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Sharp falls in hog prices trigger warning system, state planner urges farmers to keep pig production capacity at reasonable level

Chinese authorities said the sharp drop in hog prices has brought a closely watched indicator of production costs below a critical level and urged pig farmers to maintain pig production capacity at a reasonable level.

The average hog-to-grain ratio, which takes the price of a pig and divides it by the cost of the corn needed to feed it, dropped below the critical 6:1 level last week, triggering a level-3 warning that requires . . .

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