Local

National Pork Board Responds To Tyson’s Producer Recommendations

National Pork Board Responds To Tyson’s Producer Recommendations

Tyson Foods is urging its pork suppliers to implement a series of production practices that it deems representative of responsible food production.  One recommendation is for discontinuation of manual blunt force trauma as a primary method of euthanasia and use of pain mitigation for tail docking and castration. National Pork Board’s Cindy Cunningham says her group urges producers to work with their local vets to address those concerns.

Tyson also recommends that sow housing built or renovated in 2014 and beyond needs to provide adequate quality and quantity of space for gestating sows. Cunningham says the National Pork Board supports producers making their own housing decisions which is backed by both the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Swine Vets.

Tyson also is urging producers to use video monitoring in their sow farms. Cunningham says video monitoring is just one of several options that can be used but costs need to be considered.

Cunningham says video monitoring needs to be balanced with a comprehensive approach to animal welfare that includes caretaker training.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Clean Up Underway After Strong Storms

Dakota City storm 90114

Clean up is underway in Dakota City Nebraska and Sergeant Bluff Iowa after strong storms moved through late Sunday afternoon.

in Local

US Facing Critical Issues in the Mid-East

john thune

South Dakota Senator John Thune says the US needs strong leadership to confront terror in the mid-east.

in Local

Labor Day Time to Push for Higher Wages in South Dakota

Money Coins

South Dakota voters can decide on a higher minimum wage in the November election.

in Local

SD Legislative Committee Asks EB-5 Participant to Appear

JeanHunhoff131

The Government Operations and Audit Committee of the South Dakota Legislature has asked Joop Bolen to appear at it's September 24th meeting.

in Local

South Dakota Now Top Hydro-power State

mo river 51412

The Wall Street Journal says South Dakota now is one of the top hydro power producing states in the country.