CME: More on gestation stalls

Following up on our discussion of sow gestation stalls - there is one other system that is gaining in popularity in the U.S. “Free-access” systems are a hybrid of stalled housing and group housing that give sows a choice of staying in a stall or moving around a group area. FULL STORY »

Pork groups respond to McDonald’s gestation-stall policy

McDonald's Corp. has announced that it will develop a plan to transition its pork supply away from farmers who use conventional gestation-sow stalls. Both the National Pork Board (NPB) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offered a response. FULL STORY »

McDonald’s wants gestation-sow stalls eliminated

McDonald’s Corporation is calling on its U.S. pork suppliers to end the use of gestation-sow stalls. The world’s largest restaurant chain announced today that it will be studying suppliers’ options and will require them to outline plans to phase out the stalls. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Gestation stalls now lead HSUS' list

It’s no secret that animal activists have had gestation-sow crates on their list of things to eliminate for some time. The issue has been smoldering with periodic sparks fueled by such things as undercover videos like the ones that surfaced a week ago. FULL STORY »

HSUS moves pressure to Hormel and Tyson

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is having a busy week as it hit Hormel Foods’ annual meeting earlier this week and will attend Tyson Foods’ meeting on Friday. In each case HSUS is a company stockholder and in each case will challenge the pork producer/packer to end the use of gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

Nebraska bill addresses animal abuse reporting

Nebraska lawmakers are considering a bill (LB915) that would tighten the timeline and requirements for reporting animal abuse. FULL STORY »

Seaboard and Prestage emphasize animal-care commitments

Seaboard Foods and Prestage Farms have both addressed the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) latest undercover video and attack on their operations in Oklahoma and gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

HSUS targets Seaboard, Prestage and Wal-Mart

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has released an undercover video taken at two swine systems near Goodwell, Okla.-- Seaboard Foods’ and Prestage Farms’ breeding and gestation facilities. HSUS also filed complaints with the U.S. Securities and Exchange and Federal Trade Commission involving statements on Seaboard’s website. FULL STORY »

30% of Smithfield’s gestation sows housed in groups

By year’s end, Smithfield Foods will have moved 30 percent of the company’s gestating sows out of stalls and into group housing. FULL STORY »

Webinar for answers to PRRS, Dec. 21

On Dec. 21, a free webinar-- “PRRS: Strategies to keep it at bay”—will feature Dr. Scott Dee, world-renown expert on PRRS transmission, biosecurity and aerobiology. FULL STORY »

Smithfield won’t turn records over to HSUS

Smithfield Foods officials have denied a request made earlier this week from the Humane Society of the United States to inspect records on the pork producers’ plans to eliminate gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

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