Third generation hog farmer Chad Leman, making his daily rounds, points to dozens of 300-pound pigs.

"These pigs should be gone," he said.

He means gone to the meatpacking plant to be processed. But with pork processing plants shut down due to worker safety concerns, he's faced with a grisly task: He needs to kill the pigs to make room for more.

And Leman isn't the only one. With meatpacking plant closures and reduced processing capacity nationwide, America's hog farmers expect an unprecedented crisis: the need to euthanize millions of pigs.

Hogs at Six Buckets Farm.
Seth Teter

Jeremy Jenkins has been running his meat processing business in Mount Victory, northwest of Columbus, for about a year. It’s typical for him to be booked up for several weeks, but now he’s turning away customers every day because he won’t be able to handle their job before Christmas.

A meat locker of deer at Mosley's Meat Market in Hilliard.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Warning: This story contains vivid descriptions and images of how a deer is butchered.

Ohio opened its deer-hunting season to hunters with guns this week, which means butchers like Jay Mosley of Mosley's Meat Market are working overtime. 

A new study published in The BMJ can't tell you exactly how much red meat is OK to eat to maintain good health or prevent disease.

But it does help sort out a big-picture, and perhaps more important, question: What does a healthy pattern of eating look like?

All Sides Weekend: Modern Butchery

Jan 18, 2019

Meat isn’t just what’s found at the supermarket. The pork chops and chicken breasts while prolific, only represent a portion of meat available to the public.

From hooves to snout, there are endless possibilities to butcher and prepare meat.

Coming up on All Sides Weekend, the art of modern butchery.


Spamalittle or Spamalot? We do the numbers on Spam

Jul 5, 2017
Jana Kasperkevic

It’s the week of meat. We mark Fourth of July by grilling up a storm and eating millions of hotdogs. The very next day, on July 5, we are celebrating another classic American staple: Canned meat. Just a day after America’s birthday, Spam is celebrating a milestone of its own. The popular meat product is turning 80 years old. 

To mark this occasion, let’s do the numbers on Spam.

Let's face it: Vegetarians are a strict minority of the U.S. population.

The numbers seem to be increasing, though data from various surveys vary widely.

Ohio Meat Company Recalls More Than 40,000 Pounds Of Veal

Mar 3, 2017

An Ohio company has issued a recall on more than 40,000 pounds of meat.

10:00 America, the land of hamburgers and T-bone steaks, baby back ribs and pork chops - we love meat, plain and simple. This hour we'll discuss new Federal rules on meat labeling, and then look at the history of meat in America and how it's become intertwined with our national identity. Guests: