Changing The Pig Living Spaces Dr. Chris Rademacher, ISU Swine Extension Veterinarian, gives a practical talk on group sow housing, based on his experiences in transitioning to group housing at Smithfield. He provides info on considerations of the physical space re-construction and how the human and pig work flow changes.
Canadian swine producers expressing concern over proposed sow housing changes to the National Farm Animal Care Council's Pig Code of Practice, according to Saskatchewan Pork's Producer Services Manager, Harvey Wagner. He talks with Farmscape.ca's Bruce Cochane.
Sow housing was fresh on the delegates minds of both organizations at the Pork Industry Forum. Indeed, the decision to implement a comprehensive study and evaluation of existing literature on sow housing options was passed by both delegate bodies. However, there is a basis for current policy. National Pork Board's Director of Animal Welfare, Science and Technology, Sherrie Niekamp provided attendees that overview.
The pork industry has responded to gestation housing questions with funds and determination to research and report on sow housing options and advantages. National Pork Producers Council CEO Neil Dierks shares the association position with delegates and more.