The government will allow 800 foreign workers in slaughterhouses in the UK on temporary visas, after warnings from farmers about mass logging.
Previously, companies had to pay higher wages and investing in skills.
Butcher shortage has already seen farmers destroy 6,600 healthy pigs due to delay on farms, NationalPig Association (NPA) said.
The government has also announced plans to allow thousands more heavy-duty deliveries to deal with a chronic shortage of drivers.
The meat industry attributes the butcher's shortage to factors such as Covid and Brexit.
Thousands of healthy pigs have been slaughtered since last week, when the count was around 600 .
Last week, the National Farmer 's Union (NFU) warned that pig farmers were "facing a human catastrophe " due to the shortage of butchers.
He said "Empty shelves and product shortages are becoming more and more common and Christmas specialties such as pigs in blankets are already under threat ".
The government is temporarily extending its scheme from seasonal workers to pork butchers, he said.
Image source, Image caption, Environment Secretary George Eustice said the new measures were only temporary and not a long-term solution
Up to 800 butchers will be able to apply for six-month visas until the end of the year.
Environment Secretary George Eustice, said: “A unique range of pressures on the pig sector over the yearsrecent months, such as the impacts of the pandemic and its effects on export markets, have led to the temporary package of measures that we are announcing.
"This is the result of a close working with industry to understand how we can help them get through this difficult time. "
The government added that temporary visas " are not a long-term solution and businesses must make long-term investments in the UK national workforce to build a high-wage, high-skill economy, instead of relying on foreign labor ".
In addition to temporary visas, the government has announced a package of measures for the industry, including:
- Animals slaughtered and processed on a Saturday
- Longer working days in the meat industry, where possible
- A "private storage aid scheme " which will allowprocessors to store slaughtered pigs for three to six months
- Suspend nearly £ 1million in ta x on pig breeders and pig producers in November
He said there had been "a suspension of the authorization to export to China for certain British pig establishments " and that he was working with the Agriculture and Food Development Council. horticulture to identify other export markets.
Extension of visa requirements for butchers follows announcement of temporary visas for truck drivers and poultry workers , as the government seeks to limit disruption in the run-up to Christmas .
But the first foreign heavy truck drivers recruited under the new visa program may not arrive for a month, sources Carrie Davies, correspondent for Hfrance.fr for transport.
The visa regime for drivers of heavy goods vehicles with liver food, open for applications on Monday.
Home The office has not confirmed the number of visas requested so far, but several agencies that recruit the drivers told Hfrance.fr that they had not yet applied.
Shortage of truck drivers
Image source, AFP Image caption, More truck drivers are trained after the government streamlined the qualification process in September
A chronic shortage of truck drivers, which the transport industry says is due to factors such as Covid and Brexit, has affected businesses, including petrol stations and supermarkets.
The government announced on Thursday that it plans to temporarily allow EU trucks to make more deliveries, in the part of efforts to alleviate the shortage.
At the moment, EU trucks can only make two "cabotage " trips per week.
The cabotage refers to the loading or unloading of goods in one country when a vehicle is registered in another country.
The government wants to relax this rule to temporarily allow EU trucks to leave. '' perform unlimited pick-ups and drop-offs within two weeks.