Premium Standard Farms continues reduction in sow operations
By Robin Scott
On Friday, June 19th, confirmation came that Premium Standard Farms, through its parent company, Murphy Brown, L.L.C., that PSF is taking measures in Dalhart to continue its sow reduction that began more than a year ago. All other operations at PSF in Dalhart will continue in effect; however the sow herd reduction will lead to job cuts and layoffs.
Don Butler, Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs with Murphy Brown, L.L.C. stated that the decision to reduce the sow operations is in response to market conditions and the overall business plan and is estimated to affect approximately 145 people. The decision has also been a difficult one due to its impact on employees. Butler also noted that all employees at the Dalhart PSF location have received this information and the company is committed to offering any possible assistance to affected employees. “We deeply regret that any of our valued employees have to be affected by our need to make this move.” Said Butler.
Murphy Brown, L.L.C. and PSF have also contacted city and county officials in Dalhart to apprise them of the status of the company’s developments in an effort to assist the employees. Reduction to the sow population has already begun and Butler noted that the entire sow reduction process should be completed by mid-September. The sow operation is essentially parent pigs producing baby pigs that are then grown for market. The change means that after the sow reduction process is completed, no babies will be born at PSF in Dalhart; however, pigs from other locations will be brought in for grow-out at the Dalhart facility