u25b3 the New York Times reported that a large number of pigs were slaughtered due to the shutdown of meat processing plants.
A large number of pigs are slaughtered without permission
In order to reduce the losses, many pig farmers have taken many measures to alleviate the current crisis, including increasing the temperature of pig houses to reduce the appetite of pigs, reducing feed supply and abortion for pregnant sows. However, there are pigs that can be put on the market, which is still a big problem to be solved. In this case, the farmers have to euthanize or kill the overstocked pigs by themselves, including injecting high concentration of carbon dioxide into the pig house, injecting drugs or directly shooting, and these pigs can not become pork that can be consumed without formal processing. According to CBS News on May 14 local time, JBS, the US meat processor, announced that it would open a slaughterhouse in Worthington, Minnesota, to help farmers slaughter pigs.
However, the most frustrating thing for farmers is that they dont know how long it will last. In an interview with NPR local time on May 14, Lehman, a member of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, said the current crisis may last for months.
Its hard to deal with pigs slaughtered when food becomes waste
How to deal with these pig carcasses that cant be sold as food and piled up into mountains in the farm is a more difficult problem than killing a backlog of pigs. According to Yahoo News on May 14, in some areas, pig carcasses are usually transported to garbage disposal plants for burial, while in some places, such as norbles County, Minnesota, this treatment method is not feasible. According to Beth Thompson, a veterinarian and director of the local animal health committee, due to the high groundwater level, in order to prevent the buried pig carcasses from polluting the groundwater, the government requires farmers to use wood crushing machines to crush the pig carcasses and compost on the surface.
In addition, darling innovations Inc., based in Texas, recently received a large number of pig carcasses because it can convert animal fat into feed and fuel. According to Randall Stewart, the companys chief executive, a large amount of pork has been sent to refine in recent weeks, and the farmers who brought the pork said they wanted to make room for the next batch of garbage in the pigsty.
According to the New York Times, Iowas agriculture department, pig breeding Association and Iowa State University have jointly set up a special resource sharing center to guide farmers how to deal with a large number of pig carcasses. After all, the emergence of such a large number of abnormal slaughtered pigs in such a short period of time is also a great burden to the natural environment.
According to Yahoo Finance, there has been a decline in the supply of meat and a rise in the price of meat in various markets in the United States. Wholesale pork prices have doubled since April, the biggest monthly increase since records began in 1998. John Tyson, chairman of Tyson Foods, said that because the U.S. meat processing capacity has declined by nearly 40% and the U.S. food supply chain has lost millions of pounds of meat products, the pig breeding in the U.S. can fully meet the national pork consumption, and the problem is that the production capacity of processing plants cannot keep up with it..
u25b3 vox: the closure of meat processing plants has led to a large backlog of living livestock, with unimaginable consequences.