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Hog and pig farming in the U.S. - statistics & facts

Hog and pig farming is a branch of animal husbandry that involves the raising and breeding of pigs domestically and principally for food. China leads by far in the worldwide production of pork, with around 34 million metric tons of pork produced in 2020 alone—nearly a million more than the amount produced in the EU. The United States is third in global pork production, producing around 13.18 million metric tons in that year.

Pig farming in the U.S.

In hog and pig farming in the U.S., the animals are allowed to roam freely, raised in a homestead or bred within intensive commercial units in an industrial farm system. The number of hogs and pigs kept for breeding in the U.S. amounted to about 6.5 million in 2019 and about 120 million hogs are slaughtered annually in the United States. In 2019, the total production value of hogs and pigs in the U.S. amounted to about 19.8 billion U.S. dollars and their total value per head stood at around 102 U.S. dollars.

Leading producers

As of March 2020, Iowa had an inventory of about 24.6 million hogs and pigs, making it the top producer of swine in the country by a large margin. In that same year, the second largest producer of hogs and pigs was Minnesota, with about 9.3 million head. The state of Iowa is by far the leading producer of hogs in the United States with a live weight production of hogs of approximately 14.5 billion pounds. Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) in the U.S., using hogs and pigs, has continued to generate a lot of concerns public health and waste management concerns as well as elicit very strong criticisms from animal welfare activists.

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Hog and pig farming in the U.S. - statistics & facts

Hog and pig farming is a branch of animal husbandry that involves the raising and breeding of pigs domestically and principally for food. China leads by far in the worldwide production of pork, with around 34 million metric tons of pork produced in 2020 alone—nearly a million more than the amount produced in the EU. The United States is third in global pork production, producing around 13.18 million metric tons in that year.

Pig farming in the U.S.

In hog and pig farming in the U.S., the animals are allowed to roam freely, raised in a homestead or bred within intensive commercial units in an industrial farm system. The number of hogs and pigs kept for breeding in the U.S. amounted to about 6.5 million in 2019 and about 120 million hogs are slaughtered annually in the United States. In 2019, the total production value of hogs and pigs in the U.S. amounted to about 19.8 billion U.S. dollars and their total value per head stood at around 102 U.S. dollars.

Leading producers

As of March 2020, Iowa had an inventory of about 24.6 million hogs and pigs, making it the top producer of swine in the country by a large margin. In that same year, the second largest producer of hogs and pigs was Minnesota, with about 9.3 million head. The state of Iowa is by far the leading producer of hogs in the United States with a live weight production of hogs of approximately 14.5 billion pounds. Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) in the U.S., using hogs and pigs, has continued to generate a lot of concerns public health and waste management concerns as well as elicit very strong criticisms from animal welfare activists.

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