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Animal Care

Sow Stall Conversion Process Update

C. Larry PopeI am very pleased to report that our livestock production subsidiary, Murphy-Brown LLC, has made major progress toward the conversion from individual gestation stalls to group housing arrangements for pregnant sows on company farms.

While the conversion slowed during the recent recession due to significant operating losses, Smithfield announced at the September 2010 shareholders meeting that significant resources had again been committed to the conversion. We also resolved to announce our progress on a regular basis.

We are now confident that by December 31, 2011, we will have completed conversions for 30 percent of the sows on our farms, which was our target for this year.

Smithfield was the first major producer in our industry (which includes over 60,000 producers) to publicly commit to converting sow housing to group pens and remains the only large producer to do so. We will continue the conversion as planned with the goal of completing conversion for all sows on company farms by the end of 2017, and today we are on course to achieve that goal. While we initially had concerns during the recession about whether we could meet the 2017 goal, we are now back on track and barring unforeseen circumstances beyond our control we are confident that we will achieve our stated goal.

 

C. Larry Pope
President and Chief Executive Officer
Smithfield Foods, Inc. 
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Piglets begin their life on a sow farm, a place for pregnant mother pigs and their newly born young. Watch the process from the beginning and see how we ensure our piglets and sows remain healthy and comfortable. _______________________________________ If you'd like to give feedback about our videos or have other comments you'd like to share with us, please feel free to contact us via our corporate website, our Facebook page, or our Twitter account, found at the links below. http://smithfieldfoods.com/ http://www.facebook.com/SmithfieldFoods http://twitter.com/SmithfieldFoods

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After being weaned, piglets are moved to a "nursery farm" until they weigh approximately 50 pounds. See what happens on a nursery farm, and some of the techniques we've adopted to ensure their health, comfort and safety. _______________________________________ If you'd like to give feedback about our videos or have other comments you'd like to share with us, please feel free to contact us via our corporate website, our Facebook page, or our Twitter account, found at the links below. http://smithfieldfoods.com/ http://www.facebook.com/SmithfieldFoods http://twitter.com/SmithfieldFoods

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