Sometimes Mother Nature Wins

January 5, 2016 10:13 AM

By Angela Bowman

It was a worst case scenario. Storms pummeled the Midwest last week – slamming Missouri and Illinois particularly hard – with nearly a foot of rain. Click to watch a news report from Reuters illustrating the magnitude of the flood.

In Illinois, the flooding impacted more than just homes and businesses. Jennifer Tirey, executive director of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, described the situation that led to an estimated 2,500 hogs drowning.

“A creek flooded its bank causing the barn to become inundated with water,” she told PORK Network in an email. “There was no power, and the road to the barn was also impassable.”

However, the tragedy was isolated. Other pork producers threatened by flooding were able to reach their pigs and hogs and transport the animals to higher ground for their safety. This, Tirey emphasized, is the “number one priority” of all pork producers.


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