German farmers warn that meat packers must work longer hours to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions

German meatpackers and slaughterhouses need to work longer hours to compensate for reduced processing capacity after the coronavirus crisis, a farming association said on Friday 2 October.
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Protection of health "always has the highest priority" but the changes mean farmers are facing delays in finding slaughterhouses for their pigs, said Holzenkamp.

Slaughterhouse pigs can only be sent with considerable delays to slaughterhouses and are growing too much on farms, he said.

The association is calling for a relaxation of time restrictions on slaughterhouse working, especially on Sundays.

Farmers are also suffering depressed prices caused by import bans on German pork after the discovery of African swine fever (ASF) in wild boars in the country, he said.

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