Smithfield Foods Releases New Video on Sow Housing

July 31, 2013 02:00 AM
Smithfield Foods Releases New Video on Sow Housing

SOURCE: Smithfield Foods, Inc.

In 2007, Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced it is phasing out individual gestation stalls in favor of group housing for pregnant sows at all company-owned sow farms by 2017. Smithfield Foods is on track to complete this goal and has created a video, viewable here, which takes a specific look at what sows' lives are like in Smithfield group housing.

"We think this is both an entertaining and informative look at how we are caring for pregnant sows, with actual footage from our sow farms that helps to explain how the group housing system ensures the safety, comfort and health of the sows during the gestation process," said Dennis H. Treacy, Smithfield's executive vice president and chief sustainability officer.

In 2007 Smithfield Foods made a business decision to convert to group housing for pregnant sows on all company-owned U.S. farms based on input from its customers. When completed in 2017, it is estimated that the U.S. conversion will have cost about $300 million. In addition, Smithfield's international hog production operations also will complete their conversions to group housing on company-owned farms by 2022.

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Spell Check

7/31/2013 10:21 AM

  Here is an ag organization that appears to be getting it right when they mention" based on input from its customers". These are the type of folks you want to do business with. Grant it some of the animal rights groups can get a little extreme, unrealistic, but that being said, this company is listening to the voice of the customer and attempting to make reasonable adjustments. Now you have ask, why can't the farm community do the same when it comes to food labeling and customer requests for non-GMO products. It is sad when grain farmers set around in self denial and then try to tell the customers what they should have. In this case recommend sales 101 training for those farm producers ingrained in seed transgenics, animal hormone and antibiotics applications. The consumer is saying repeatedly they do not want this stuff. Nice article!

7/31/2013 04:13 PM

  Cactus, the consumer is beginning to come out of his/her food coma finally to refuse the GMO takeover of the grain/food business. State-by-state the labeling and awareness is happening and eventually the entire planet will be refusing this unproven "improvement" in farming. Eastern Europe, for example is rapidly becoming a GMO-free region. On the animal farming, I agree about the hormones, but until there is a better alternative to antibiotics for large herds, farmers don't have much choice. Sick animals don't help anyone. I wish though, that the anti-animal farming crowd would respect human life as much as they seem to respect animal life. The same crowd that will protest the treatment of pigs, cows or chickens on large farms are often the very same crowd that fiercely supports abortion of human babies. Can someone explain to me how killing an infant in the womb with a pair of forceps through the brain is not as violent as the way a beef cow is killed at the slaughter, even though the cow was raised for food?

7/31/2013 04:13 PM



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