Group housing of sows, a prominent issue in the pork industry, will be addressed March 19 during a meeting at the University of Illinois Extension office on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.
“This topic continues to generate much discussion in the industry,” explained Hans Stein, U of I Extension swine specialist. “This meeting will bring together experts from around the world to share their experiences on this topic.
Expert on sow housing
“Included on the program is Bjarne Pederson of Denmark, an internationally known expert on group housing of sows and how it has worked in his country. He will also be discussing other general trends in the European swine industry related to animal welfare practices.”
Other presenters include Janeen Salek-Johnson of the U of I Department of Animal Sciences; Tom Stuthman, Automated Production Systems of Assumption; David Meier and Mac Luna, two South Dakota swine producers who have used group housing for sows; and Sam Baidoo of the University of Minnesota.
Several groups are sponsoring the meeting, including the Illinois Pork Council, the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA), and U of I Extension.