Pork Facts

Pork production in the United States is a vital part of the economy. In 2011, there were nearly 35,000 direct, full-time equivalent pork producing jobs, which helped generate an additional 515,000 indirect jobs. The industry produced nearly $21.8 billion in personal income from total sales of more than $97 billion and added $34.5 billion to the country’s gross national product.

Today there are more than 67,000 pork operations compared with nearly 3 million in the 1950s. Farms have grown in size; 53 percent of them now produce 5,000 or more pigs per year. Nearly 21 billion pounds of pork were processed from about 110 million hogs in 2011. A total of 2.3 million metric tons of pork valued at more than $6.3 billion was exported in 2012.

 

2012 Top 10 Destinations for U.S. Pork

Note: Quantity units (Metric Tons)     Value

Partner Country

                  USD

Quantity

Japan

1,984,952,409 455,413

Mexico 

1,128,514,745

601,598

China/Hong Kong

885,076,051

430,555

Canada

855,976,276

235,662

South Korea

421,647,177

150,710

Russia

267,814,436

 93,306

Australia

209,603,722

 67,935

Philippines

88,171,751

 37,927

Colombia

54,007,789

 19,707

Honduras 

46,540,824

 20,149

World

6,320,718,074

2,261,745

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*Updated information from the 2012 U.S. Census of Ag will be provided in 2013.