The drought-induced rise in corn-feed costs led farmers to up the pace of hog slaughtering to 73.3M pigs from Jan-Aug, the most in 3 years, although farmers are making steep losses as pork prices fall. The increased slaughtering has prompted the USDA to estimate that pork supply will next year fall to the lowest per capita since 1975. That may well cause prices to rebound, although it will still be cheaper than beef.
The drought-induced rise in corn-feed costs led farmers to up the pace of hog slaughtering to...
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