Gestation

NPPC responds to Burger King's gestation stall decision

Following Burger King's decision to require its pork suppliers to move toward eliminating gestation-sow stalls, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) released its own statement. FULL STORY »

Free-access stalls provide sow-housing option Play video

With more restaurants and food service companies demanding that gestation-stall sow housing be eliminated, U.S. pork producers are under growing pressure to find viable alternatives. FULL STORY »

Wendy’s commits to gestation-stall-free pork

The Wendy’s hamburger chain has joined the ranks of foodservice providers that will require its U.S. and Canadian pork suppliers to make plans to phase out the use of gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

Housing P1 sows with gilts improves welfare, performance

Aggression among group-housed sows is a widely recognized problem as well as a threat to animal welfare and performance. At the American Society of Animal Science meeting in Des Moines this week, Yuzhi Li, assistant professor of swine production, University of Minnesota, offered insights on improving performance and welfare of young sows in a group-housing system. FULL STORY »

HSUS files SEC complaint against Seaboard Foods

Maintaining its focus on pork production and gestation-sow stalls, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a legal complaint with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against Seaboard Foods. At issue, HSUS is claiming Seaboard is violating the federal securities law in making statements about its pork production system. FULL STORY »

Pig Adventure Center to break ground this spring

Owned and operated by Belstra Milling, the 2,400-head sow farm, nursery and gilt development site will begin construction by April or May, according to Malcolm DeKryger, vice president and business development director at Belstra. FULL STORY »

Compass Group says no to gestation stalls

Compass Group North America is the latest food company to step forward and commit to buying only pork from suppliers who do not use gestation-sow stalls. Company officials announced the decision on Thursday, with a deadline to accomplish that goal in the U.S. supply chain by 2017. FULL STORY »

HSUS challenges another restaurant chain on treatment of pigs

As a shareholder of Tim Hortons’—an Oakville, Ontario-based restaurant chain-- the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is asking for action on the treatment of pigs in its U.S. supply system, specifically gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

NPB to consider a public swine education center

Pork industry leaders will discuss a whole host of topics at this week’s Pork Industry Forum in Denver, but among those leading the list for the National Pork Board will be a request for financial support of a public swine education center. FULL STORY »

NPB identifies 2012 research projects for funding

Each year, the National Pork Board's six producer-led science and technology committees meet to identify and prioritize research needs and funding allocations. This year, the participants reviewed more than 100 proposals, and selected those that would were deemed to offer the greatest benefit to the overall industry FULL STORY »

Foodservice company to move away from gestation stalls

Bon Appétit Management Co. has announced that it will focus on suppliers whose products do not trace back to gestation-sow stalls or battery cages for egg-laying hens. Bon Appétit operates more than 400 foodservice outlets for corporations, universities, museums and specialty venues in 31 states. FULL STORY »

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