While I assume a large majority of the readers of this blog are US producers in the upper Midwest, I know of several frequent readers located in other countries of the world. For many of the readers of this blog, snow and snowstorms are not something they have any experiences to relate to. We had a major storm in the Midwest last week and this week another storm is rolling through the Ohio Valley region.
The timing of these storms has created a lot of havoc for both producers and slaughter plants, especially given the timing of Christmas this year. Last Wednesday I was a speaker on a program in Iowa City, one day prior to a major storm effectively shutting down all of eastern Iowa for any type of travel due to blizzard conditions.
Many producers who had registered for the meeting did not attend due to the need to stay home and prepare for the coming storm. A major problem with storms is the continuation of feed deliveries from feed mills. This storm was a major headache for all the mills in the region. Friday and Monday are normally the busiest days in the swine feed milling industry. Add to that the fact that little if any feed could be delivered on Thursday and the following Monday was a work shortened day due to Christmas Eve (many mills tried to close 1-3 hours early if possible) and add in no milling on Christmas Day and you can begin to see the impact of the storm for many production sites.