Hurricane Matthew trims U.S. hog slaughter

By Theopolis Waters

CHICAGO Oct 10 The U.S. daily hog slaughter on
Monday dropped more than 50,000 head, which industry sources
attributed to possible plant closures in the Carolinas after
Hurricane Matthew deluged the East Coast over the weekend.

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork
processor and hog producer, said its employees were working
around the clock to determine the impact of extraordinary high
levels of rain in North Carolina on its hog farms and packing
plants, company spokeswomen Kathleen Kirkham said in an e-mail
on Monday.

“None of our processing plants in North Carolina or Virginia
suffered substantive damage, but flooding is making the movement
of hogs and employees difficult,” said Kirkham. She declined to
comment when asked whether any of Smithfield Foods’ East Coast
plants were closed on Monday.

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