Pork is still a good buy in US
I like pork, and have some kind most mornings for breakfast. Pork is a good buy in the grocery store too, which makes it a favorite in most homes in America.
Pig farming has changed a lot over the years and pig farmers have faced more than their share of challenges. There are over 67,000 U.S. pig farms, with over 113 million pigs. These are 98 percent family owned pig farms. That is 23 billion pounds of pork each year. That is 13 billion plus industry in farm value, and 34 billion in market value.
Pig production is up 8.3 percent from last year, and the breeding numbers are expected to go up 4.6 percent. Exports of pork is up 49 percent to over 36,200 metric tons. China is the largest buyer of U.S. pork buying 23,900 metric tons.
The USDA Meat Science Researchers have determined that the quality of U.S. pork is up after testing loin quality, pork bellies, and hams in the animals they tested. There are several reasons for this: 1. Better housing of pigs. 2. Better health management. 3. Better odor control. 4. Larger leaner pigs. 5. Better nutrition. 6. Better manure management. Pig farmers have faced many challenges like: 1. Price of corn. 2. Ethanol production. 3. Drought. 4. Extreme activism. 5. Export and trade issues. Don’t listen to the news if you want to know what goes on down on the farm, but listen to the farmers that are trying to feed the world.