Outbreaks plague China’s pork herd


China’s pork production fell for the seventh consecutive quarter in the April-June period.

Second-quarter pork output fell 4.7% compared with the same period a year ago to 9.6 million metric tons, according to Reuters’ calculations. This combines to equal a 19.1% drop for the first six months of the year.

China slaughtered 251.03 million hogs in the first six months of the year, a 20% drop from the same period a year earlier, as the nation struggles with outbreaks of both COVID-19 and African swine fever.

At the same time, Reuters re­­ported last week that China...

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