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Video Examines Myths About Sow Housing Systems

A new Meat MythCrusher video takes viewers on a tour of a sow housing operation to explain the complex humane handling considerations that go into housing systems for pregnant sows. The video features Stacy Scramlin, Ph.D., assistant professor of animal science at South Dakota State University and Janet Riley, American Meat Institute (AMI) senior vice president of public affairs and liaison to the Animal Welfare Committee, touring a modern, biosecure hog facility where visitors must shower when entering and exiting to ensure the health of the pigs.

Scramlin discusses issues that must be considered when selecting the best sow housing for a particular farm, including management of feed and water as well and protection of sows from one another. She notes that according to the American Veterinary Medical Association, welfare is determined by several factors, not just the housing system.

The Meat MythCrusher video series is produced by AMI in conjunction with the American Meat Science Association, and seeks to bust some of the most common myths surrounding meat and poultry production and processing.

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