Kmart added to gestation crate list

Sears Holdings announced today that the company will begin informing suppliers of a new policy statement regarding the use of gestation-sow stalls. The company did not include a timeline, but the growing target from other food companies is 2022. FULL STORY »

MPPA supports Christensen Farms

“Minnesota Pork Producers Association (MPPA) and our members take seriously the ethical responsibility to provide pigs with proper care.” said Executive Director David Preisler, in response to an undercover video taken at a Christensen Farms' site. FULL STORY »

Pork producer margins head south

Pork producer profit margins for farrow-to-finish systems averaged $27.68 per head for the week ending July 13. That’s down $7.74 per head from the previous week, but $7.10 per head higher than for the same period in 2011. FULL STORY »

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 »

Heinz embraces gestation-stall-free pork

H.J. Heinz Company, best known for ketchup but which has a variety of food products, is the latest company to announce that it will focus on doing business with pork suppliers who are not associated with gestation-sow stalls. FULL STORY »

May pork exports continue upward momentum

U.S. pork exports in May were up 9 percent in value from a year ago registering $524.3 million continuing their strong pace in 2012, according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). 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 »

Pork producer margins slip $3.23 per head

Pork producer profit margins averaged $35.42 per head for the week ending July 6. That’s down $3.23 per head from the week before, but $14.14 higher than for the same week one year ago. FULL STORY »

Smithfield Foods opening ‘Taste of Smithfield’ restaurant

There has never been a shortage of pork products in the town of Smithfield, Va., which most notably is synonymous with Virginia hams. Still, a new feature has joined the merchants on Main Street, as Smithfield Foods presents a new dining destination-- Taste of Smithfield. FULL STORY »

Minimize residues, focus on drug management

With the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announcement of new and more efficient residue testing methods in meat products, James McKean, DVM, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, urges pork producers to review their operational and management decisions regarding drug usage. FULL STORY »

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