Here’s why meat shortages are likely to last during the pandemic
In meatpacking plants from South Dakota to Tennessee, workers have gotten sick from the coronavirus as they work side-by-side cutting, boning and trimming meat. The spread has shuttered plants, slowed production and created a ripple effect across the supply chain.
Farmers and ranchers have hogs, cattle and chicken that they feed, but can’t sell. Meatpacking plants don’t have enough workers as they get sick and have heightened anxiety. And grocery shoppers and restaurants can’t get their typical cuts or supply of meat.
It could get a whole lot worse very quickly, because meat farmers are losing money BIG TIME.. They cannot keep absorbing losses forever. Many have not made a profit since 2016.