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Maple Leaf Foods to convert all company sow barns to advanced open housing system in 2021

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Maple Leaf Foods has announced that by the end of 2021, it will complete transitioning all breeding sows in company-owned barns to its “Advanced Open Sow Housing System.” The system provides optimized, open housing during pregnancy that allows sows to roam, rest, feed and socialize freely. 

In 2014, Canada’s pork industry committed to ending gestation crate use by 2024. Maple Leaf Foods signed this agreement but set a more ambitious timeline to convert all its owned Maple Leaf Agri-Farms sow barns to the new system by the end of 2021. Maple Leaf Foods’ company-owned barns produce approximately 40 per cent of the pigs the company uses annually to produce its branded pork products.

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