Despite a sharp decline shortly after the start of the pandemic, hog slaughter rates were above or close to 2019 rates for the remainder of 2020

Line chart showing the percent change in weekly hog slaughter rates from 2019-20, showing a sharp drop off starting in mid-March 2020 when the outbreak was labeled a pandemic.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic sparked a sharp decline in U.S. hog slaughter rates but each region recovered differently.

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