Chris said he was collecting info on shortages. I think everyone has probably heard of the electronic chip shortages. I am an engineer and we are having to deal with chip shortages so it is not limited to car manufacturers. We are scrambling to redesign products before production lines shut down. It’s not just processor chips but other support chips as well.
But here is an unusual shortage. I recently received an email from my vet who treats farm animals and horses as well as dogs and cats:
Due to a critical shortage of Pentobarbital, the active ingredient in euthanasia solution, we are unable to perform euthanasia unless it is a critical emergency. Currently, there is no information of approved alternatives or a return date of the solution. This is a universal shortage that all veterinary governing agencies and FDA are working on. We have been aware of the situation for a couple of months and attempted to preserve our limited supply by only treating current patients that were critically ill. Our supply has now diminished to the point where we feel it necessary to update our XXX Vet family of the current situation. As a mixed animal practice our patient needs are different than most clinics and the addition of equine services leads to the use of 6 times the amount of solution being required in comparison to small animals. We have an extremely limited supply of solution available and it must last for an as yet unknown period of time. At this point, we have no good approved alternatives for when our supply is gone. We will keep you up to date as we learn more. We understand this is uncomfortable news, but felt it was time to share.
Does anyone else have shortage stories to share?
Appliance repair shop/supplier says can’t get large percentage of common repair parts for ovens, friges, etc.
Local hardware store says shortages in all kinds of items across the board, from bolts to electronic parts.
I broke the glass shelf on my fairly standard Whirlpool fridge back in March and it took over 2 months for the replacement to get here.
Two weeks ago I ordered a few common parts parts for our new drip irrigation system for our garden. This is the email I got a couple of days ago:
We are currently experiencing extremely high order volume and are also unable to hire more staff due the nationwide labor shortage. We’re advertising in every available way and using a temp agency, as well as offering a sign on bonus, but we are still unable to recruit the staff we need. Our current staff is working 10 hours a day, six days a week and giving their maximum effort to get your order shipped.
The current lead time is about 2-3 weeks to ship. We understand is much more than the normal 1-2 days we have always been able to achieve.
The pandemic conditions have affected us in ways we never imagined, and we can only hope you will be understanding. Hopefully, it’s possible for you to be patient enough to wait for your order, if not, we will understand if you decide to cancel.
We do have a plan to make sure this does not happen in the future, so hopefully you will remain a loyal customer and shop with us again.
I have noticed a distinct shortage over the last 10+ years but it has gotten seriously off the hook.
Shortage of common sense.
Shortage of critical thinking.
Shortage of intelligence.
Shortage of empathy.
The list is long….
Although that is not surprising.
Usually, the company I order from has almost overnight delivery.
This time it took several days.
Further on the pentobarbital shortage, I found this on the website of the Canadian Animal Health Institute and similar notices on the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (I’m Canadian). They blame it on an explosion at a foreign factory.
The potential shortage is due to an explosion at an overseas manufacturing site in December 2020. As this manufacturing site works to restore operations, the shortage of the active ingredient is beginning to have an impact on the global supply of euthanasia products.
At this point, the global disruption in supply has the potential to impact the Canadian supply of euthanasia products in mid- to late 2021 and persist until mid 2022, if there is no change in ordering and use behaviours and stockpiling of supplies is avoided as much as possible.”
These explosions are odd, by the way. Haven’t explosions disrupted several supply chains over the past year or so?
The full notice I copy-pasted is at
I’m guessing the pentobarbital shortage allegedly stems from the explosion of the same factory in Taiwan in December that was making hydroxychloroquine.
No milk or half&half or cream in any size at Food Lion in WV last Thursday morning.
Grass hay, supplies here in NM are tight and vendors sell out overnight once the truck does come in.
Many of our local beef producers are giving up and selling into a down market, including myself. Interesting that feed is tight when need is falling.