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World sow numbers

I updated the Pork Powerhouses report to include some numbers from China, Brazil, EU and Chile.

 

Here's the link: Pork Powerhouses around the world.

 

Since I posted this, Dermot Hayes sent me a note that sow productivity has actually been decreasing in China for the past few years.

 

-- Betsy

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Veteran Advisor

Re: World sow numbers

Did he explain why  ?

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Contributor

Re: World sow numbers

In a nutshell: 

The Chinese raise four times as many pigs as we do in a much smaller area. They seem to have mounting disease issues due to population density.

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Re: World sow numbers

That and there are a lot of pigs that are still kept in back yards, fed waste and spread disease.  They will have a hard time getting their numbers up until they change their ways.

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Veteran Advisor

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Not likely to mess with the peasant's back yard hogs.

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/20/AR2010102004820.html

 

 

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Re: World sow numbers

Capitalism of fear. Risk taking of everything dealing with money. None with anything else.

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