About Missouri's swine industry

Swine production always has been — and continues to be — an important economic activity in Missouri. In fact, Missouri ranks within the top 10 U.S. states for hog inventory, commercial hog slaughter and hog farms.

Find background information useful to your business in the Missouri swine industry profile below.

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    State rankings

    Missouri ranks within the top 10 U.S. states for hog inventory, commercial hog slaughter and hog farms. The following table lists the top 10 states for these classifications. Relative to other states, Missouri ranked sixth for hog inventory in September 2017 and fourth for commercial hog slaughter in 2016. Missouri ranked 10th in the number of hog farms, according to 2012 U.S. Census of Agriculture, the latest available. Iowa holds the top place in all three categories.

    Comparison by State of Hog Inventory, Commercial Hog Slaughter and Farms

    RankStatesHogs InventoryStatesCommercial SlaughterStateNumber of Hog/Pig Farms
    1Iowa 22,700,000 Iowa32,240,300Iowa6,266
    2North Carolina 9,200,000 Illinois12,068,000Texas4,905
    3Minnesota 8,300,000 Minnesota10,801,000Ohio3,494
    4Illinois 5,400,000 Missouri9,138,900Minnesota3,355
    5Indiana 4,100,000 Indiana8,651,900Pennsylvania3,097
    6Missouri 3,500,000 Nebraska7,987,100Indiana2,757
    7Nebraska 3,450,000 Oklahoma5,523,000Wisconsin2,270
    8Other states 3,189,000 Pennsylvania3,475,100North Carolina2,217
    9Ohio 2,850,000 California2,445,800Michigan2,198
    10Oklahoma 2,230,000 Ohio1,022,200Missouri2,128
    Sources: USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service
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    Missouri breeding hogs inventory (Dec. 1)

    Missouri sends a significant amount of feeder pigs to other states for finishing, as inventory data demonstrate. Breeding hog inventory is shown in the following figure, illustrating Dec. 1 inventory levels per year over the last couple decades. Missouri has seen a significant increase in recent years. The breeding herd was recorded at 450,000 sows on Dec. 1, 2017, which represented 7.3 percent of the U.S. sow herd.

    Missouri Breeding Hogs Inventory chart
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    Missouri market hogs inventory (Dec. 1)

    Missouri's market hog inventory for the last 20 years is shown in the following graph. Inventory levels increased by 10 percent between 2016 and 2017. The inventory was 2,950,000 hogs on Dec. 1, 2017, which represents 4.4 percent of the U.S. market hog inventory.

    Missouri Market Hogs Inventory chart
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    Tracking Missouri's annual pig crop and litter rate

    The number of heads in Missouri's annual pig crop has for the most part increased since 2006. There was a decline of 365,000 head between 2012 and 2014, but the number of head has recovered since then. In 2017, Missouri's pig crop reached 9,295,000 head — the highest level of the last 20 years.

    Missouri annual pig crop chart

    The litter rate in both Missouri and the U.S. has shown growth. Missouri's pig litter rate reached a high of 10.41 pigs/litter in 2012. In 2014, the rate experienced a decrease, due to the impact of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV). The U.S. average head/litter decreased by 0.3 head at that point, while Missouri's average saw a significant decrease of 1.0 head/litter. Both averages have since recovered and Missouri's litter rate was recorded at 10.21 pigs/litter in 2017.

    Chart of Missouri's annual pig litter rate
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    Missouri hog farms

    Missouri had 2,128 hog farms with approximately 2.77 million in inventory, according to the 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture Census of Agriculture. Farrow-to-finish farms were the most common type, with 692 farms in Missouri. Farrow-to-finish farms also held the largest inventory. Finish-only (567 farms) and farrow-to-wean (231 farms) were the next most common farm types. A vast majority of the swine inventory (93 percent) was held on farms with inventories greater than 2,000 or more hogs (204 farms).

    Missouri Hog Farms by Type of Operation, 2012

     Farm TypesInventory
    Source: USDA Census of Agriculture, 2012
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    Missouri hog cash receipts

    Annual cash receipts illustrate the hog industry's importance to the state economy. Missouri's hog cash receipts have grown significantly over time. In 2016, hog cash receipts in Missouri totaled $881 million — representing 9.9 percent of Missouri's cash receipts for all agricultural commodities.

    Chart of Missouri's hog cash receipts from 2000 to 2017
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    Missouri pork exports

    Missouri pork exports have generally increased over the last 17 years. During the last five years, exports have averaged about $275 million per year, and, in 2017, Missouri ranked seventh among other U.S. states with $281.5 million in pork exports. Other states leading in pork exports include Iowa, Minnesota and North Carolina.

    Chart of Missouri pork exports from 2000 to 2017