This Week in PORK: Feral Hog Attack, Chinese Pricing and Bacon Recall

02:42PM Dec 04, 2019
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Police say feral hogs attacked and killed a woman outside a Southeast Texas home where she worked as a caretaker, AgDay’s Clinton Griffiths reports. Christine Rollins cared for an elderly couple at their home in the small town of Anahuac. Investigators say the 84-year-old woman she cared for was waiting for Rollins to arrive. The woman went outside and found the 59-year-old in the front yard between her car and the front door. Police say she had a severe head wound and several other injuries consistent with animal bites.

“They say it's the fifth documented wild hog attack that ended in a fatality since 1825. So it's definitely rare,” says Jennifer Shike, editor of Farm Journal’s PORK. “But if wild pigs feel like they are threatened or trapped, they can attack and they are very powerful and very dangerous. So, you know, it's also a sign that the wild pig problem is increasing if they're creeping more and more into the suburban and urban areas.”

Shike says the 2018 Farm Bill provides $75 million for the Feral Swine Eradication and Control Pilot Program. That money is already being shipped to states to help with population control.  

Currently there are an estimated 6-million wild pigs living the U.S. 

In China, pork prices continue to increase, Griffiths says. According to Reuters, wholesale pork prices rose more than 1-percent over the weekend. It's now roughly $2.73 per pound. That's according to data from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs. Analysts telling Reuters, prices may be starting to trend up as consumption rises during winter and the Lunar New Year holiday in late January. Agriculture ministry officials say there are ample frozen pork inventories and that will help contain pork prices. 

Lastly, there’s a large pork and turkey recall to pass along. It involves Blue Grass Quality Meats out of Kentucky. The company is recalling 121,000 pounds of pork bacon and ready-to-eat turkey products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens, Griffiths explains.

They were shipped to locations in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia and the products were sold under brand names such as "Blue Grass Cajun Style Turkey Breast," or "Troyer Cajun Style Bacon.”