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

Mexico

1,223,687,112 626,377

Japan

1,883,339,463

424,551

China/Hong Kong

902,758,570

416,993

Canada

844,527,157

227,409

South Korea

276,193,708

99,350

Australia

176,153,394

 53,924

Philippines

112,253,797

 50,060

Colombia

88,312,553

34,274

Chile

54,007,789

 19,707

Honduras 

52,839,290

 22,517

World

6,049,819,352

2,144,327

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