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Harrington's Sort and Cull
John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Wed Apr 2, 2014 04:50 PM CDT

For the last quarter century, pork producers were absolute masters of efficiency, demonstrating year after year that less can easily produce more as long as technology and good management are kept in sharp focus.

Annual pig production per sow climbed from 31.78 in 1991 to 40.44 in 2012 (i.e., an increase of 27%). Jazzed further by heavier carcass weights and greater feed efficiency, annual commercial pork production per sow (i.e., as measured on Dec. 1) over the same time period has surged from 2,399 pounds to 3,986.

Such an amazing record goes far in explaining why the bullish reaction to ...

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