Local meat processing plants see increase in demand due to COVID-19

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VIGO Co., Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — COVID-19’s impact on meat production has some people traveling to the Wabash Valley for meat processing.

Pohlman Meat Processing, a federally inspected processing plant in Terre Haute is at its busiest because of the virus.

“Obviously some pork plants have closed down, so we’ve got a lot more flow of hogs that we’re doing right now. We got a lot more cattle coming in cause they ain’t killing some of the cattle out west. We’re trying to keep up with the demand,” said Ted Pohlman.

Pohlman said one customer drove hours from Kentucky to their plant, with over 200 cows in tow.

“The plant down there, they can’t handle it. They’re swamped down there,” he said.

On the other side of town, cars were lined up for fresh meat at Kroc’s Butcher Shop.

The owner said he’s faced some difficulty in his meat supply over the last few days.

“We haven’t been affected has much as others on the beef products side and stuff. But yeah, for pork right now it’s been almost impossible to pick up,” said Darren Krockenberger.

He said he’ll keep working with what he has until things get better.

Baesler’s Market said they have fresh meat in their stores.

Other places, like Kroger, have a limit on the amount of pork and beef customers can buy.

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