Smithfield Foods releases group sow housing video

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, has released a video describing the sow group housing system it will use for all its company-owned barns by 2017.

“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,”  Dennis H. Treacy, Smithfield’s executive vice-president and chief sustainability officer said in a release.

Smithfield said that when completed in 2017, it is estimated that the U.S. conversion from sow stalls to open housing will have cost about $300 million.

Smithfield said its international hog production operations also will complete their conversions to group housing on company-owned farms by 2022.

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