An Overview of Pork Production in the U.S.
By Terri Queck-Matzie, Successful Farming
Agriculture.com - 10/2/2019
Pork is the most consumed meat in the world.
Pork production in the U.S. has an estimated $23.4 billion of gross output per year, with around 26% of the nearly 2.2 million metric tons of pork and pork products produced exported to other countries.
Pigs consume billions of bushels of grain and oilseeds, and provide income for more than 60,000 pork producers, primarily in the Midwest and North Carolina.
Hereís more information on pork production and pork producers in the U.S.
Successful Farming Highlights Pork Powerhouses
Of the 60,000 U.S. pork producers, a handful lead the vertically integrated industry.
Successful Farmingís Pork Powerhouses ranks the 40 largest pig producers in the U.S. Those producers account for roughly two thirds of the U.S. swine breeding herd.
Smithfield Foods, owned by Chinese company WH Group, leads the list, followed by Seaboard Farms, Pipestone System, and Iowa Select Farms.
The U.S. pork industry is still expanding, despite tariffs, labor challenges, and global disease risks. The nationís largest pig producers added 66,000 sows in 2019.
Daryl Olsen is the senior veterinarian and one of 12 partners in AMVC (Audubon-Manning Veterinary Clinic) Management Group located in western Iowa. The company accounts for around 145,000 sows in seven states. Olsen says their success is based on providing farmers with an avenue to maintain financial independence with the advantage and security of working within a larger system.
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