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Obese Pigs in China Are Fueling Relentless Pork Price Slump

  • Farmers have fattened hogs to almost twice the normal weight
  • Sell-off of big pigs worsening price slump: Bric Agriculture
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Obese pigs in China are being blamed for worsening a sudden rout in the country’s pork prices.

Farmers have been fattening hogs since late last year to almost double their normal weight -- roughly the size of a pygmy hippo or a female polar bear -- in the hope the animals will generate higher returns should prices rebound.