Gestation-sow housing is grabbing a lot of attention these days, which means there’s a growing need for information and dialogue. In that vein, a webinar entitled “Gestation Sow Housing” is on tap for Friday, May 11.

The Federation of Animal Science Societies’ Scientific (FASS) Advisory Committee on Animal Care along with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have joined forces to present this webinar, as well as an on-going series to address current and emerging issues in animal welfare.

"Farm animal welfare is critically important to animal agriculture. We are at a formative time, with changes in farm practices occurring rapidly," says John McGlone, Texas Tech University animal scientist and FASS Animal Care Committee chair. "Gestation-sow housing is a critical area of concern to some consumers, activists and retailers. This webinar will provide interested people with a common, science-based language through which they may communicate in a logical and reasoned manner."

Each webinar in the series will feature experts in specific topic areas of farm-animal care. This first webinar will occur from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (CDT) on May 11, and while it is free, participant space is limited and registration is required. You can find that information here.

Topics to be discussed and presenters will include:

  • Moderator: Dr. John McGlone, Texas Tech University, FASS Animal Care Committee chair.
  • Gestation and Farrowing Crates and Pens: Dr. Ken Stalder, Iowa State University.
  • Options For Group Housing of Sows: Dr. Yuzhi Li, University of Minnesota.
  • Scientific Comparison of Gestation Housing Systems: Dr. Gail Golab, AVMA.
  • Space Needs For Group-Housed Sows: Janeen Salak-Johnson, University of Illinois.
  • Lameness and Injuries Among Gestating Sows: Dr. Anna Butters-Johnson, Iowa State University
  • Genotypes for Group Housing: Dr. Craig Lewis, PIC geneticist.
  • Options for the Future; Ways to Move Forward: Dr. John McGlone.

    Pork producers and their staffs, pork industry consultants, researchers, university personnel, food companies, retailers and other parties interested in pork production are encouraged to participate. For more information or to register, click here.