Thursday, May 5, 2022

About 2,000 pigs die in Manitoba hydro failure

About 2,000 pigs perished in a storm-fueled power outage at a HyLife farm site near Kola on April 24, the company confirmed to Manitoba Co-operator.

“During extremely challenging and lengthy weather conditions, which resulted in highway closures, travel advisories and dangerous driving conditions, our employees were not able to access one of our sites,” said Dave Penner, HyLife’s chief operating officer of farms in a statement sent to the Co-operator.

“Despite numerous extensive contingencies, power outages resulted in existing infrastructure, backup generator, and phone notification systems failures,” Penner said.

Penner said the company has reviewed its barn operations during inclement weather and has revised its procedures.

“We are committed to any corrective action necessary,” Penner said.