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Harrington's Sort & Cull
John Harrington DTN Livestock Analyst
Fri Dec 12, 2014 02:04 PM CST

As seasoned pork producers are well aware, the government elves at NASS are not very good at wrapping Christmas presents. Most years they don't even try, belatedly kicking out the December Hogs & Pigs inventory like some kind of forgotten toy found in the back of Santa's workshop.

Yet for some reason (fear of government shutdown?) this year will be different. Scrooge-like enumerators have been barred from lockdown, paving the way for Rudolph and company to deliver the quarterly assessment of hog numbers as early as December 23.

This is the first time I can remember such a potential market-mover ...

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