Desperate British pig farmers tell Johnson: Ease immigration rules

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Reuters

By Kate Holton DRIFFIELD, England (Reuters) – Two sisters running a pig farm in northeast England have a message for Prime Minister Boris Johnson: lift strict immigration rules for butchers or risk seeing the pork sector collapse under the weight of overly fattened animals. Farmers across Britain say a combination of Brexit and COVID-19 have sparked an exodus of east European workers from abattoirs and meat processors, leaving pigs to back up in barns and fields across the country. As the pigs gain weight from the extra time spent on the farm, eating food that has also jumped in price, they ri…

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