Iowa pork producers coping with storm
Iowa pork producers are currently dealing with the loss
of power and other problems from this weekend's winter storm, but the situation
for many could worsen if electrical service isn't restored
According to data from the Iowa Pork Producers Association (IPPA) the
counties of Chickasaw, Howard, Tama and Washington are among the harder hit
areas for pork producers.
Many of the farmers are without power and
have been forced to use generators to protect their livestock and keep their
However, the producers added
they will need electric service soon. The generators will help as long as they
can get additional fuel when necessary.
They also will need
electrical service returned to local feed mills so they can continue feeding
their pigs. Being able to continue supplying water to the livestock without
electricity is another concern.
The state of Iowa is offering
assistance to livestock producers and others in the agriculture sector hit hard
by the storm.
Blasts of snow
If the current situation isn't bad
enough, forecasters say another blast of snow and ice could hit the state later
So far, one producer reported that the roofs of three of
his pig buildings collapsed from the weight of the ice and snow, but the animals
in the buildings have been safely moved.
Another reported the loss of
one animal when the roof of one of his finishing buildings
â€¢ Iowa Pork Producers
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