Australia: Sow stalls a thing of the past

16-06-2010 | |
Australia: Sow stalls a thing of the past

Sow stalls are in the spotlight again, and it may become a thing of the past in Australia.

The pork industry in Australia will consider phasing out sow stalls if it is backed by the country’s governments and retailers, according to reports.
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Consultation process
Australian Pork Limited (APL) has announced today that a five month consultation process is to take place, named ‘Shaping our Future.’ Sow gestation stalls, imports, labelling and labour will be the issues©under review. Andrew Spencer, APL chief executive, has said that the consultation process would give leeway to delve into the views of the industry and other key sector stakeholders.
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Phasing out sow stalls
“The gestation stalls issue cannot be viewed in isolation. If sow stalls are phased out, it is likely that pork producers will experience a decrease in productivity. There will be increased demand for labour and for skilled staff to meet the specialist needs of other housing systems; consequently labour costs for producers will increase. Should producers ultimately agree to move down the path of a gestation stall-free environment, the industry will need strong support from retailers as well as both state and federal governments,” added Spencer.
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Tasmanian Government has made the decision a week ago to phase out sow stalls over three years. The phasing out will©begin©in 2014, which sparked criticism from APL and others groups as it is seen as a decision made in isolation.
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APL will see to it that talks about these complex issues will take place with the relevant stakeholders; producers, retailers, regulators, credible welfare organisations and others.

Source: weeklytimesnow.com.au

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