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USDA Report Includes Article on Sow Housing Options

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 ( 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.