Tyson Foods, in a letter yesterday, urges its hog farmers – contract and independent – to implement a series of production practices that it considers representative of responsible food production.
As part of an ongoing Animal Well-Being program, Tyson recommends:
1) Increase the number of third-party sow farm audits conducted through Tyson’s FarmCheck program
2) Urge hog producers to use video monitoring of 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.