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LIVESTOCK MARKETS: Will 2019 be a better year for pork industry?

Optimism grows even as pork producers are expected to struggle through winter.

Pork producers are expected to struggle with hog prices below costs of production through the winter as record pork production and trade disputes continue pressure prices. However, lean hog futures are more optimistic for spring and summer prices and could reach levels high enough for producers to enter back into the black in the second and third quarters of 2019.

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