Loose Sow Housing: Will you take
advantage of the brave new world of pork
What is "loose sow
What made loose housing for swine an issue
in the first place? Why are pork
producers in America watching the loose sow
housing issue so closely today?
things, but the bottom line is consumer
concerns. Simply defined, "loose sow
housing" is a pork production housing system
for female swine that allows them to move
with minimal restriction.
Group sow housing isn't about letting
animals run completely free.
However, as supermarkets and restaurants respond to
these consumer concerns for animal welfare
(whether or not they are science-based
concerns), they are asking their meat
suppliers to consider the benefits of loose
housing. Some are even offering
preferential treatment to suppliers offering
meat produced in loose sow facilities. The
list of vendors asking for loose housing
production, added to the list of state
governments in the US mandating loose
housing production has caught the attention
of the pork industry.
Here's the opportunity. Food retailers
benefit from letting customers know they’re
listening to their concerns. Pork producers
who make the transition to loose sow housing
a priority may have the opportunity to win
business they might not otherwise gain.