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LIVESTOCK MARKETS: Robust pork demand defines start of 2017

Second-quarter prices forecasted to fall below year-ago levels.

For the first two months of 2017, pork production is estimated to be greater than a year ago, and most pork products are selling at year-over-year higher wholesale prices, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest “Livestock, Dairy & Poultry Outlook.”

“More pork, selling at higher prices, implies that pork demand has increased,” the report noted.

First-quarter federally inspected pork production was estimated to be about 6.4 billion l

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