Tyson Foods Outlines Letter to Hog Farmers Urging Production Practice ChangesThu, 09 Jan 2014 14:30:31 CST
Tyson Foods has outlined measures the company is taking on hog raising practices in a letter sent January 8, to the hog farmers who supply the company. These steps are being taken as part of Tyson's ongoing animal well-being program and reflect input received from the company's Animal Well-Being Advisory Panel, customers, farmers and industry experts. They also reflect Tyson's continuing efforts to balance the expectations of consumers with the realities of today's hog farming business.
As noted in the letter, Tyson is 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.
Click on the PDF link below to read the original letter from Tyson to its pork suppliers.
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