Click here for latest news on coronavirus in Missouri

The U.S. meat shortage is impacting some farms and shoppers


A personal point of view of shopping with a push cart in the grocery store

ST. LOUIS (KTVI)– The meat industry says it’s seeing something that’s never happened before.
A shortage that’s hitting producers and consumers simultaneously.

“What COVID has proved is that there’s a black swan event out there,” said Matt Hardecke, owner of Clover Meadows Beef.

A major shakeup in the meat industry is causing shortages throughout the country and some stores are setting purchasing limits.

“With our packing plants down to 65% capacity that means 35% percent of the pipeline of animals have no place to go and so those animals can’t get processed.”

He says that’s driving record-high prices for shoppers, but tanking the price of cattle since there are so many on the market ready for slaughter.

“There’s never been a time in my memory or my father’s memory where we couldn’t sell an animal. It’s absolutely remarkable what has happened.”

Local meat producers can only process 10 to 20 animals a day while large scale meat plants process about 3,000 to 4,000.

Plants are trying to make their workplaces safer but in the meantime, there’s a lot of volatility going on behind the meat counter.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

World News

More World News

Weather Team

Viewer Panel Sign Up

Coronavirus 300x250

Trending Stories

Newsfeed Now

More Newsfeed Now