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· 'Grown men in tears': Hundreds of pigs culled with farms overcrowded amid butcher shortage
· Hundreds of healthy pigs culled amid UK shortage of abattoir workers
'Grown men in tears': Hundreds of pigs culled with farms overcrowded amid butcher shortage
Sky News (UK)
via Yahoo News - 5 October 2021
Hundreds of healthy pigs have been culled after a nationwide shortage of abattoir workers left farms overcrowded with animals that could not be sent for slaughter.
The National Pig Association (NPA) said at least 600 swine had been killed - and fears that the bottleneck in the meat processing industry could see as many as 150,000 affected.
NPA chief executive Zoe Davies told Sky News she had spoken to "grown men in tears" at the thought of having to carry out the cull - which she has been warning about for weeks.
"These are animals that they have reared, fed, looked after, cared for," she said...
... Empty supermarket shelves and a lack of products at chains from Greggs to Nando's are among the symptoms of the wider crisis...
Hundreds of healthy pigs culled amid UK shortage of abattoir workers
Farmers warned that up to 120,000 animals face being slaughtered as they lack space to house them
‘Fallen stock’: what happens now to the UK’s unwanted pigs?
Joanna Partridge, The Guardian (UK)
5 Oct 2021
The slaughter of healthy pigs has begun on British farms, with farmers forced to kill animals to make space and ensure the continued welfare of their livestock, amid an ongoing shortage of workers at slaughterhouses.
Pig farmers have been warning for several weeks that labour shortages at abattoirs have led to a backlog of as many as 120,000 pigs left stranded on farms long after they should have gone to slaughter.
The meat industry is one of many sectors of the UK economy grappling with labour shortages linked to Brexit and the pandemic, while a lack of delivery workers and drivers has affected supply chains...
... A source told the Guardian that there had been a small but noticeable increase in the number of dead sows seen in the last two to three weeks at rendering plants, suggesting that some farmers are reducing their breeding stock...
... Farmers are insistent that low wages are not the reason that meat processing plants are struggling to fill their vacancies...