‘Strange gift’: Coronavirus slaughtered US pork industry, but gave Florida hog farmers viral moment

Article Posted on July 8, 2020

The red wattle hogs at Rose O’Dell King’s farm spent their spring grazing behind snowy white fences, shielded from the misfortune their Midwestern counterparts endured.

As the grass at Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm in North Fort Myers tickled their chocolate underbellies, healthy pigs in Iowa were euthanized. 

A COVID-19 outbreak forced a Smithfield Foods plant in South Dakota — one of the largest in America, processing roughly 5% of the nation’s pork — to close for weeks. 

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