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China pig herd shrinks further in October: agriculture ministry

From Reuters - November 14, 2017

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinas pig herd shrank in October by the most in close to two years, said the agriculture ministry on Wednesday, amid a crackdown on farm pollution that has forced hundreds of thousands of farms to close in the past year.

The worlds largest pig herd contracted by 6.6 percent in October from a year ago, said the ministry, without giving detailed livestock figures.

That was more than last months drop of 6.1 percent, and a reduction pace not seen since January 2016.

The sow herd fell 5.3 percent last month, also more than last months decline, and the largest drop since March 2016.

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