Larger hog herd raises questions

Larger hog herd raises questions

Higher-than-expected hog marketings could mean breeding herd expansion was larger than USDA surveys indicate.

MORE hogs than expected was the theme of the pork market in the first quarter of 2015, according to Purdue University extension economist Chris Hurt. The only explanation the U.S. Department of Agriculture has offered is that its hog inventory counts from previous surveys were too low.

At the start of 2015, pork supplies in the first quarter were expected to rise 1%, Hurt said. However, first-quarter pork production was actually up 5% because there

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