A Minnesota pork producer is bracing for the fallout of a recent U.S. District Court decision that would decrease pork processing capacity.  Terry Wolters of Pipestone says limiting line speeds to just over 1,100 head an hour would hit his region hard:

“It’s a 20 to 25 percent decrease in harvest capacity in the Minnesota area with the Austin plant being very close to home (and) the Fremont plant in Nebraska.”

Wolters, the president-elect of the National Pork Producers Council, says if the ruling stands it will drive consolidation and increase prices for consumers.