Cargill has plans to eliminate the use of gestation crates for Cargill-owned sows, the company announced.
By the end of 2015, Cargill will phase out the crates in the facilities it owns. Contract hog farms that contain Cargill-owned sows will move to group housing by 2017.
The offspring of Cargill-owned sows represent about 30% of the hogs slaughtered at Cargill pork processing facilities.
Pressure from clients and consumers led Cargill to make the change.