Trinidad & Tobago: 133 piglets stolen
A raid on one of Trinidad & Tobago's largest swine farms raised fears
that there could be a shortage of pork products by Christmas.
The raiders ran off with 133 piglets from the 32-acre Erin Farms at Erin
which has approximately 100 employees and is home for 14,000 pigs.
stolen piglets are all Large White, and were being grown to produce fresh pork
for Christmas, Rupert Leong Poi, owner of the farm,
The branded animals were stolen just as the
company started to set up sensors and an alarm system at the fenced farm.
Leong Poi, who is president of the Pork Producers Association of
Trinidad and Tobago, said the owners of pig farms should improve the security on
their farms as part of the plan to stop the thefts which were becoming
Erin Farm produces about 35% of the fresh
pork that is sold in supermarkets. In addition, the company produces a wide
range of sausages and hams for the local and also for markets abroad.
The stolen piglets each weigh 5 to 7 kg and were said to have been valued at
more than $50,000.
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