Pork producers navigate hog price concerns as litter rates rise

As hog prices face potential decline, pork producers are dealing with a surge in litter rates, complicating efforts to control production.

In a bid to stabilize hog prices and manage production levels, pork producers are facing challenges as litter rates surge, complicating efforts to control output.

Recent data from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA) reveals a notable increase in the number of piglets being born, prompting producers to contemplate slowing farrowing by 1 to 3 percent in the coming months.

However, USDA figures suggest that this endeavor might be hindered by a larger pig crop, which increased by 2 percent on the year, and potentially offsets any progress curtailing production.

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