Facts About Pig Farming and the Pig Farming Business | Random Stuff

info-aff-links-1Facts about pig farming you just may want to know before you start a pig farming business. I remember when I was a young boy growing up in East Texas, my second cousin’s family had a pig farm. We use to visit the farm during the summers as a kid. But I never considered all the facts about pig farming until now.

Random Facts About Pig Farming

Not that I want to start a pig farm, but something triggered my memories about visiting the pig farm when I was a kid. As I was doing a bit of research on pigs, I was amazed at all the facts about pig farming one better learn before they start trying to bring home the bacon. (pun intended)

If you are considering a piggery business, hopefully these facts and information will help you along your path.

Random Facts

    Fact 1. There are 67,000 pig farms in the United States.
    Fact 2. Pigs are not as dirty as you think. The floors are designed to keep things clean. They are built on a slant so that cleanup is easier. Nobody wants dirty pigs.
    Fact 3. There are five common types of pig farms; farrow-to-finish, farrow-to-nursery, farrow-to-wean, farrow-to-finish, and finally, finish. What does farrow mean you may be asking. The definition of farrow is, “a litter of pigs”.
    Fact 4. It’s illegal to raise pigs using hormones.
    Fact 5. Between 1959-2009, pig farmers decreased land use by 78 percent and water use by 41 percent.
    Fact 6. Piglets are born with needle-teeth that are trimmed after birth. Farmers have learned more than a few things over the years, and one of them is to trim piglet teeth to prevent injuries to other piglets and the sow.
    Fact 7. Piglets need to stay warm. Heat lamps are used to keep them toasty.
    Fact 8. The pig is the friendliest animal on the farm. (maybe social media got it’s start in pig farming)
    Fact 9. The fastest member of the pig family is the warthog, which can reach speeds of 35 MPH.
    Fact 10. Arnold Ziffel is a pig featured in Green Acres, an American situation comedy that originally aired on CBS from 1965 to 1971. Arnold is a pig of the Chester White breed.

Now you know a bit more about pigs and pig farming. But what about the business side of things?

The Numbersfacts about pig farming
Hog and pig farming is a $22.5 Billion industry. In 2012, the U.S. hog and pig industry had sales of $22.5 billion, accounting for 6 percent of total U.S. agriculture sales.

Hog and pig sales were $4.4 billion, or 24.6 percent, higher in 2012 than 2007, when the agriculture census was last conducted. Iowa had the largest increase in sales (up $1.9 billion), followed by Minnesota (up $0.6 billion) and Illinois (up $0.4 billion). North Carolina experienced a decline of $231 million in sales, but remained the second largest producer.

The 21,687 farms that are primarily hog and pig operations accounted for 89 percent of all hog and pig sales ($19.9 billion). Their production costs were $18.4 billion (19 percent higher than in 2007). Per farm average costs were $850,146, which is more than five times as much as the average for all farms. It is also a 68 percent increase over 2007 hog and pig farm average costs.

Family/Individuals make up 83% of operations and 41% of sales.

For more statistics and information and facts about pig farming, visit USDA Census of Agriculture.

In closing let me say, you now know a few facts about pig farming and the pig business. Is pig farming in your future? It could be the perfect way to bring home the bacon.


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