PED to Dent Hog Production
Cheryl Anderson DTN Staff Reporter
Tue Mar 25, 2014 03:56 PM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- The recent outbreak of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus in the U.S. could put a serious dent in hog production and slaughter through 2014, according to a recent report by Rabobank.

The report states that, to date, PED has affected approximately 60% of the breeding herd in the U.S., about 28% of the herd in Mexico and has begun to spread in Canada.

The spread of PED at its current rate could result in a 12.5% decline in North American hog slaughter compared to 2013, or a drop of almost 18.5 million hogs. Rabobank projects U.S. pork production ...

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