Smithfield to reduce hog production after loss
Smithfield Foods, the USA's largest hog producer has
issued a sharply lower quarterly profit as losses in its hog unit outweighed
better results from its other meat operations.
The loss is due in part to high feed prices as the
price of corn, an important feed, has surpassed a record $US6 per bushel. To
cope, Smithfield is reducing hog production and has focused on producing more
profitable packaged foods.
The hog unit had an operating loss of $US129
million, compared with a year earlier profit of $US40.6 million. A loss on hogs
had been expected and the company has responded by reducing production. It
previously said it will reduce its sow herd by 4 to 5 per cent.
improve earnings, Smithfield Foods, like other meat companies, has been working
to convert more of its fresh meats into higher-priced and more profitable
In addition to hogs and pork, Smithfield produces beef
and Butterball brand turkeys and is part owner of the nation's largest cattle
â€¢ Smithfield Foods
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