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Nebraska Pork Farmers Sacrificing Livestock In Wake Of Plant Closures

Nebraska farmers are debating a gut-wrenching decision to euthanize livestock as more meat processing plants shut down amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A past president of the National Pork Board says the situation for hog farmers is dire both economically and emotionally. One Hartington farmer says he's already made his decision and began euthanizing between five and six-hundred heads of pig per week because of the closure at Smithfield Foods in Sioux Falls. The farmer says the National Pork Board yesterday held a seminar to help farmers bury their pigs in an environmentally safe manner because virtually none of Nebraska's hog farmers have ever seen this before.

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