Covid-19 And Meat

There have been announcements of a coming meat shortage because of the pandemic and that prompted Donald the Orange to issue an EO keeping meat packers open and functioning…..

Well because of the virus beef production is down…..

American beef output is down a lot more than plant closures would have you believe — a sign that slowdowns at facilities will continue to keep meat supplies tight even when some production lines reopen.

Cattle slaughter dropped 37% this week from a year ago, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. That far outstrips the 10% to 15% in capacity that’s been halted with meat plants closed after coronavirus outbreaks among employees. Hog slaughter was down 35%, also topping the shutdown figure of 25% to 30%.

While many plants have stayed open, they’ve still been forced to slow output as producers combat a loss of labor. Social-distancing measures will also likely keep output trailing normal levels even as facilities reopen under President Donald Trump’s executive order.

There is my answer to the question I posed in my previous post…..about the lack of product to pack.

Another effect of keeping the plants open and operating….the spread of the sickness…..

President Donald Trump signed an executive order this week declaring meat processing plants “critical infrastructure” that should stay open wherever possible. Invoking the Defense Production Act, Trump said that plant closures “threaten the continued functioning of the national meat and poultry supply chain.”

Yet keeping the plants open threatens workers’ lives. Facilities across the US have become hot spots for Covid-19 outbreaks: More than 3,000 workers have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 17 have died.

Some plants have been forced to close due to high rates of infection. At a Tyson plant in Waterloo, Iowa, more than 180 employees got sick. At a Smithfield plant in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, it was more than 640 workers.

All this to try and rehabilitate Trump’s numbers for re-election……once again as always it is about him and not the safety of the nation.

While he does this there are 373 cases within a meat package facility…..

A pork processing plant in Missouri has confirmed 373 new coronavirus cases among its employees, underscoring the threat meat processing plants pose to their staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

Toward the end of April, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) partnered with the City of St. Joseph Health Department, Northwest Health Services and Mosaic Life Care to offer COVID-19 testing to employees at the Triumph Foods plant in St. Joseph.

Burger joints are starting to feel the meat pinch……

Despite President Trump’s executive order dictating that meat processing plants stay open, the specter of meat shortages is being felt across the US—and customers of at least one fast-food chain are taking notice. Bloomberg notes that Wendy’s has long advertised itself as offering hamburgers made from fresh beef, not frozen, a practice that’s now made the chain vulnerable to a shortfall as the fresh stuff has become harder to come by. Some Wendy’s restaurants have even taken their signature offering, hamburgers, off the menu. “Is this the part where I say…’Where’s the beef?'” one drive-thru customer lamented. Coverage:

  • Store shelves. Customers may soon find it even harder to track down meat in supermarkets and warehouse stores—and even when they do, they could be limited in what they’re able to bring home. Fox Business reports Costco, Kroger, Walmart, Sam’s Club, and other chains are rationing their meat products, with an undesirable side effect: It means people will have to go out shopping more often.
  • Bad news on the pork front. Even with Trump’s executive order aimed at reducing shortages, pork production is down 50%, industry giant Tyson Foods said Monday. Three of its six main processing sites remain closed, and the other three are working at reduced capacity. An agricultural economist tells the Washington Post he thinks the numbers may be even worse than Tyson’s estimates.
  • Bad news on the pork front, continued. Modern Farmer reports that hog farmers across the nation are faced with a pig glut that may force them to euthanize their livestock. “Producers have never faced such a gut-wrenching decision,” one farmer says. One factor: Pigs must be sent to slaughter before they get too heavy for the processing equipment, and they pack on weight quickly.
  • Feeding the hungry. Food banks are already seeing the effects of the shortage, but in Wisconsin, they’re coming up with creative ways to work around it, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Distributing alternative forms of protein is one tactic.
  • Taking matters into their own hands. Some people aren’t waiting for the supply chain to be back in full force—they’re taking up hunting instead. Fox News reports on an increase in hunting licenses and permit applications in multiple states, including for first-timers. “People are starting to consider self-reliance and where their food comes from,” a Quality Deer Management Association spokesman says.
  • How worried should we be? USA Today tackles that big question. “Experts believe meat won’t likely follow the path of toilet paper, with totally empty shelves and consumers clamoring to find it,” explains the story. “Shoppers might find local shortages instead.”
    A shopping guide. From what to expect on pricing to timing your market trip just right (i.e., when the shelves are newly stocked with fresh meat), Time has the scoop.

Now the scary thought of the meat shortage……gun idiots wandering around the country side hunting meat for the table…..

David Elliot first thought of shooting an elk to help feed family and friends back in January when the United States reported its first novel coronavirus case.

Elliot, emergency manager at Holy Cross Hospital in Taos, New Mexico, had always wanted to go big-game hunting and, with the pandemic spreading, there seemed no better time to try to fill his freezer with free-range, super-lean meat.

So for the first time in his life, despite not owning a rifle or ever having hunted large animals, he put his name in for New Mexico’s annual elk permit draw.

With some U.S. meat processors halting operations as workers fall ill, companies warning of shortages, and people having more time on their hands and possibly less money due to shutdowns and layoffs, he is among a growing number of Americans turning to hunting for food, according to state data and hunting groups.

Think about those unwashed slugs appearing at the state capitals wandering the woods with their assault weapons looking for Bambi to kill……Just think about that.

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6 thoughts on “Covid-19 And Meat

  1. Guns, and meat. Sounds like America in just two words.
    No meat shortage or rationing here so far. But it’s a much smaller country of course.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    My thoughts exactly … “Now the scary thought of the meat shortage …gun idiots wandering around the countryside hunting meat for the table … Now the scary thought of the meat shortage … gun idiots wandering around the country side hunting meat for the table … ”

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