After his daughter's death, Dale Reicks started building sow farms. He grew from 1,200 sows in 2003 to 15,000 sows by 2009. Today, that number is 32,500.
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The owner of Iowa Select Farms is in expansion mode with a sow count that will reach 200,000 by this fall.
Bob Morrison, a professor in the Swine Group at the University of Minnesota, died in a traffic accident in the Czech Republic on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
Family-owned Schwartz Farms, Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, is one of the most respected pork producers in the U.S.
Iowa Select Farms is building high-tech sow barns designed to keep disease out.
An increase in this mysterious problem has the industry searching for answers.
Wildfires destroyed the Plum Thicket sow farm, owned by Smithfield Foods, near LaVerne, Oklahoma, on March 7, 2017. While Smithfield operations in the state of Oklahoma include 45,000 sows over multiple farm sites, this fire affected only one farm with 6,350 sows. Of those, approximately 4,300 were lost.
Plum Thicket was a high-performing sow farm that supplied breeding stock to other Smithfield sites in the U.S..
Fires continue to burn in the region.
Smithfield Foods has launched an antibiotic-free line of fresh pork products under its Pure Farms brand.
The number of farms in the U.S. for 2016 is estimated at 2.06 million, down 8,000 farms from 2015.