Pigs : A Yorkshire farmer has killed hundreds of baby pigs. Because a shortage of workers in local villages means that old are not being killed quickly enough.
The backlog has resulted in little space left on small pig farms, which are cheap and easy to kill.
“He had to kill the healthy chicks,” he told BBC News.
National Pig Association (NPA)
According to the National Pig Association (NPA). This may not be the only case where farmers are killing healthy livestock. As mature pigs continue to “support” the farms.
Prior to that, about 80% of the staff at the two major Hull processing centers. Came from Eastern Europe, According to the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA).
Nick Allen, of BMPA, said workers at large abattoirs would typically be 10-15% above the average before Christmas. But instead dropped by 15%. Because the institutions are not able to process pigs on a standard basis. Live animals are increasing on the farms and some farmers are “starting peacefully”, he said.
When a pig gets too big, its used carcass will no longer fit in the pockets of supermarkets. so sellers do not want to buy it from farmers.
“The biggest obstacle is labor, and the change in immigration policy. They are striving to find mainly caregivers, and it limits the way you can run this plant,” added Mr Allen. We need access to other non-UK workers.”
I’ve been working for 26 years, and I’ve never had the prospect of slaughtering pigs on my farm before.”
He has been farming for 35 years and says the current problem is the worst he has ever experienced.
He added: “Producers are desperate … we can’t just waste this food. It’s a crime.”
serious national problem
“It is such a serious national problem, and it requires action and leadership from the government.
“If they really care about the welfare of farm animals. if they really believe in UK animal production and the standards we have are worth saving, we need some action,” he urged.
A spokesman for Defra said the government was “keeping the market under control”. and continued to “work closely with the sector to look at ways to deal with the pressures” the industry is currently facing.
The National Pig Association urges retailers to help British producers, rather than buy imports.
Sainbury said all of the newly eaten British pork but said it could “get bacon and continental. Meat from the EU to meet demand.”
Tesco said it was “working closely” with suppliers to ensure that supply chains. were secure in order to “make available” to their customers.