Pig Products Cost More as Pig Population Falls

Piglets susceptible to PEDv

Piglets susceptible to PEDv

All over the USA a deadly virus has been killing piglets, fueling the rise in the price of pork. The disease is known as Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDv), and it’s almost always fatal in piglets less than two weeks old.

On June 1 the inventory of all hogs and pigs in the US was just a bit beyond 62 million head, a 5% decrease since 2013. Reuters reports that trade estimates are closer to a 3% decline since this time last year.

Iowa does not seem to be suffering from this problem like the rest of the country. They have an inventory of about 19 million head of pigs and hogs, only slightly lower than last year. The number of piglets per litter is also comparable to last year’s figures.

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