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?/span>         Hog farmers must 'wait it out' as Olymel plant closure threatens to back up pipeline

The plant's 1,850 employees process approximately 50,000 pigs per week. Those pigs now have nowhere to go, said Darcy Fitzgerald, executive director of Alberta Pork

 

?span style='font:7.0pt "Times New Roman"'>         Olymel plant closure hurts Saskatchewan hog farmers

?Most farms have a regular schedule for shipping hogs to processing plants, according to Ferguson. 揂n interruption to this schedule and the inability to ship hogs is a serious situation,?he said...

 

 

Hog farmers must 'wait it out' as Olymel plant closure threatens to back up pipeline

The plant's 1,850 employees process approximately 50,000 pigs per week. Those pigs now have nowhere to go, said Darcy Fitzgerald, executive director of Alberta Pork

 

Amanda Stephenson, Calgary Herald (Canada)

Feb 16, 2021

 

Alberta hog farmers will face some difficult choices if the Red Deer pork processing facility at the centre of a major COVID-19 outbreak cannot reopen promptly.

 

On Monday, Quebec-based Olymel announced it will close its Red Deer plant for an 搃ndefinite period?because of the outbreak, which has resulted in 326 cases of COVID-19 among the facility抯 employees as of Monday. One worker ?a man in his 30s with no pre-existing health conditions ? has died from the disease.

 

The plant is the second-largest pork processing facility in Western Canada, second only to the Maple Leaf plant in Brandon, Man. Its 1,850 employees process approximately 50,000 pigs per week. Those pigs now have nowhere to go, said Darcy Fitzgerald, executive director of Alberta Pork.

 

揟wo weeks is about the limit for how long these pigs can stay at home, and then we really run into problems,?Fitzgerald said...

 

more

https://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/hog-farmers-must-wait-it-out-as-olymel-plant-closure-threatens-to-back-up-pipeline

 

 

Olymel plant closure hurts Saskatchewan hog farmers

 

By Alice McFarlane, Northeast Now (Canada)

Feb 16, 2021

 

MELFORT, Sask. ?Saskatchewan hog producers will be impacted by a temporary shut down of the Olymel processing plant in Red Deer, Alta.

 

Sask Pork learned last week there had been a COVID-19 outbreak at the plant and slaughter capacity would be reduced by 50 per cent. By the weekend, Olymel announced it did not have enough workers available to continue.

 

General manager Mark Ferguson said it was significant enough that Olymel suspended operations temporarily.

 

揥e抮e not sure exactly how long that will extend. Certainly, they are having their challenges,?he said.

 

Ferguson said the Olymel plant is a key market for Saskatchewan hog farms.

 

揓ust under half of our market hogs go to that facility. So the impact of a stoppage of processing will be felt for the coming weeks if not months,?he said.

 

Most farms have a regular schedule for shipping hogs to processing plants, according to Ferguson.

 

揂n interruption to this schedule and the inability to ship hogs is a serious situation,?he said...

 

more

https://northeastnow.com/2021/02/16/olymel-plant-closure-hurts-saskatchewan-hog-farmers/

 

 

Nurses, contact tracers responding to Olymel pork plant outbreak in Alberta

 

By Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press

via Global News - February 16, 2021

 

Alberta Health Services says it is responding directly to a COVID-19 outbreak that has infected hundreds at a hog slaughterhouse where almost two-thirds of workers have at least one other job outside the plant.

 

Spokeswoman Heather Kipling said Tuesday nurses and contact tracers with experience in communicable disease control are helping manage the outbreak at Olymel抯 pork plant in Red Deer, Alta. The health agency is also arranging for ongoing testing to monitor for asymptomatic spread.

 

Alberta Health has been notified of 343 cases linked to this outbreak. Of these, 200 are active, 142 recovered. One worker has died.

 

Olymel said late Monday...

 

more, including video clips

https://globalnews.ca/news/7643465/alberta-labour-group-covid-19-outbreak-olymel-pork-plant/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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