Pork Producers http://www.kunc.org en A Signal To Hog Farmers: Cargill To Stop Use Of Gestation Crates http://www.kunc.org/post/signal-hog-farmers-cargill-stop-use-gestation-crates <p>Cargill, one of the country’s largest pork producers,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cargill.com/news/releases/2014/NA31657661.jsp" target="_blank">announced Monday</a> that it will stop using gestation crates, the <a href="http://harvestpublicmedia.org/article/1366/crate-question-looms-over-pork-producers/5" target="_blank">controversial narrow cages</a> meant to house and separate sows. Cargill is joining other major meatpackers, like competitors Tyson and Smithfield Foods, in planning to move away from hog crates.</p><p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 20:38:58 +0000 Grant Gerlock & Harvest Public Media 57540 at http://www.kunc.org A Signal To Hog Farmers: Cargill To Stop Use Of Gestation Crates Egg Law Latest Battleground In Animal Welfare Fight http://www.kunc.org/post/egg-law-latest-battleground-animal-welfare-fight <p>By most measures, David Kesten's hens are living the good life.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Frank Morris & Harvest Public Media 54591 at http://www.kunc.org Egg Law Latest Battleground In Animal Welfare Fight States Fight California's Chicken Cage Law. But It's Really About Bacon http://www.kunc.org/post/states-fight-californias-chicken-cage-law-its-really-about-bacon By most measures, David Kesten's hens are living the good life.<p>"They can act like chickens, they can run around," says Kesten, who's raising hens in an old wooden shed in the open countryside near Concordia, Mo. "They can go out and catch bugs, they can dig in the ground."<p>But most U.S. hens live crammed into very close quarters, according to <a href="http://www.humanesociety.org/about/leadership/executive_staff/joe_maxwell.html">Joe Maxwell</a>, with the Humane Society of the U.S. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 08:14:00 +0000 54488 at http://www.kunc.org States Fight California's Chicken Cage Law. But It's Really About Bacon 'Piglet Smoothie' Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged http://www.kunc.org/post/piglet-smoothie-fed-sows-prevent-disease-activists-outraged Animal welfare groups go to great lengths to show us how "the sausage" is made inside the factory-style farms that produce most of our meat. For the past few years, they've armed activists with video cameras and sent them undercover to document alleged abuses or risky practices.<p>On Thursday, the Humane Society of the U.S. released its latest video — a look at how one hog farm in Kentucky is dealing with <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=265706146&live=1">porcine epidemic diarrhea virus</a>, or PEDV. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 23:40:00 +0000 Eliza Barclay 54195 at http://www.kunc.org 'Piglet Smoothie' Fed To Sows To Prevent Disease; Activists Outraged Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon http://www.kunc.org/post/pig-virus-continues-spread-raising-fears-pricier-bacon Pork producers across the country are grappling with a virus that's going after piglets. Livestock economists estimate the porcine epidemic diarrhea, or PED, virus has already killed about 1 million baby pigs in the U.S. since it was first found in Iowa last spring.<p>Canada <a href="http://www.opic.on.ca/images/pdfs/ONPEDNOTIFICATION.pdf">reported</a> its first case Thursday, and the disease shows no sign of abating. Sun, 26 Jan 2014 10:05:00 +0000 Amy Mayer 53645 at http://www.kunc.org Pig Virus Continues To Spread, Raising Fears Of Pricier Bacon