LIVESTOCK MARKETS: Pork industry preps for tight slaughter capacity

Two processing plants expanding to help ease capacity problem in near term.

The challenge for pork producers for the rest of this year will be in managing marketings, according to Iowa State University livestock economist Lee Schulz. For several weeks in a row last fall, markets had trouble absorbing an increase of 2.4 million hogs per week, and slaughter this fall is expected to be around 1-3% higher than that.

Steve Meyer, vice president of pork analysis at EMI Analytics, recently noted in National Hog Farmer, sister publication to Feedstuff

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