Earlier this year, I wrote about the soaring price of pork products, especially bacon, which reached record high prices in July – more than $4.40 per pound. Customers and restaurateurs alike complained that it was costing more than ever to purchase their favorite pork products.
And now, the pork farmers of the Midwest are saying people are resorting to stealing their swine in an effort to nab bacon goodness.
And we’re not just talking one or two pigs at a time – thefts of up to 594 pigs have been reported.
The New York Times quoted farmers whose pigs were stolen in the middle of the night:
“‘This is the hot commodity of the moment, like copper a few years ago and gold,’ said Ryan Bode, whose family company, Rebco Pork, discovered that 150 of its pigs were missing on Sept. 16, shortly before they were to be taken to market.
The loss was $30,000, he said, on top of the ‘ungodly high’ price of corn that he had paid to feed those pigs for six months until they were fat enough to be sold. ‘And after all that, they’re not here,’ he said.”
In Minnesota, the thefts have been particularly harsh. The state is the third largest producer of pork in the nation and has seen more than 750 pigs taken from farms.
I have so many questions.
How do these thieves transport hundreds of 200-plus pound pigs without getting caught? What do they do with them? Who is so desperate for bacon that they would resort to grand theft?
I mean I like bacon-wrapped scallops as much as the next person, but I’m not willing to spend time in prison for my culinary preferences.
But most of all, I feel bad for the farmers in this situation. Farming is a tough industry and losing this much product could be the nail in the coffin for some farms.
So here’s hoping the police can sniff out these criminals.
With any luck, a runner will escape and live to tell their tale – before, of course, being turned to delicious bacon by their rightful owner.
A note to readers: York County must love its bacon – here at the Daily Record, we have about 10 pages of file photos that come up when searching in our archives for pictures tagged “bacon.”