LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – Worries about soaring bacon prices are hitting the country, but should pork lovers in Las Vegas be worried about not bringing home bacon soon?
A local hog farmer thinks southern Nevada could avoid the price hikes, for now.
“Some of the rhetoric you’re hearing now comes from California, where new regulations are going to come into effect in January, where they will require pork supplied to California to be raised to a certain standard,” said Hank Combs, Managing Member. of Las Vegas Livestock.
While Californians could see the price of pork rise, Combs said there were other pork issues Las Vegans should pay more attention to.
“Our inventory could be around 5,000 pigs, so right now we’re about half of it. We’re still trying to grow. We’re still trying to get food.”
Many farms are getting leftover pig feed from casinos, buffets and hotels, but as the city continues to recover from the pandemic, Combs said it is not receiving leftovers at the rates before. the pandemic.
“I used to think of Las Vegas as the holy grail of leftover food, I mean it was so much food waste here. It’s the city of excess, isn’t it. “You have so much left,” he said. “When the pandemic hit, it dried up, and I was like, ‘Man, the holy grail is dried up. “”
Combs isn’t worried about an immediate price hike in the valley, but if the coronavirus hits another outbreak, pork prices could possibly rebound.
“Our pigs, we keep them at a level where they don’t starve because we want to be able to feed what we have but we can’t grow. We have all this infrastructure, but the amount of pigs, we are at a half. My income is half of what it could be, but I still have all expenses at 100%. ”