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How Long Will Packers Be Playing Catch-Up?

IARN — We have been talking, at length, about the situation being faced by packers and the pork industry. Large supplies of hogs are waiting to be slaughtered while packers are trying to get back to running at their pre-COVID capacities as soon as possible. There are many hog producers who started switching diets in attempts to get their hogs to quit gaining weight, and thus stave off the need for euthanizing the animals. However, that backlog of animals has not gone away. As the hogs are still waiting for their turn, more hogs are coming up behind them.

How long will it take to catch up?

Steve Meyer is an economist with Kerns and Associates. He has been analyzing the packer situation throughout the pandemic. He says that he doesn’t see an easing in hog numbers for the rest of this year. Packers are at about 95% of where they were before coronavirus, but some plants are still having difficulties getting back up to speed.

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