Sow gestation housing is a very hot topic in the U.S. pork industry. National Hog Farmer has been working hard to bring forward research-based information, case studies and real-life experiences from producers who are implementing different sow housing methods.

According to the American Veterinary Medicine Association and the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, there are numerous ways, including sow gestation stalls, to provide proper care for sows. Each housing system, including gestation stalls, open pens, free-access stalls and pastures, has welfare advantages and disadvantages.

Take some time to check out our “Must Reads” section on this website, click on the “Sow Gestation Stall” Hot Topics section on the right side of and find out how our pork producer readers have been striving to find sow-friendly solutions to a number of gestation-housing questions.

National Hog Farmer and the National Pork Board sponsored the 2007 Sow Housing Forum prior to World Pork Expo in Des Moines. Visit the National Pork Board website to view proceedings from this sellout symposium at