The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) announced Monday that it had joined an independent hog farmer in filing a lawsuit in federal district court, charging that the National Pork Board struck an unlawful backroom deal with a Washington, D.C. lobbying organization for the purchase of the “Pork. The Other White Meat” slogan....More
Why is sow lameness such a big deal?
Animal welfare has always been and continues to be a priority for the swine industry, according to Tim Loula, DVM, Swine Vet Center, St. Peter, MN.
Animal activists are also watching and taking undercover videos that make proper animal care even more important than ever, he says at the Feet First Sow Lameness Symposium in Minneapolis, MN, sponsored by Zinpro....More
Veterinary researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) are developing improved methods to diagnose a reemerging swine disease that was essentially a non-issue five years ago but has become increasingly more common since then. Swine dysentery, also known as bloody scours, is a disease in pigs that causes diarrhea containing mucus and blood and eventually leads to uneven growth and increased mortality among infected herds....More
The National Pork Producers Council yesterday presented Rep. Adrian Smith, R-NE, with the “Friend of Pork” award at its fall legislative conference held in Washington, DC.
The award is reserved for members of Congress who demonstrate a strong commitment to and continually work to advance the U.S. pork industry....More
The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) addresses concerns about how changes in livestock production practices can ultimately impact consumers in a new, eight-minute video. The video is narrated by Scott Hurd, DVM, Iowa State University. “Animal health is closely linked to public health,” Hurd says. He urges policy makers and consumers to carefully consider the implications that animal housing and animal care decisions can have both on the health of the animal, and, ultimately, on public health as well....More
In July, the animal rights group Mercy for Animals (MFA) released an undercover video shot at one of Christensen Farms' facilities in an effort to pressure retail outlets to denounce the use of gestation stalls by their pork suppliers. In the aftermath, Christensen Farms’ Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Glenn Stolt offers some crisis management tips to fellow pork producers....More
The theme of this year’s Workforce Development Seminar is “Animal Care is Our Priority.” The conference runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 18 at the Country Inn and Suites, Mankato, MN. This annual event covers current issues and provides new information for those who raise and care for hogs. The seminar is sponsored by the Minnesota Pork Board and Pork Checkoff.
This year’s seminar topics include the following:...More
The Kansas State University Animal Health Corridor Lecture Series is hosting a luncheon seminar, “Animal Welfare: Impact on Industry and Public Perceptions,” at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 15 on the school’s Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive....More
Tyson Foods, Inc. has issued this response to the citizen’s petition sent by consumer watchdog group SumOfUs.org and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) demanding the company develop plans to stop pork suppliers from using gestation crates.
“We recognize our responsibility to motivate continuous improvements throughout the food chain. We’re committed to humane animal treatment at all stages of food production and we expect the same from farms that supply us with livestock....More
The National Pork Board disagrees with the portrayal of pork production shown in a video produced by Mercy for Animals that was released on Wednesday.
The National Pork Board and the pig farmers of America have a deep commitment and responsibility to the welfare of the animals we raise....More
Nearly a quarter million people have signed a petition to Tyson Foods, the world’s second-largest meat processor and major U.S. pork supplier based in Springdale, AR, from consumer watchdog group SumOfUs.org and The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) demanding the company develop plans to stop suppliers from using gestation crates....More
It’s been nearly four years since Minnesota pork producer Lynn Becker received the shocking message that an undercover farm video had been taken at a newly acquired 6,000-sow farm in Bayard, IA, and that it was being posted on the Internet....More
The damn-the-data attitude of anti-meat groups has permeated the attitudes of the general public and too many members of Congress. The lackadaisical attitude about the science of food production is setting dangerous precedents that will haunt livestock producers for generations to come....More
The summer months can bring about heat stress in livestock. Pigs are especially challenged because they do not have functional sweat glands to assist them in efficiently reducing body heat, according to Mark Whitney, swine specialist, University of Minnesota Extension.
Although most pigs today are raised in modern facilities that provide some climate control, there are still limits in most facilities in the the ability to cool pigs during extreme heat. he says....More
Mycoplasma pneumonia was identified as a cause of pneumonia in pigs in 1965. Mycoplasma is most often mixed with other bacteria — like Pasteurella multocida, Streptococcus suis or Haemophilus parasuis. When this occurs, the pneumonia is referred to as enzootic pneumonia....More
Recent news that some major U.S. restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, will phase out buying of pork supplied by producers who use gestation stalls for pregnant sows has sparked conversation and concern among pork producers as well as consumers.
Lost in some of the conversation regarding swine gestation stalls is why pork producers implemented them to begin with, according to Kansas State University (KSU) veterinarian Steve Dritz, and KSU Research and Extension livestock specialist Joel DeRouchey....More
As summer heat begins to build across much of the country this summer, pork producers should take extra precautions to ensure the best possible care and well-being for their animals and employees, according to the National Pork Board....More
The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), in a scalding news release today, strongly condemned Senate leaders for rejecting consideration of an animal welfare amendment to the farm bill last night.
Senate leaders spurned consideration of amendment #2252, the “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012.” The HSUS seeks to codify an agreement with the United Egg Producers (UEP) to nearly double the size of space allotted to egg-laying hens....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) asks in a YouTube video that producers call on their senators to reject the disastrous “Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments” introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
This bill would be the first federal legislation of its kind giving government authority to set on-farm practices. The proposal is backed by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), which has the stated goal of abolishing animal agriculture....More
That is the rhetorical — and practical — question hanging over meetings and conferences associated with agriculture these days. In the livestock sector, the long-term health and sustainability of our production systems will require sensible laws and guidelines to meet that goal. The key word being — sensible. Hardly a week goes by that the livestock and poultry industries aren’t beaten up over some generally proven management or processing practice. Commonly, the red flag-wavers are affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) or other anti-meat advocates. Two of their favorite targets include the use of low-level antibiotics in livestock diets and housing gestating sows in stalls....More
The Kroger Co., the nation’s largest traditional grocery store chain with 2,435 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 31 states under two-dozen local banners, is encouraging its pork suppliers to move away from sow stalls.
The Cincinnati, OH-based company says that it has begun informing suppliers of the new policy statement regarding sow gestation stalls that it believes provides a more humane environment....More
The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has expressed disappointment with McDonald’s decision to move forward with requiring its pork suppliers to phase out the use of individual sow housing. The fast-food firm announced recently that it wants 100% of its suppliers to provide pork that’s gestation stall-free in 10 years....More