The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it’s doing its best to work with some of the state’s smaller meat processing plants to increase output after some larger plants have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Peterson says, unfortunately, the department can only do so much.

“There will be too many animals, hogs and chickens, to handle despite our efforts and we will need to euthanize some animals, ” some Peterson. “We’re taking every step to not have that happen, but it will need to take place.”

Peterson says Prime Pork in Windom, which closed on Friday due to a COVID-19 outbreak, was back up and running Monday.