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Minnesota farmers trying to find markets for their hogs and save their livelihoods
StarTribune.com ^ | 4/24/20 | Mike Hughlett

Posted on 04/24/2020 7:27:27 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

With Smithfield Foods' Sioux Falls pork plant closed by a COVID-19 outbreak, Minnesota hog farmer Greg Boerboom may face a grim choice.

The South Dakota plant had been scheduled this week to slaughter about 1,400 of Boerboom's pigs. Smithfield directed 25% of that shipment to another Smithfield plant in Illinois — with Boerboom paying the extra $1,500 in freight costs.

The remaining 850 hogs are in limbo. Boerboom is seeking a destination for them before they grow too big for market and thus face euthanization.

Over 3,000 healthy pigs were put down in Minnesota this week, and 200,000 more could soon follow.

"There's never been anything like this," Boerboom said. If idled pork plants don't open soon, "we are going to see multi­generational, longstanding [hog] farms not get through this financially."

Minnesota is the nation's third largest hog-producing state. And pork is critical to Minnesota's agricultural economy.

Up to 30% of the nation's pork-processing capacity is shuttered as COVID-19 cases have spread through factories.

JBS USA's big plant in Worthington, which processes 20,000 hogs a day, was indefinitely idled Monday. Major slaughterhouses in Iowa — also prime destinations for Minnesota-grown hogs — have been closed, too.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Agriculture; Food; Local News; Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: bacon; chinavirus; coronavirus; hogfarmers; mn; pigfarmers; pigs; porkplants; smithfield
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Mr. President, please, save our bacon.
1 posted on 04/24/2020 7:27:27 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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"There's never been anything like this," Boerboom said. If idled pork plants don't open soon, "we are going to see multi­generational, longstanding [hog] farms not get through this financially."

This is the Democrat's and the media's plan for all business. Pass a law allowing them to slaughter them and sell the meat real cheap to first come, first served for a week. The President could probably get something like that done.

2 posted on 04/24/2020 7:29:37 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

democrat socialists get a tertiary agenda goal

reducing meat comsumption, and hey if it means killing the animals for no good reason, well its the ends justify the means.

Deomcrat socialists: we will kill all of our entire supporters to make them safer and accomplish our goals


3 posted on 04/24/2020 7:30:16 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not Averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Abolish the FDA and they can sell them where they want and manufacturers can provide the needed PPE.


4 posted on 04/24/2020 7:32:56 PM PDT by rey
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Truck them throughout the US sell them to farmers.


5 posted on 04/24/2020 7:36:09 PM PDT by jetson (chiwowa)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

I wonder if the Chinese have anything to do with the spread of the Wuhan virus at our processing plants?


6 posted on 04/24/2020 7:37:52 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Jerusalem is the city of the Great King!!!)
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Don’t we all...


7 posted on 04/24/2020 7:39:30 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (MAGA!!!)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Think of it as a conveyor line, and the pigs at the very front of the conveyor are blocked from being removed (slaughtered) and there are still sows in the farrowing rooms giving births. The conveyor can’t be stopped, so something has to give.

Sad solution to the problem is going to be hundreds of thousand of pigs killed, and probably just buried.

BTW I raised 250,000 pigs before I sold my farm.


8 posted on 04/24/2020 7:40:49 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle ( The Great Wall of Trump ---- 100% sealing of the border. Coming soon.)
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Some of the States still open could manage them. Surely, not ALL pork processors are owned by China.


9 posted on 04/24/2020 7:41:56 PM PDT by Flaming Conservative ((Pray without ceasing))
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Truck them throughout the US sell them to farmers.

That would make sense but I BET that there are VOLUMES of laws prohibiting that...national, regional and state laws.

10 posted on 04/24/2020 7:42:03 PM PDT by cloudmountain
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I’ve noticed in the past week that people are now buying up and hoarding bacon like toilet paper.

Shelves are empty around here.


11 posted on 04/24/2020 7:44:13 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (MAGA!!!)
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“...Democrat socialists: we will kill all of our entire supporters to make them safer and accomplish our goals...”

After what we’ve witnessed with this virus BS, I believe they’d kill every single Jew, African American, etc. in the country IF they thought it would further their cause. They’re bloodthirsty, ruthless, radical communists hellbent on destroying everything we hold dear in this nation. Yet, Jews, Blacks, etc. continue to vote for them....it’s insane.


12 posted on 04/24/2020 7:48:28 PM PDT by lgjhn23 (Libs are a virus.....the DemoVirus!!)
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To: cloudmountain

Truck them throughout the US sell them to farmers.
..........

That would make sense but I BET that there are VOLUMES of laws prohibiting that...national, regional and state laws.
...........

Volumes of laws. .......no doubt. Government sucks.


13 posted on 04/24/2020 7:49:20 PM PDT by redshawk ( I want my red balloon. ( https://youtu.be/V12H2mteniE))
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"and sell the meat real cheap"

Did not work in the South (previous FR Thead) when a chicken processor was selling 80# boxes of frozen chicken for $45 a box.

Cops shut them down due to the traffic jams.

14 posted on 04/24/2020 7:49:21 PM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, chances will be taken that's fore sure)
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They're all hams anyway. pig8
15 posted on 04/24/2020 7:51:18 PM PDT by SimpleJack
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Id buy a pig. how much?


16 posted on 04/24/2020 7:53:21 PM PDT by CJ Wolf ( #wwg1wga #gin&tonic #godwins)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

They should turn them loose. Every pig farm that has animals with no market just let them go. Pigs will find a way!


17 posted on 04/24/2020 7:56:01 PM PDT by 9422WMR (Hong Kong phooey! Number one super fraud!)
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To: Deaf Smith

Trying to think of some way to avoid a total loss.


18 posted on 04/24/2020 7:57:52 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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Arnold is not liking this.. 🐖
19 posted on 04/24/2020 7:59:27 PM PDT by smvoice (I WILL NOT WEAR THE RIBBON.)
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To: MeneMeneTekelUpharsin
Do not think that Fronteir Meats in Ft Worth (Texas y'all) has the capacity for all the Nothern hog farms.

Ft Worth at one time could handle the volume.

The Swift plants of Ft Worth are long gone.

20 posted on 04/24/2020 8:04:36 PM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, chances will be taken that's fore sure)
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