National Hog Farmer, Genesus unveil 2019 Global Mega Producer list

There are now 31 pork operations around the globe that can say they have 100,000 sows or more.


Ann Hess, National Hog Farmer

Jun 06, 2019


While tariffs, trade and African swine fever are currently creating great uncertainty in global swine markets, over the past year the top pork production companies around the world have made great strides, investing in additional agribusiness opportunities, expanding their integrated business models and exploring niche market demands. There are now 31 pork operations around the globe that can say they have 100,000 sows or more. Together, these 2019 Global Mega Producers own more than 9 million sows.


It’s often said an animal will never get over a good or bad start. That’s why the sow’s job is so crucial to the success of the swine business. While the mother pig may have only one duty — to deliver a healthy, thriving and productive litter each farrowing — the pork supply chain truly begins with investing in that sow through proven genetics, precise nutrition and best practices in husbandry and management to enhance efficient growth.


Pork is currently the global meat of choice, with more than 40% of the world’s population feasting on the protein each year — but chicken and beef are not far behind. With the threat of foreign animal diseases affecting our pork supply chain, keeping these sow production numbers up is even more crucial for the global pork industry to meet consumer demands and maintain our edge over other proteins.


According to the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service, yearly global pork production was already down 4% by April 2019, driven by a sharp reduction in output in China, where ASF outbreaks have resulted in liquidation of breeding herds. The FAS estimates reduced hog supplies will most likely result in a substantial contraction in pork production this year.


However, outside of China, the FAS says pork production is growing moderately, led by strong growth in the United States (4%) and Brazil (6%). Improved export prospects may encourage European Union pork producers to begin expanding herds later this year. The FAS forecasts global exports to be 8% higher, fueled by rising demand from China and steady economic growth in most major pork markets.


The global swine industry could significantly transform over the next year, and all eyes will be on these leading pork production companies to see how they weather any potential storms in the market. In the meantime, here is a quick snapshot of some our key findings in this year’s report:


more, including world Global Mega Producer Map, infographic, and link to PDF with complete Global Mega Producer list