A special article in the latest Livestock, Poultry and Dairy Outlook report from USDA takes a look at the movement to open sow housing as an alternative to gestation crates. Major U.S. companies that demand pork are asking its suppliers to transition from use of gestation crates and the USDA article says suppliers are responding – adopting business models that incorporate group sow housing in pork production. The article explores the current U.S. hog production system, group sow housing and studies that compare the two. The article is available at www dot ers dot usda dot gov slash publications slash LDP (www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/LDP/).
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