U.S. Pigs Are Actually Too Porky to Sell As Holiday Hams
Turns out bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to pigs.
This year, pigs are apparently too fat to sell as holiday hams, leading to skyrocketing prices.
Disease killed off 5 million piglets, which meant 10 million fewer hams. As a result, farmers plumped up the pigs, but now the hams aren’t the right size.
Pigs are now about 27 pounds heavier than last year.
Ham prices are up 24 percent this holiday season, at an average cost of $3.12 per pound. On the bright side, there is more pork for bacon and other pig parts, so those prices will go down.
Half of all ham consumption happens at Thanksgiving and Christmas.