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COVID leaves hundreds of hogs in limbo

(photo courtesy of WPTA21)

MONROEVILLE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – An Allen County farming operation is struggling to offload its hogs as a result of COVID-19-related shutdowns. Our partners at WPTA-TV report Taylor Farms in Monroeville has 1,200 hogs ready for market with no where to go.

Taylor Farms says it usually sells its pigs to the Logansport pork processing plant operated by Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN), but factory shutdowns amid the coronavirus pandemic have put hog sales on hold, creating an oversupply.

Tyson reopened its Logansport facility on May 3.

WPTA reports that the adult hogs have to be sold and cleared out to make space for baby pigs to move in.

The farming business took to social media to announce it has 1,200 hogs for sale and is seeking buyers. The station says a couple hundred have been sold, but there are many more.

“We were able to take a load of hogs over to Iowa last week, but the trucking is very expensive. Otherwise, we do our own trucking,” said Rick Taylor of Taylor Farms.

WPTA says the hogs are being sold for $125 each and buyers are responsible for arranging to have them butchered.

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