After seven straight years of growth, there’s a small pullback in U.S. hog numbers. According to USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, the total inventory is down two percent from last year. The breeding herd is down three percent and the market hog supplies are down two percent. “I don’t see this as just a mildly bullish report,” said Joe Kerns, CEO, Partners for Production Agriculture. “This is the reprieve pork producers have been looking for in quite some time.” PRRS is resulting in higher death loss, which was reflected in the report.
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