Maple Leaf Foods announced today that has converted more than 40,000 sows, or over 50 per cent of its herd, to its advanced open sow housing system, developing a superior approach to husbandry and barn design that creates a benchmark for humane care of sows.
By the end of 2021, Maple Leaf will transition 100 per cent of its herd to the new system and will become the first scale producer to achieve this milestone in North America. This will also position Maple Leaf as a supplier of choice to retail and foodservice customers across North America, well ahead of their deadline to only source pork from open housing systems by 2024.
Canadians continue to place value on food provenance and animal welfare when buying meat. Maple Leaf said in a statement that by providing the best, most humane care possible for animals, this is food Canadians can feel good about eating.