Ohio Pig Population Rebounding After Swine Flu

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April 29 2021 08:00 pm

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A rebound in Ohio’s swine population since the loss of hundreds of thousands of pigs to a virus last year is expected to continue to help lower pork prices for consumers.
    
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ohio reported a 16 percent year-over-year increase in its pig population as of June 1. The Columbus Dispatch reports the state herd of almost 2.4 million pigs was Ohio’s largest in 25 years.
    
Agricultural experts say one reason for the increase is that producers in Ohio and other states responded to last year’s losses by breeding more pigs and the virus didn’t hit as hard this year.
    
Agriculture officials say the U.S herd grew 9 percent to nearly 67 million and pork prices fell 7 percent from last May to May 2015.

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