The pressure to move to loose housing builds across North America

Activist campaigning has already led to a move away from gestation stalls in the United States and now Ontario is beginning to feel the impact. But, here at least, change is mainly industry-led


As the pressure to get gestation stalls out of pork production systems across North America comes to bear in Ontario Dave Van Moorsel wonders whether his solution will work for larger scale producers.

First in 2004 and again in 2007, Van Moorsel expanded his sow herd to 300 by renovating unused finishing space in an old bank barn into group housing and floor feeding.  It was a “cheap and easy solution,” says the pork producer who farms with his wife Tara south of Parkhill.

Better Pork - October 2012