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U.S. hog herd decline less than expected despite deadly pig virus

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The U.S. hog herd shrank less than feared in the latest quarter compared with a year earlier, leaving it well above average trade forecasts, a U.S. Department of Agriculture report showed on Friday.

The data suggests the spread of the deadly Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus was not as devastating to the herd during the December through February period as some in the industry had expected, analysts said.

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