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Is a pork shortage inevitable?

A pork and bacon shortage is “inevitable,” according to the National Pig Association. As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the National Pig Association in Britain recently released information in a press release about declining pig herds across the European Union. They also confirmed that the trend, “is being mirrored around the world.” Smaller herd sizes are thought to be a direct result of the high costs of feed, which was caused by a drought that devastated corn and soybean crops this year.

Upon the announcement of the news, denizens of Elbert County began to plan to expand their personal pig herds, and trade secrets on how to smoke and cure bacon and pork.

The National Pig Association believes that midway through next year the number of pigs slaughtered could fall 10 percent, and despite being a relatively small number, prices of European pork would double as a result.

In the U.S. the supply of pork was at a record high last month, at 580.8 million pounds. However, this figure was measured right around the time when farmers began scaling down their herds due to increased feeding prices

Smaller herd sizes are thought to be a direct result of the high costs of feed, which was caused by a drought that devastated corn and soybean crops this year. Smaller herds mean less pork, which will lead to higher prices.v
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