The first-ever Tri-State Sow Housing Conference will be held on February 9, 2016, in Columbus, OH, United States, in conjunction with the Ohio Pork Congress.
The event, for which pre-registration is possible until February 1, marks a next step in the United States’ development towards embracing group housing systems. Over the years, increasing numbers of large pork producers decided to move away from the use of sow stalls. When choosing for new ways of production, however, the main questions are ‘how?’.
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For the US swine industry, the most controversial animal welfare issue debated over to date is the discussion on housing facilities of pregnant sows; more specifically, the use of gestation stalls/crates.
With exactly that question in mind, the sow housing conference aims to provide educational material to help prepare Indiana, Michigan and Ohio producers. The event, organised by The Ohio State University, Michigan State University and Purdue University, shall have various speakers from the US and abroad, sharing insights from many angles.
The conference will be held in the Crowne Plaza North, in Columbus, OH. It will last from 8 am until 4 pm.