ছবি Reuters Pictures of a group of breeding sows inside the granary on a family pig farm near Drifield, UK, October 12, 2021. Pictures taken with drones. Reuters / Phil Nobel
By Kate Halton
DRIFILDF, England (Reuters) – Two sisters running a pig farm in north-east England have a message for Prime Minister Boris Johnson: withdraw stricter immigration rules for butchers or risk breaking the pork loin under the weight of overweight animals.
Farmers in Britain say the combination of Brexit and Covid-1 of has started the exodus of Eastern European workers from domestic and meat processors, and has left pigs in barns and fields across the country.
As pigs gain weight from the extra time spent on the farm, eating foods that have also jumped in price, they run the risk of exceeding the risky size limit, where outsiders impose financial penalties because they become harder to manage.
Although some have started slaughtering pigs, others like Kate Morgan and Vicky Scott are trying to kill them until they can go for slaughter, but they have warned that tensions are running high and many farmers are leaving their jobs.
“The stress is like the stress we’ve never had before, emotionally it’s completely exhausted, financially it’s crippled,” Scott told Reuters about the screams and voices of hundreds of pigs. “We’re in a pretty bad place right now.”
Industries across Britain have warned in recent months that European workers returning home in the summer are struggling to manage activities as they feel gaps on farms, factories and across the freight sector.
The problem has hit pig farming hard. Making a small profit at the best time, it is now losing money on every pig sold, and the National Farmers Union warned two weeks ago that 150,000 pigs could be killed.
Technology and Wedge Hike
Morgan and Scott say their livestock has cut 25% of their capacity by raising about 5,000 pigs in high-rise barns that stand in open, flat fields in East Yorkshire. Speaking to Reuters, they received news of the cancellation of another massacre.
Morgan said they are doing everything they can to avoid a Cool but the pressure is mounting. “We’re jumping on everything, trying to keep the pigs where maybe they shouldn’t be so that we don’t get into that situation,” he said.
He called on Johnson to simplify post-Brexit immigration rules and allow European butchers to pass a comprehensive English language test first without allowing them to enter Britain, which the industry says workers are being laid off.
The petitions have so far fallen on deaf ears. Johnson said cheap migrants need to free themselves from the “drugs” of labor and invest in technology and higher wages to recruit enough British workers.
He has provoked outrage among farmers in recent weeks, in various ways, that bacon sandwiches come from dead pigs and are bred on farms for slaughter.
“Have you ever had a bacon sandwich?” Johnson asked a Times Radio reporter when asked about a potential pig breed. “Those pigs, when you ate them, didn’t survive.”
Scott said their farm has cultivated money in technology and retained workers by increasing wages frequently. The problem lies in domestic and meat processors where butchers are often more efficient than machines. The sisters should keep in mind that higher wages in the sector will also increase the price of food.
In the short term, Scott said, relaxing visa rules is the only solution to straighten out the industry. “I hope the government is listening to us now,” he said. “It’s critical, it’s very critical and we need to do something about them now.”