News last update:Feb 25, 2016

Tyson Foods addresses hog suppliers on raising practices

Us hog producer Tyson Foods has written to the hog farmers who supply it outlining measures the company is taking on hog raising practices.

The steps are being taken as part of the company's ongoing animal well-being program and reflect input they've received from its Animal Well-Being Advisory Panel, customers, farmers and industry experts. The company says that the measures also reflect its continuing efforts to balance the expectations of consumers with the realities of today's hog farming business.

As noted in the letter, available here, the company will be doing the following:

1-Increasing the number of third party sow farm audits conducted through the 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.

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