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Pork Powerhouses (2006) - The largest / biggest pork producers

by 5m Editor
27 October 2006, at 12:00am

By Successful Farming - This article briefly lists the US top 20 and Canadian top 5 pork / hog producers in 2005/2006, as published by Successful Farming magazine. The article also provides a link to the full Successful Farming Pork Powerhouses Report for 2006.

After three years of solid profit in the pig business, you would expect more sow expansion than there is. This exclusive Pork Powerhouses data shows 323,665 more sows in production today than one year ago for the largest 20 U.S. producers.

20 largest pork producers in the United States
2006 Rank 2005 Rank Name of Operation Headquarters # Sows 2006 # Sows 2005 Comments
1 1 Smithfield Foods Smithfield, VA 1,200,115 960,000 995,325 in U.S., rest international. Bought Premium Standard Farms in Sept.
2 NA Seaboard Foods Shawnee Mission, KS 213,600 213,600 Includes Christensen, Hanor, TriOak, New Fashion, Eichelberger, Allied Producers’.
3 3 Seaboard Farms Shawnee Mission, KS 213,600 213,600 No plans for more sows. Marketing pork for Triumph Foods.
4 4 Iowa Select Farms Iowa Falls, IA 150,000 150,000 Building finishing barns. No plans for sow growth.
5 6 Prestage Farms Clinton, NC 140,000 140,000 Building finishing barns in Iowa. Shipping weaned pigs from MS to IA.
6 8 The Pipestone System Pipestone, MN 130,000 110,000 Most growth comes from existing sites that Pipestone is now managing.
7 13 The Maschhoffs Carlyle, IL 116,000 115,000 Added one 6,000-sow farm, but removed some old Land O’Lakes farms.
8 9 Cargill Minneapolis, MN 87,000 94,000 Sow reduction due to natural attrition.
9 10 Maxwell Foods, Inc. Goldsboro, NC 76,000 76,000 Plan to build three 5,000-sow farms in Indiana by late 2007..Òr
10 13 AMVC Management Audubon, IA. 75,000 65,000 Includes Natural Pork Production II. Acquired a sow farm in Indiana.
11 12 Tyson Foods Springdale, AR 70,000 70,000 No changes
12 15 Progressive Swine Tech. Columbus, NE 55,200 50,000 Built a 5,200-sow farm. Also adding finishing.r
13 14 Hormel Foods Austin, MN 51,000 51,000 Adding 10,000 sows in Wyoming.
14 16 Nebraska Pork Partners Columbus, NE 45,000 45,000 No plans for expansion, but looking for opportunities.
15 18 Wakefield Pork Gaylord, MN 41,000 38,600 Added one 2,400-sow farm.
16 17 Hatfield Quality Meats Hatfield, PA 36,100 41,100 Exited some farms. Sow expansion planned for PA and IN in 2007.
17 20 Whitestone Farms Burnsville, MN 35,000 35,000 No expansion planned.h.
18 22 Texas Farm Perryton, TX 33,500 29,000 Not expanding at this time.
19 21 Holden Farms Northfield, MN 32,000 30,000 Added 2,000 sows
20 22 Coharie Farms Clinton, NC 31,000 29,000 All growth is internal.
TOTALS 3,017,315 2,693,650 Growth of 323,665 sows.
Source: Successful Farming

5 largest pork producers in Canada (excluding Quebec)
2006 Rank 2005 Rank Name of Operation Headquarters # Sows 2006 # Sows 2005 Comments
1 1 Maple Leaf Foods Landmark, Manitoba 116,000 118,000 No sow expansion planned. Still adding finishing space.
2 2 Hytek LaBroquerie, Manitoba 54,000 48,000 Added sow nucleus in North Dakota.
3 4 The Puratone Corp. Niverville, Manitoba 46,000 27,500 Acquired the additional sows. No plans to build, but may acquire more.
4 3 Big Sky Farms Humboldt, Saskatchewan 41,000 40,000 Now completing a 6,000-sow farm. Will grow to 47,000 by spring 2007.
5 5 Stomp Pork Farms LeRoy, Saskatchewan 27,000 27,000 No plans for expansion.
TOTALS 284,000 260,500 Growth of 23,500 sows.
Source: Successful Farming

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October 2006