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· Dorian Aims At Hog Operations In Parts Of The Southeast
· Meat Industry Bracing For Dorian
Dorian Aims At Hog Operations In Parts Of The Southeast
by Rhonda Brooks, AgWeb
Sep 03, 2019
Hurricane Dorian, now a Category 3 storm, is slowly moving away from the Bahamas and inching its way toward the southeastern United States. Forecasters predict Dorian will move “dangerously close” to the Florida coast this evening. It is then expected to turn north/northeast on Wednesday and begin moving slowly up the coasts of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.
In North Carolina, Gov. Roy Cooper is urging livestock owners and residents at large to act now to ready for the hurricane. The National Weather Service reports that the coastal areas of the Carolinas “could see Dorian’s effects through early Friday, including anywhere from 5” to 15” of rain and life-threatening flash floods."
Hog producers are urged to move animals out of harm’s way, get generators set up, manage lagoon preparedness and insure adequate food and supplies are on-hand to help operations weather the storm. The state ranks second in the nation for hog production and has a current inventory of 8.9 million hogs.
Gov. Cooper has lifted a requirement to weigh vehicles transporting livestock, poultry or crops ready to be harvested. He also is allowing drivers to work longer than normally allowed.
In South Carolina and Georgia, animal movement health requirements for pets, equine and livestock are being suspended until Sept. 19 for Dorian evacuees.
North Carolina state officials provided six emergency preparedness recommendations:
more, including storm map
Meat Industry Bracing For Dorian
By RFD-TV News
Posted: Sep 03, 2019
Hurricane Dorian churns off of Florida's Atlantic coast. The slow-moving system is expected to be 50 miles offshore tonight then head north toward Georgia and the Carolinas an agriculture region impacted by previous hurricanes in the last couple years.
The strength of the system has been downgraded, but forecasters expect it to remain a category 3 hurricane. Meat packers, like Smithfield Foods, and producers in the path of the storm are prepping for impact. According to meatingplace.com, producers are buying generators, boarding up facilities, and managing lagoons. Carolina hog producers were hit hard by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence in 2018.
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