You might think big pig expansion would grind to a halt with $4 corn. Not so. The 43 operations owning 10,000 sows or more grew by 18% in the past year.
Quite a year. That’s a simplified description of the ups and downs in the hog industry during the past 12 months.
The tremendous growth in North Carolina may begin to slow soon. The state will be “maxed out in 18 months” for pigs unless more slaughter capacity is added, says one large producer.