Unlike some of our competitors, we rely almost entirely on independent farmers to sell us the pigs we need for our pork plants. We support continuous improvement in the way farmers manage their pigs, including the type of housing they use for pregnant mother pigs, known as sows. We have encouraged them to focus on the quality and quantity of the space for pregnant sows when they remodel or build new barns.
As of December 2017, 45% of the sows from our contract sow farmers are housed in open pens. We expect that number to grow to 58% by the end of calendar year 2018.
For additional information, see our Animal Well-Being page.