Smithfield Foods reports it successfully transitioned 38-percent of pregnant sows on its company-owned farms in the U.S. from individual gestation stalls to group housing systems by the end of 2012. The decision to convert to group housing systems was made in 2007 based on input from Smithfield’s customers. Smithfield says their current progress keeps the company on track to finish the conversion to group housing on all company-owned farms in the U.S. by 2017.
Smithfield also has plans to complete this conversion from gestation stalls on its international hog production operations. They expect to finish by 2022. The process was completed on the company’s hog production operations in Poland and Romania a number of years ago.