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USA: only 17 Percent of sows housed in open pen gestation

A survey conducted by the University of Missouri on behalf of the National Pork Producers Council shows only about 17 percent of sows in the U.S. are currently housed in open pen gestation.

Friday 8 June 2012 (6 years 2 months 7 days ago)
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A survey conducted by the University of Missouri on behalf of the National Pork Producers Council shows only about 17 percent of sows in the U.S. are currently housed in open pen gestation.

In response to demands for eliminating gestation stalls the University of Missouri surveyed pork production firms with over one thousand sows to determine the percentage of sows housed in open pen gestation today and the percentage expected to be housed in open pen gestation two years from now.

University of Missouri extension economist Dr. Ron Plain says those who responded reported roughly 17 percent of their sows and bred gilts are currently housed in open pen gestation and they plan to increase that to about 23 percent two years from now.

Thursday June 7, 2012/ Farmscape/ Canada.
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