Gestation

HSUS files order to review Smithfield’s records

The Humane Society of the United States has once again turned its attention on Smithfield Foods. This time focusing on Smithfield’s delay in moving gestating sows out of stalls and into a group housing system. FULL STORY »

Watch for mycotoxins

As corn harvest winds down, farmers need to watch for potential molds and fungus in corn. Fields that were hit with late-summer hail could pose a particular risk. Also drought-stressed corn is susceptible to aflatoxin. FULL STORY »

Heat warning: Check on pigs and people

Even though most pork producers run operations where hogs are housed in buildings to protect them from the blazing sun, the excessive temperatures and humid conditions that have settled into the U.S. mid-section can still take a toll on pigs and people. FULL STORY »

LSU swine unit tour: sow gestation floor Play video

A short video of the sow gestation floor at the LSU Swine Unit. In the farm's feedlot barn some of the replacement gilts and boars get up close and personal with the camera. FULL STORY »

Video: Tasmania Bans Sow Stalls Play video

Tasmania's decision to ban sow stalls has shocked the pork industry at home and interstate.
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Scientific Paper Assesses Sow Stalls

CAST has a new paper that provides a review of the scientific literature on sow housing. It evaluates behavioral, reproduction and worker safety considerations, among other factors. FULL STORY »

Veterinarians Discuss Animal Well-being

The American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives met prior to the American Veterinary Medical Association's Annual Convention in Washington, D.C. FULL STORY »

Gestation-Sow Housing: Which is Best?

Today, most pregnant sows in the United States are housed in individual stalls. However, public sentiment has been pushing the industry to move away from individual housing and toward group housing. FULL STORY »

Sows Most Comfortable During Mid-gestation

The debate over gestation-sow stalls is not likely to disappear anytime soon. Meanwhile, researchers continue to look for answers. FULL STORY »

Group versus Stall Systems (Research)

Animal welfare activists claim that housing sows in stalls during pregnancy negatively effect their behavior and well-being of the animals. Producers contend that they are better able to control body condition and monitor an individual animal’s health using stalls. FULL STORY »

Finding the right ethical road

Ethical performance of veterinarians has not really been an issue in the past, but this paradigm may be challenged as the pork industry faces a new era. FULL STORY »

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