Smithfield’s group housing transition is on track

Smithfield Foods, Inc. reports that at the end of 2012 it had successfully transitioned 38 percent of pregnant sows on its company-owned farms in the U.S. from individual gestation stalls to group housing systems.

In the latest update, the company reported that it remains on track to finish its conversion to group housing on all company-owned farms in the U.S. by 2017.

In 2007, Smithfield announced that it would convert to group housing for pregnant sows on all company-owned U.S. farms.  The company says it made the move based on input from its customers.

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