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Pork Powerhouses 25th Anniversary: Stats Show the Story

Looking back over 25 years of Pork Powerhouses reports, a few statistics jump out. Here are some of the most intriguing numbers. (The 2019 ranking of the Top 40 Pork Powerhouses is here.)

# Sows owned by the 10 largest producers in past 25 years:

1994: 827,000

2000: 2 million

2019: 2.8 million

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12 Companies In the Top 40 From 1994 to 2019

Company                    # Sows 1994   # Sows 2019

Tyson Foods                95,000             82,000

Prestage Farms           74,000             185,000

Smithfield Foods         65,000             942,000

Goldsboro/Maxwell    30,000             54,000

Seaboard Corp            20,000             345,000

Hanor                          12,000             100,000

Holden Farms             12,000             70,000

Iowa Select Farms       11,400             242,500

N.G. Purvis Farms       11,200             25,000

Christensen Farms      11,000             148,000

J.C. Howard Farms      10,800             28,000

Hog Slat/TDM             10,000             30,000

Five of the 12 are based in North Carolina.

Smithfield Foods Sow #s in U.S.

1994: 65,000 sows

1995: 95,000

1996: 112,000

1997: 120,000

1998: 152,000

1999: 675,000 (buys Murphy Family Farms, Carroll’s Foods, J&K Farms, and others)

2000: 695,000 (buys Lundy Packing)

2001: 710,000

2002: 744,341

2003: 756,226 (buys Farmland Foods)

2004: 808,000 (buys Alliance Farms)

2005: 798,000

2006: 995,325 (buys Premium Standard Farms in Missouri)

2007: 1,000,000

2008: 1,020,000

2009: 922,251

2010: 876,804

2011: 837,951 (buys Vall in Oklahoma)

2012: 862,000

2013: 868,000 (Smithfield was bought by the Chinese-owned Shuanghui International Holdings)

2014: 887,000

2015: 894,000

2016: 880,000

2017: 910,000

2018: 950,000

2019: 942,000

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