Sow Management Considerations for Proposition 12 Changes

Guide discusses breeding herd management under California Proposition 12

November 27, 2023, 8:30 am | Matt Romoser

AMES, Iowa – Decisions around sow barn remodeling, reducing sow herd inventory and adjusting gilt flow are some of the challenges U.S. pork producers face as they explore and consider options to make farms compliant with California’s Proposition 12 requirements. A new resource from the Iowa Pork Industry Center offers information for producers who plan to transition their own production.

Sows in a swine facility, photo courtesty of the National Pork Board.Matt Romoser, swine specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, is one of the authors. He said the goal for the publication, "Sow Management Considerations with California Proposition 12," was to provide some considerations for producers on how to manage the breeding herd under the guidelines of California Prop 12.

"This fact sheet includes what we know today on how to manage sows under these regulations," he said. "So, whether you're a sow farm manager with no group housing experience, or an owner looking to the future and considering retrofitting or building new, it can be a helpful resource."

Chris Rademacher, associate director of the Iowa Pork Industry Center and extension swine veterinarian; and Laura Greiner, director of Iowa Pork Industry Center and animal science assistant professor, are the other authors.

The four-page publication IPIC 207 is available at no charge from the Iowa State University Extension Store.

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