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The Top U.S. / Canadian Pork / Hog Producers - Pork Powerhouses (2005)

by 5m Editor
1 October 2005, at 12:00am

By Successful Farming - This article briefly lists the US top 10 and Canadian top 5 pork / hog producers in 2004/2005, as published by Successful Farming magazine. The article also provides a link to the full Successful Farming Pork Powerhouses Report for 2005.

There should be no shortage of hogs next year. Sow numbers for the 30 largest Pork producers in 2004 show an increase of 137,100 over 2003. However, only about 10,000 of those sows were true expansion; the rest was acquisition as the industry continues to consolidate.

10 largest pork producers in the United States
2005 Rank 2004 Rank Name of Operation Headquarters # Sows 2005 # Sows 2004 Comments
1 1 Smithfield Foods Smithfield, VA 798,000 808,000 Trimmed a few sow farms in Midwest. 162,000 additional sows outside U.S.
2 2 Premium Standard Farms Kansas City, MO 221,000 225,000 108,000 in MO; 80,000 in NC; 33,000 in TX. PSF went public in June.
3 3 Seaboard Farms Shawnee Mission, KS 213,600 213,600 Will market all pork for Triumph Foods. Changed name from Seaboard Farms.
4 5 Iowa Select Farms Iowa Falls, IA 150,000 130,000 Converting nurseries to sow farms.
5 4 Christensen Farms Sleepy Eye, MN 148,800 144,000 Shareholder in Triumph Foods. Added two 2,400-sow farms.
6 5 Prestage Farms Clinton, NC 140,000 130,000 Converting nurseries to sow farms.
7 13 The Maschhoffs Carlyle, IL 115,000 52,000 Bought Land O’Lakes swine operations.
8 7 The Pipestone System Pipestone, MN 110,000 100,000 One farm in system expanded and more growth is planned.
9 8 Cargill Minneapolis, MN 94,000 99,000 Sold sow farms in North Carolina to Coharie Farms and GIS Perfect Pig.
10 9 Goldsboro Hog Farm Goldsboro, NC 76,000 76,000 No growth planned.
Source: Successful Farming

5 largest pork producers in Canada (excluding Quebec)
2005 Rank 2004 Rank Name of Operation Headquarters # Sows 2005 # Sows 2004 Comments
1 1 Maple Leaf Foods Landmark, Manitoba 118,000 122,000 Full or partial ownership of sows. Includes nucleus and multiplier barns.
2 3 Hytek LaBroquerie, Manitoba 48,000 40,000 Acquired some sow farms and looking for more. Adding finishing space.
3 4 Big Sky Farms Humboldt, Saskatchewan 40,000 28,000 Bought Community Pork Ventures.
4 6 The Puratone Corp. Niverville, Manitoba 27,500 25,000 Plan to be at 32,000 sows by end of 2006 through acquisition, not new growth.
5 5 Stomp Pork Farms LeRoy, Saskatchewan 27,000 27,000 No plans for expansion.
Source: Successful Farming

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Source: Farm.Doc - October 2005