Utah hog farm part of $7.1 billion Chinese deal

Circle Four Farms, a massive hog operation in Milford, is part of a $7.1-billion buyout that would be the largest-ever Chinese takeover of a U.S. firm. The southwestern Utah farm each year raises and markets 1.2 million hogs — a number that is about 185 times larger than Beaver County’s human population. Its parent company is the Virginia-based Smithfield Farms, whose chief executive the Senate Agriculture Committee questioned about the Chinese deal this week. The acquisition by the Hong Kong-b...

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