U.S. pork production totaled 1.75 billion pounds in June, down 4 percent from 2011 numbers, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest report.
Hog slaughter totaled 8.55 million head, down 4 percent from June 2011. Of this number, 8.209 million were barrows and gilts, 243,000 were sows and 29,000 were boars. Iowa slaughtered the most hogs in June, with 2.287 million. North Carolina and Minnesota rounded out the top three, with 841,300 and 796,800 hogs slaughtered, respectively. The average live weight was up 1 pound, at 274 pounds, according to the USDA.
Sen. Chuck Grassley concerned that acquisition will increase concentration and decrease competition in the US pork industry
Regulators to be reviewing proposed merger within days
Zimbabwe has reported its first outbreaks of African swine fever since 1992, while Uganda, Zambia, Cabo Verde, Chad and Cote d’Ivoire have also had outbreaks since the start of 2015
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