Tyson Foods

Lauren Chapman / IPB News

 

President Donald Trump declared meat processing plants “critical infrastructure” to keep facilities operating through the COVID-19 crisis. Indiana is home to two pork production facilities that have closed temporarily due to increased cases among workers.

(Pixabay )

 

Another Indiana pork processing facility is closing due to the coronavirus. It’s a move that will place additional pressure on the pork pipeline.

The Indiana Packers Corporation [IPC] will suspend operations Monday at its Delphi processing facility, according to a letter sent to farmers Friday. It says the move responds to “an increasing number of positive tests of COVID-19 in neighboring communities and reports that Indiana is closing in on the expected peak of infections.”

Currently 15 workers there have confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Meatpacking Plant Closures Hurting Some Indiana Pig Farmers

Apr 24, 2020
CREDIT ELISSA NADWORNY / NPR

 

Covid-19 outbreaks have forced several meatpacking plants across the United States to temporarily close, including a large Tyson meatpacking plant in Logansport, Indiana. The closures are starting to affect local meat farmers.

For farmers who contract with large meat processors like Tyson, the closures are drastically disrupting the food supply chain.

Samantha Horton / IPB News

 

Tyson Foods is temporarily closing its pork processing facility in Indiana after employees there tested positive for the coronavirus. The shutdown will be felt throughout the agricultural industry in the state.

The National Pork Producers Council estimates losses of at least $5 billion to hog producers due to supply market disruptions from COVID-19.

A new report from the Animal Welfare Institute says Indiana lags in enforcing humane slaughter rules at small, state-inspected meat plants – that it issues citations, but never stops production.

The Indiana Board of Animal Health took issue with that logic, saying its inspectors are doing their jobs.

Hog Buyers See A Big Market For Small Pigs

Apr 13, 2016
Annie Ropeik/Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana has the fifth largest pig farming industry in the country, turning out 8.5 million hogs a year. But some are too small for the huge slaughterhouses that require pigs to be a certain size and condition for speedy processing.

Now, Indiana's industry to broker these smaller pigs is growing.

Nebraska-based Wiechman Pig Company opened a new facility in Delphi in late March. Inside, a big, friendly sow greets manager Jeff Petree. She's one of a couple dozen pigs he bought from Indiana farmers in his opening week.