Gestation

New Jersey senator stalls in attempt to override veto

While a New Jersey state senator with strong ties to HSUS gave it his best effort, he didn’t have the votes needed for to override Governor Christie’s veto of the bill to ban maternity pens in the state – this time. FULL STORY »

Potential exists for corn ear molds this year

Weather extremes can create mold problems. Growers are encouraged to harvest infected fields early, plus closely monitor drying and storing. FULL STORY »

Pork producers reaffirm choice on sow housing

At the National Pork Industry Forum last week, pork producers approved a resolution reaffirming the industry's position that producers should be able to select a sow housing system. FULL STORY »

Heavier pigs at birth may result in greater productivity

When it comes to litters, size matters. Larger numbers of pigs per litter have a direct correlation with an operation’s total pigs marketed; however, for these pigs to meet their full potential, adequate birth weights are necessary. FULL STORY »

New measures in assessing sow lameness

The ability to identify the risk factors affecting sow welfare and longevity in the herd becomes increasingly important for animal well-being, and economic viability, especially in transitioning to group housing for gestating sows. FULL STORY »

AASV Board amends sow housing position statement

At the request of the leadership of the American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV), the Pig Welfare Committee reviewed the association’s position on pregnant sow housing approved in July 2002 and adopted a revised statement. FULL STORY »

Metz Culinary Management sets a 2017 gestation-stall-free target

Metz Culinary Management, a provider of dining management services, primarily in the Northeastern United States, says it will work with its pork suppliers to eliminate gestation-sow stalls by 2017. FULL STORY »

Target places a bulls-eye on gestation stalls

With its iconic bulls-eye trademark, Target is making its mark on the gestation-sow stall issue. The nation’s second-largest discount retailer wants its pork suppliers to eliminate the gestation-stall housing system from its supply chain by 2022. FULL STORY »

EU faces pork price “shock wave”

With a ban on gestation-sow stalls set to become law on Jan. 1, EU hog producers are warning that pork prices will rise significantly as the production mandate is expected to force many farmers out of business. Meanwhile, U.S. pork producers face growing domestic pressure from restaurant and grocery chains that are demanding elimination of gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

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 »

Expanding pork production’s insights and realities

Last week’s release of “A Pig’s Tale” by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has drawn significant attention. The four-minute animated video is directed at children, parents and educators. The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offers some perspective on the realities of pork production today. FULL STORY »

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