Animal Welfare

We believe animal welfare issues, including animal husbandry practices and humane processing, are issues of importance to all of our members. 

Animal Welfare Webinar Recordings

FMI Policy Statement on Animal Welfare

FMI's Board of Directors has adopted an industry policy and program components to be shared with our customers and our suppliers in the producer community. Developed in 2012, this represents the industry’s current policy on animal welfare.

Animal Welfare Policy Statement

Producer Animal Care Programs

For information on animal welfare, handling guidelines and audit procedures for the meat, poultry, dairy and egg industries, visit: 

Additional Cage Free Egg Resources

Additional Sow Gestation Stall Resources

Resources on Economics

  • Economic Impact of Transitioning from Gestation Stalls to Group Pen Housing – A Revisiting of the 2007 Study by Brian Buhr
    Steve R. Meyer, Ph.D, National Pork Board Meeting June 5, 2012
    Full Report

Resources on Gestation Sow Housing Systems

Animal Welfare Leadership


Drawn from the academic disciplines of animal and veterinary science, FMI's Food Animal Advisory Committee is a group of experts in animal husbandry and behavior, veterinary medicine and agriculture production that provide counsel, advice and consultation services to FMI membership regarding issues of food animal welfare.

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