Some pig raisers in the Midwest are reporting a rash of pig thefts, says the New York Times. Livestock economists pointed to thefts in a hog-rich region as a sign of the grim economy, a reflection of record-high prices, and the ease of stealing pigs from barns that are often far from the farmer's house. “This is the hot commodity of the moment, like copper a few years ago and gold,” said Ryan Bode, whose family company, Rebco Pork, discovered 150 of its pigs missing Sept. 16.
Bode seemed doubtful about seeing his pigs again. “My guess is that they're bacon and pork chops already,” he said. Worried hog producers pledged to strengthen security systems and considered offering rewards to solve the string of cases. No one seemed to know if it is the work of a single roving band of pig thieves, or isolated incidents with separate culprits, all driven by the high price of pigs (going for $200 apiece).