Smithfield on Track to Meet Sow Stall Conversion Goals

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. is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.