In Canada, producers are losing between C$30 to C$50 per head ($21 to $35). The backlog of hogs waiting for slaughter in eastern Canada alone stood at 92,000 at the end of last week, according to the Canadian Pork Council. (Sounds more like condemned prisoners awaiting their fate.)
In parts of western Canada, producers who normally sell baby pigs to the U.S. are unable to do so due to closures at American processing plants, Bergmann said. The shutdowns eliminate slaughter for several weeks and that creates a huge backlog of animals waiting to move through the system, he said.
Canadian producers are hoping the federal government provides them with an immediate cash injection of C$20 per animal to pay bills and employees and weather the crisis. “It is high time that this murderous industry is no longer funded with levies. Provide producers who produce healthy plants with subsidies and dramatically improve the nation’s health)
“It’s backlogging and we’re fearful the problem is going to get worse,” Bergmann said.
Out of Options
In Minnesota, there have been isolated cases of farmers destroying fully grown hogs, said David Preisler, chief executive officer at the Minnesota Pork Producers Association.
“Farmers are starting to run out of options with what to do with market-ready pigs,” he said by telephone. “There are other pigs that have been born that need to get into that barn space.”
Hog farmers don’t have the facilities to hold the animals and when they grow too large to be handled by packers, growers don’t have much choice, said Steve Meyer, an economist at consultant Kerns & Associates.
By comparison, cattle ranchers have extra pens in the feed yard and can put animals on diets that are designed to slow their growth until slaughter capacity becomes available. Broiler operations have been breaking eggs for the past four to five weeks, Meyer said.
“Nobody wants to do this,” (what kill pigs before they are the right weight for slaughter?) the said. “It’s not as easy as dumping milk on the ground like the dairy guys do. It’s not as easy as breaking eggs in a broiler operation and eight weeks later having fewer birds on the market. We have a 10 month chain from the time until the pigs hit the market.”
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