Economist says number of pigs euthanized is much lower than originally thought


Iowa State University Extension economist Lee Schulz says the number of pigs and hogs that were euthanized due to COVID-19-related slowdowns appears to be lower than originally expected.

“We have to credit the producers and the entire supply chain of acting very quickly in slowing down hogs and adjusting diets, etc.,” he says. “All of those management practices really helped the industry to deal with this situation.”

He told Brownfield Ag News, he doesn’t anticipate major disruptions down the road.

“What we did was we pushed those hogs into those lighter-weight categories because we slowed down the growth of those hogs,” he says. “I think that should help to spread out some of that production.”