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“Every day, we hear of more outbreaks,” says Christine McCracken, a senior analyst at RaboResearch, which is affiliated with the global financial firm Rabobank.

McCracken and her colleagues now estimate that by the end of 2019, China’s production of pork could be cut in half. “That’s roughly 300 million to 350 million pigs lost in China, which is almost a quarter of the world’s pork supply,” she says. “It’s a massive number.” (This measures the reduction in pigs slaughtered annually, which is roughly twice the number of animals in China’s swine herd at any one time.)

The estimate, McCracken says, is based on information from her company’s clients in China, which include meat packers, companies that sell animal feed, and animal health experts.

…continue reading ‘Swine Fever Is Killing Vast Numbers Of Pigs In China’

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