Pork Powerhouses 2021: Bouncing back from COVID-19

 

By Karen McMahon, Successful Farming

Agriculture.com - 10/6/2021

 

 With COVID-19 disruptions easing, the 37 largest U.S. hog farms posted a modest 0.5% increase in sow numbers in 2021 for a total of nearly 4.15 million hogs. The meager gain is the smallest expansion since Successful Farming magazine’s Pork Powerhouses series began 27 years ago. (Sow numbers decreased in 2020, 2010, and 2009.)

 

But even a slim 20,813-sow expansion shows the largest hog farms were able to resist further contraction after last year’s 1.4% reduction in sows. The stability of the sow herd is remarkable considering the difficult year just endured.

 

Based on data provided by each company (except Smithfield Foods, for which estimates were provided by industry experts), 19 hog farms made no change to herd size compared with 2020, while 11 farms increased, and seven farms decreased.

 

Strong market prices helped Pork Powerhouses recover from COVID-19 losses...

 

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Packer Updates  ...

 

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more, including links, link to download Pork Powerhouses 2021 Rankings

https://www.agriculture.com/livestock/pork-powerhouses/pork-powerhouses-2021-bouncing-back-from-covid-19