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·         Iowa Select Farms Forced to Euthanize Some of Swine Herd

“Sadly, Iowa Select has been forced to make this heartbreaking decision for some of its herd.”

 

·         Iowa farm forced to euthanize pigs was 'infiltrated' by animal activists

… No one was injured, and the property was not damaged, but employees were taunted, harassed and videotaped during the euthanasia process, "at a moment that was a very hard time for our employees already," said Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms, which owns more than 800 farms across the state…  

 

·         Iowa Select Media Release: COVID-19 Continues to Impact Hog Farmers

… The thought of euthanizing entire herds is devastating since a farmer is dedicated to feeding families around the world…

 

 

Iowa Select Farms Forced to Euthanize Some of Swine Herd

 

By Betsy Freese, Successful Farming

Agriculture.com - 5/20/2020

 

COVID-19 has caused many pork processing plants to shut down temporarily or reduce capacity because employees have tested positive for the virus. This decrease in capacity has created a backlog of hundreds of thousands of pigs staying on farms. Many pork producers have been forced to make difficult decisions on how to manage the backlog’s impact on their operations.

 

“The thought of euthanizing entire herds is devastating,” says Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms. “Sadly, Iowa Select has been forced to make this heartbreaking decision for some of its herd.”

 

Veterinarians and production well-being professionals are overseeing the process to ensure accordance with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and American Veterinary Medical Association, she says....

 

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Iowa farm forced to euthanize pigs was 'infiltrated' by animal activists

 

Kim Norvell, Des Moines Register (IA)

May 20, 2020

 

An Iowa farm that has been forced to euthanize hogs because of the coronavirus was "infiltrated" by unknown animal activists this week.

 

No one was injured, and the property was not damaged, but employees were taunted, harassed and videotaped during the euthanasia process, "at a moment that was a very hard time for our employees already," said Jen Sorenson, communications director for Iowa Select Farms, which owns more than 800 farms across the state.

 

The incident, as well as a second break-in at the same farm, is being investigated, according to the Grundy County Sheriff's Office. It is unknown who is behind the incidents.

 

Iowa Select Farms and producers across the state and nation have been forced to euthanize pigs after thousands of meatpacking workers have tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in Midwest processing plants significantly slowing production or closing.

 

While many plants are coming back online, facilities are operating at slower speeds to provide proper social distancing between employees. Pigs that would typically be sent to plants for processing, and ultimately be put into the food chain, have nowhere to go.

 

"We're at a place now where we're in a crisis," Sorenson said. "Our hogs have backed up and we have nowhere to go with them. We’ve filled up local lockers. We've filled up small processing plants.

 

"We're doing everything we can and we’re just completely in a place where we have no other option but to euthanize."

 

She declined to say how many hogs have been euthanized by Iowa Select Farms, which produces up to 5 million pigs annually. Veterinarians and production well-being professionals are overseeing the process, she said.

 

An estimated 500,000 pigs in Iowa are backed up, said Pat McGonegle, CEO of the Iowa Pork Producers Association. The National Pork Producers Council estimates at least 10 million pigs nationwide will need to be euthanized by September.

 

It's unclear whether all of the hogs that are currently backed up in Iowa will be euthanized, he said. Some farmers have found creative ways to stop the process, such as changing the pig's nutrition to slow their growth or processing them for the Pass the Pork program, which directs food to Iowa's needy.

 

"We're losing money, but we're still going to do everything we can to make sure the pigs head to the food channel," McGonegle said. "That’s just in our DNA."

 

Farmers are losing about $40 per pig that has to be euthanized, McGonegle said.

 

The Iowa Pork Producers Association and the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship have submitted a proposal to the United States Department of Agriculture asking for monetary help for farmers who are forced to euthanize their herd. They have yet to receive guidance.

 

It's unclear...

 

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https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2020/05/20/iowa-farm-forced-euthanize-pigs-infiltrated-animal-activists/5232631002/

 

 

COVID-19 Continues to Impact Hog Farmers

 

Source: Iowa Select Farms

May 20, 2020

 

As we know the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 has impacted the food supply chain. A significant number of processing plants have had to shut down temporarily or reduce their capacity because employees have tested positive for COVID-19. This decrease in capacity has created a backlog of hundreds of thousands of pigs staying on farms.

 

Every US pork producer has been forced to make difficult decisions on how to manage this backlog’s impact on their operation. The thought of euthanizing entire herds is devastating since a farmer is dedicated to feeding families around the world. Sadly, Iowa Select has been forced to make this heartbreaking decision for some of its herd. Veterinarians and production well-being professionals are overseeing the process to ensure accordance with the American Association of Swine Veterinarians and American Veterinary Medical Association.

 

This is sad and difficult work. Our team members grieve as they implement our plan. Yet, given the devastating effects of COVID-19 on those who work in food supply, there are few options.

 

Not surprisingly, animal activists are trying to exploit this current challenge in agriculture to advance their own agenda. Earlier this week, animal activists chose to exploit this current tragedy in American agriculture as they infiltrated a facility used by Iowa Select Farms and proceeded to taunt, harass, and videotape our team members. It is disappointing that these individuals would try to use what is a profoundly difficult time to undermine the mission of every farmer.

 

We as Iowa farmers, like the generations that came before us, will remain strong. We appreciate the support and love that we have felt from our communities during this difficult time.

 

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