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Apr 8, 2014 11:36 AM

Bacon prices rise due to virus killing baby pigs


Sounds like the virus came from China, although U.S. officials don't know how it got here.

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  1. Nooooooooooooo! Poor little piglets. The Horror!

    1. I just can't seem to find it in my heart to feel sorry for a veterinarian who raises animals for slaughter. I don't suppose he loses any sleep over it though.

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      1. re: miss_belle

        It's not just one person's pig farm:

        "The first reports came from the Midwest, and the states most affected are those with the largest share of the nation’s pigs: Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina and Illinois. The disease also has spread to Canada and Mexico."

        I'm sure this also includes many non-conglomerate farms and private farmers.

        1. re: LindaWhit

          I know that but since they showcased him I felt the need to comment.

          1. re: miss_belle

            So you don't care about all of the private farmers whose businesses aren't doing well because of this virus, or just this one? Or is there another reason?

                1. re: miss_belle

                  I'm confused why it's wrong for a veterinarian to raise animals for slaughter. Many farmers have a "day job" because of the difficulty of makes ends meet on the farm, are hobby farmers, or are just families raising a few beef or pigs for family consumption. Are there other professions that shouldn't raise animals for slaughter? My veterinarians work with vaccinating cattle, delivering stuck calves, pregnancy checking heifers every day. All those animals are going to slaughter. Why shouldn't they own some, too? I'm at a loss.

                  1. re: Firegoat

                    I have a brother who has a BIL who is a veterinarian who is also a cattle producer. He has a son who went to the University of Minnesota for meat science which basically means he is a meat cutter and sausage/bacon maker. He is now in his late 20s and has his own meat market (partners with his parents). He makes good bacon. I did not care for his pork burgers, but his breakfast sausage is excellent.

                    The price of all pork products is going to rise more than it has already.

                    1. re: Firegoat

                      Agreed. In addition, someone with veterinary experience is probably far more qualified to ensure the health of his or her animals than the average farmer.

                      Large animal vets are few and far between, even in farming country. I can only think of good consequences of an animal farm owner being a veterinarian.

          2. I know a lot of hog farmers. I sure hope none of their herds are affected by this. The problem with PED is that the piglets under 15 pounds have no immunity to this virus. Larger hogs can withstand being infected and will mostly recover. I've already noticed rising pork prices.

            1. My favorite breakfast place, Popi's, recently raised the price of their breakfast special by $1, the owner said because of the price of bacon.