USA, Washington. US pig farmers suffer high losses of income because slaughter lines are at a standstill. They demand a lifeline from the state.
Currently, there are about two million animals ready for slaughter in US pigsties, for which slaughtering capacities are lacking because conveyor belts are idle due to Covid-19 infections of the personnel. According to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC), these surpluses are putting pressure on slaughter pig prices. The NPPC calculates a loss of income for US fatteners in 2020 of around $ 4.7 bn. and is demanding that Congress pay aid to the farms.
This is because in addition to the lower revenues from sales on the market, there would also be costs if unsaleable pigs had to be slaughtered or were given away for free for donations. In total, the losses this year would amount to about $5 billion and could continue into 2021, the NPPC said. "Many US pig farmers will not survive this crisis," said NPPC President Howard Roth, who himself breeds pigs in the US state of Wisconsin. "We urge legislators to provide a lifeline to pig farmers across the country," Roth added.