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· North Carolina pork producers are prepared for Hurricane Dorian
· ‘We’ve Faced 20 Hurricanes In 20 Years’ N.C. Pork Producers
North Carolina pork producers are prepared for Hurricane Dorian
In recent hurricanes Matthew (2016) and Florence (2018) there were not widespread impacts to or from swine farms, as reported in post-storm assessments.
Source: North Carolina Pork Council (NCPC)
via National Hog Farmer - Sep 04, 2019
The North Carolina pork industry is ready for the approach of Hurricane Dorian and to respond as necessary to protect human health, animals and the environment. Surveying by the North Carolina Pork Council indicates that anaerobic treatment lagoons have been well managed through the crop-growing season and can receive the amounts of rain forecasted.
North Carolina hog farmers have seen about 20 hurricanes over the past 20 years. Farmers, veterinarians, environmental specialists and other experts have, working with state regulators and other partners, made tremendous strides in preparation for storms. These measures include the closure of more than 100 swine farms that were in flood-prone areas.
In recent hurricanes Matthew (2016) and Florence (2018) there were not widespread impacts to or from swine farms, as reported in post-storm assessments. In both of those record-breaking storms, more than 98% of the industry’s anerobic treatment lagoons did not have negative impacts. Swine losses were extremely low and isolated. Significant agricultural losses were concentrated in other sectors.
The NCPC urges caution...
‘We’ve Faced 20 Hurricanes In 20 Years’ N.C. Pork Producers
by Rhonda Brooks, AgWeb
Sep 04, 2019
Hurricane Dorian is weaving her way up the Atlantic Coast today, and pork producers in North Carolina are ready for her.
“We take measures year-round to be ready for hurricanes—it’s something we’re straight-forward and deliberate about planning for on an ongoing basis,” notes Andy Curliss, North Carolina Pork Council CEO.
Curliss says pork producers in the state have faced 20 hurricanes in the past 20 years—one each of those years. The ongoing experience with such storms has taught producers in the state the kinds of steps they need to take to be ready.
“Proper management of the farm is a big part of preparing. For instance, a lot of people are running their generators for several hours today, making sure they’re in good working order, and everyone’s making sure they have adequate feed on hand,” he says.
Along with that, producers are moving pigs between farms to ensure their safety and comfort. And, as possible, North Carolina producers are shipping pigs a bit early to be fed out in the Midwest or on to market.
“We’ve got trucks running nonstop between here and the Midwest, making deliveries. When the drivers get back here, they’ll clean the trucks, get another load and go again,” he says.
Along with the various steps producers are taking to deal with hurricanes, Corliss notes that measures have included, over the years, the voluntary closure of more than 100 swine farms that were in flood-prone areas.
Curliss notes that, as of Wednesday afternoon, Hurricane Dorian is predicted to deliver a "glancing blow" to North Carolina. Still, Dorian is expected to remain a powerful hurricane during the next few days. Maximum sustained winds were about 105 mph early Wednesday, according to the National Hurricane Center...
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