After heavy rains Thursday at its Ottumwa, Iowa, pork processing plant, Cargill suspended slaughter operations to avert possible discharge, according to a Cargill spokesman.
The plant continued to further process pork on Thursday, which takes less water than slaughter operations, according to a Meatingplace.com report. Cargill plans to resume hog slaughter in Ottumwa on Friday and make up for the lost slaughter time at its Beardstown, Ill., hog slaughter facility on Saturday.
“By Monday we expect to be back to normal…but there is more rain predicted, so it’s up to the weather,” said Martin.
Rains in Iowa earlier this week swept cars off roads, closed roadways and forced some people to evacuate their homes.