Family Farms Dominate the Pork Industry

The structure of the hog farming sector has been a topic of conversation for many years. There is a perception that ‘family farms’ are not the typical type of operation.

EMI Analytics vice president Steve Meyer says that’s not the case, citing the 2012 Census…

“There are about 63000 farms out there that have pigs, of those about 26k are family farms where the majority of the business is held by family members.”

About 83 percent of the US swine inventory is raised on these ‘family farms.’ Meyer says contract production remains a vital part of US pork production…

“It protects them from all of the market risk on both grains and hogs. They have to raise their pigs well. These people are fired up about being contract growers. The ones that are good operations really appreciate them. We haven’t had the issues that the broilers have had with contract operations. The industry shouldn’t view them as any less.”



A native of the Texas Panhandle, Rhonda was born and raised on a cotton farm where she saw cotton farming evolve from ditch irrigation to center pivot irrigation and harvest trailers to modules. After graduating from Texas Tech University, she got her start in radio with KGNC News Talk 710 in Amarillo, Texas.