This week Tyson Foods sent a letter to pork producer suppliers outlining production and animal treatment goals based on the company’s ongoing animal well-being program, according to a news release issued today.

According to Tyson Foods, the company will be taking the following steps:

1-Increasing the number of third party sow farm audits conducted through our FarmCheck ™ program

2-Urging hog producers to use video monitoring in their sow farms to increase oversight and decrease biosecurity risks

3-Encouraging hog producers to stop using manual blunt force as a primary method of euthanizing sick or injured piglets

4-Supporting the use of pain mitigation (such as anesthetic or analgesic) for tail docking and castration of piglets

5-Urging hog farmers to improve housing for pregnant sows by focusing on the quality and quantity of space provided, including urging all future sow barn construction or remodeling to allow for pregnant sows of all sizes to stand, lie down, stretch their legs and turn around.

Learn more at the Tyson Foods Website here.