New resource offers sow management considerations for Prop 12 related changes

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 Iowa Pork Industry Center offers information for producers who plan to transition their own production.

Iowa State University extension swine specialist Matt Romoser 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 ISU extension swine veterinarian; and Laura Greiner, director of Iowa Pork Industry Center and animal science assistant professor are the other authors of this publication.

The four-page publication IPIC 207 is available at no charge from the ISU Extension store.