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 2,143,585 metric tons of pork valued at nearly $6.1 billion was exported in 2013.

 

2013 Top 10 Destinations for U.S. Pork

Partner Country

                USD ($000)

Quantity (Metric Tons)

Mexico

1,221,953 625,475

Japan

1,885,009

424,858

China/Hong Kong

903,414

417,306

Canada

844,384

227,373

South Korea

276,091

99,330

Australia

175,927

53,842

Philippines

112,256

50,089

Colombia

88,088

34,099

Chile

61,668

24,188

Honduras 

52,787

 22,494

World

6,049,095

2,143,585

 

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