options. FULL STORY »

Gestation-sow stalls black listed again

Another quick-serve food company has come out against gestation-sow stalls. On Monday, Fresh Enterprises, LLC, which owns Baja Fresh, La Salsa Mexican Grill and Canyon’s Burger restaurants, announced that it “supports industry efforts to move away from gestation crates.” FULL STORY »

Oscar Mayer joins the anti-gestation-stall list

Oscar Mayer officials announced on Friday that the company will give its pork suppliers 10 years to eliminate gestation-sow stalls within their pork production systems and adopt alternative housing. FULL STORY »

CKE Restaurants set a 2022 no-gestation-stall deadline

Two more quick-serve restaurants have sent the message that they will work to phase out suppliers whose pork can be traced back to gestation-sow stalls. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are under the umbrella of CKE Restaurants. FULL STORY »

Researcher optimistic on battle against PRRS Play video

While porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS) is still costing the U.S. pork industry about $1.8 million per day, there are reasons to be optimistic about the future, says Derald Holtkamp, DVM, Iowa State University. He cites regional PRRS virus elimination programs and herd closure and rollover methodology as positive steps in eliminating the virus. FULL STORY »

Sow productivity takes a dip

One of the surprising numbers in USDA’s June Hogs & Pigs Report was found in the pigs per litter category for the second quarter. While pork producers saved 0.6 percent more pigs per litter, previous trends had that number near 1.5 percent and beyond. FULL STORY »

Gestation-stall debate is not clear cut

Pork producers and consumers alike are increasingly talking about gestation-sow housing since some major U.S. grocers and restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, have cited plans to stop buying pork that can be traced back to gestation stalls. However, lost in the conversation is why pork producers began using stalls in the first place. FULL STORY »

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