— This is the script of CNBC's news report for China's CCTV on June 5, Thursday.
Welcome to the CNBC Business Daily.
The U.S. pork trade is taking a hit as a deadly porcine virus has prompted 11 countries to limit imports.
Pork prices are skyrocketing... while feed prices are plummeting.
Which means that for SOME, this could be one of their best years -- while for others, this year spells 'devastation'.
CNBC's Jane Wells has more.
The U.S. is the world's largest exporter of pork but it is trying to get a handle on a virus which has killed millions of young pigs and it's not completely clear how it spreads.
The so-called "PED" virus is not harmful to humans, but is deadly to most piglets, so hog farmers are taking all kinds of precautions, but they don't always work.
[RANDY SPRONK, HOG FARMER] "You're seeing boot washes, you're seeing people change clothes. Classic would be a Danish entry. Wash your hands."
[DR. HOWARD HILL, NAT'L PORK PRODUCERS PRES] "It's a little discouraging when people spend a lot of extra money to go through more truck washes and disinfecting and drying, and still get the disease"
Nats: "I'm putting skin oil on him"
With fewer pigs and record high pork prices, the current dilemma is good news for farmers without the virus, some selling their animals a hundred dollars more a piece than a year ago, and feed costs have plummeted.
[TRENT LOOS, HOG FARMER] "Unquestionably the people who'd not been affected by PED will have the best pork year they've had in quite some time"
Meantime, the industry continues to consolidate, after a Chinese firm bought U.S. pork giant Smithfield Foods.
[CHRIS HODGES, SVP BUS. DEV. SMITHFIELD FOODS] "It's going to be a joint effort to try to develop Chinese market for U.S. pork products. They've always been good customers for a lot of our products. But the challenge is for us to develop the whole muscle products in China.
The amazing thing is that demand for pork remains pretty high despite record prices. Maybe that's because it's still cheaper than beef. At the World Pork Expo in Des Mones, Iowa, I'm Jane Wells.
That wraps up this edition of the Business Daily.
I'm Sri Jegarajah, reporting from CNBC's Asian headquarters
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