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How China’s pork crisis put the squeeze on struggling family pig farms

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]In mid June, pig farmer Liang Rixiang made the painful decision to downsize the hog farm she had been expanding for the past decade, selling four of her 10 breeding sows, two of them with babies.Liang’s farm of 100 hogs was relatively big for her village in northeastern Liaoning province. But neither she nor her smaller neighbours could avoid the economic pressure caused by plummeting pork prices, which have dropped as much as 60 per cent since the beginning of the year.“No matter how you raise…

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In mid June, pig farmer Liang Rixiang made the painful decision to downsize the hog farm she had been expanding for the past decade, selling four of her 10 breeding sows, two of them with babies.Liang’s farm of 100 hogs was relatively big for her village in northeastern Liaoning province. But neither she nor her smaller neighbours could avoid the economic pressure caused by plummeting pork prices, which have dropped as much as 60 per cent since the beginning of the year.“No matter how you raise…
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