Feed given to the sows and piglets was infected with a disease that ultimately killed all of the piglets. Because the loss occurred early in the pigs’ life cycle, MDD assessed the loss based on hog market prices for a date that matched when the piglets would have been sold as market hogs. We also considered the average mortality, weight of the hogs and index/premium received by the claimant when projecting the lost revenue. MDD then deducted saved expenses such as feed, utilities, freight, board fees and levies to determine the overall lost profit. While MDD was retained for this file by the insured, the claimant was also impressed with MDD’s knowledge and later hired us directly on a separate litigation matter.
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