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Holiday spiral ham pricier this year because of fat pigs

It doesn't seem to make sense,  but spiral ham this year will cost more per pound even though hogs in the U.S. are fatter.  

That's because farmers have been overfeeding pigs to make up for commercial losses after a virus killed millions of piglets earlier this year. 

Pork overall will be less expensive due to the excess meat, but the hind legs of many animals have exceeded the size used to make the traditional spiral cut seen on many holiday tables, reports Bloomberg.

“This year has been a struggle for people that sell half hams because heavier hogs are coming to market,” Brian Mariuz, chief financial officer of Honey Baked Ham division in Michigan, told Bloomberg.  

Government data shows that half of all ham consumption in U.S. occurs at Thanksgiving and Christmas with retail spices up 26 percent—a record $3.433 per pound. The number of hogs slaughtered through Nov. 15 of this year was down by about five million animals, to 92.09 million, according to USDA data. Pork output overall was down 1.2 percent.

With fewer pigs this year, fewer hind leg hams in the traditional size (17 to 20 pounds) will be available. HoneyBaked Ham’s are up to $7.59 a pound this year—30 cents more than the same time in 2013. The larger pigs yield hams that weigh between 23 and 27 pounds which is too much meat for the average consumer.

“There’s a lot of hams not showing up on the market,” said Russell Barton, who reports on ham for Urner Barry. “So many of them are not at an optimal weight.”

One silver lining in this is that your holiday breakfast may be a bit cheaper. Earlier this year, bacon prices reached record highs but have since fallen

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Re: Holiday spiral ham pricier this year because of fat pigs

So once again it is the farmers fault prices are up.  Who says farmers cannot control commodity prices?  Smiley LOL

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Re: Holiday spiral ham pricier this year because of fat pigs

It has to be ethanol's fault that pork prices are up. Ethanol has recently been linked to the ferguson riots and middlwe east rise of the ISIS. I t also has been reported that ethanol was the real culprit behind the kennedy assasination, obesity in america, a rise in teen pregnancy, and somehow tied to the recent ignition recall on gm cars.

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Re: Holiday spiral ham pricier this year because of fat pigs

I bet that crap is what's to blame for my dishwasher starting to leak too.
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Re: Holiday spiral ham pricier this year because of fat pigs

Ida,

 

There is also an air quality issue. causing those smog years in the 1960's.

 

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The biggest lie told is that congress isn't doing anything.    

 

Oh and don't forget ethanols contribution to gridlock on capital hill.  Smiley Happy

 

The smile has come back

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Re: Holiday spiral ham pricier this year because of fat pigs

Oh my!!  I must stand up for ethanol,  here is where I believe we should be headed with fuel to run every engine on the farm.   http://www.e100ethanolgroup.com/E100_Engines_and_Vision.html

 

Ok, go ahead and throw some grenades my way, just make sure they are filled will E-100.

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Re: Holiday spiral ham pricier this year because of fat pigs

She's guys. I'll need to pay attention to those pharma ads on TV to see if any of them are approved for raging paranoia.

 

There were holes in the old hog purcahsing system which is why we now have the Lean Hog contract and mostly carcass formula pricing.

 

And there are going to be holes in the new system from time to time relative to how mercahdising has traditionally been done.

 

It is as I posted a few months ago- had a center cut chop that looked like a small porterhouse- figured it must have been a gilt that got loose into the feed room and ate directly out of the Paylean bag.

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Re: Holiday spiral ham pricier this year because of fat pigs

Ida you're talking about ethanol from a bottle or can right? Not the kind from a gas pump
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Re: Holiday spiral ham pricier this year because of fat pigs

well, of course clayton. that makes more sense. Have a happy thanksgiving

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