Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Number of Hog Producers in the U.S. Declined Sixty Percent in the Decade Ending in 2009

Large operations produced an increasing share of output
between 1998 and 2009

Between 1998 and 2009, the total number of hog operations fell by about 60 percent, and the average inventory grew from 2,589 to 7,930 head. Over this period, the number of hog operations producing fewer than 300 animal units declined rapidly, resulting in a shift in production to larger operation. In 2009, over half of all hog production occurred in operations with 1,000 or more animal units.
[pdf source usda]