REPORTER: Disease Issues, Higher Feed Costs Curb Hog Supplies
This article was originally featured in the Fall 2021 Edition of Urner Barry's Reporter magazine.
While the world continues to strive towards “normalcy,” conditions for hog producers in the United States are anything but in 2021.
Starting in April last year, producers were plagued with an overwhelming bottleneck of hog supplies due to pandemic-induced processing slowdowns. Euthanasia of heavy hogs or piglets in addition to herd contraction efforts helped tighten front-end hog supplies heading into 2021.
Thinner slaughter supplies coincided with robust domestic and export demand for U.S. pork...
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