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Minnesota Pork Production Pigs - by the numbers


Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Minnesota pork producers are part of a progressive and innovative industry. The men and women involved in swine production provide a nutritional protein source to domestic and international markets, and their businesses generate billions of dollars and thousands of jobs to local economies. They are nationally recognized for adopting science-based technologies to shelter, feed and care for their pigs.

Modern swine facilities are designed by professional agricultural engineers who focus on animal comfort and environmental protection. Minnesota is also home to many of the nation's leading swine veterinarians and researchers.

Second in Value

Nationally, Minnesota ranks second in the value of hogs its farmers sell for processing into meat products such as bacon, chops, ribs and roasts. Minnesota surpassed North Carolina in market share, as measured by the value of its pig sales, in 2006, and continued to hold that position in 2007.

Third in Numbers

Minnesota continues to rank third in hog numbers. Minnesota pork producers marketed 15 million hogs last year. Iowa and North Carolina rank first and second in hog numbers, while Illinois is fourth and Indiana is fifth.

Swine Operations,

Employment & Economics

Swine Operations

The Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service recorded 4,700 Minnesota farming operations with one or more hogs in 2007. In Minnesota, 79 percent of the hogs are raised on operations that market 2,000 head or more a year.

Several factors contribute to swine operations raising more pigs, including: the necessity to raise a greater number of livestock to meet family living expenses; the adoption of technology that makes production on a larger scale possible; and the trend toward specialization in farming.

Employment

The pork industry supports 22,500 Minnesota jobs. These jobs include services for hog management and care, accountants, nutritionists, agronomists, meat processing, construction and related building fields, trucking and feed mill operations.

Economics

In 2007, Minnesota pork producers earned $2 billion in gross income from hog sales. This is the revenue received by the farmer to pay expenses. Each $1 in gross income from Minnesota pork production generates another $2.80 into the Minnesota economy, for an annual economic contribution of $7.6 billion.

Top Ten Minnesota Pork Producing Counties

1. Martin

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U of M research opportunities

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

I have been contacted by three individuals at the University of Minnesota looking for on-farm research sites in southeast Minnesota. If any of the projects described below st ..... 
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Ventilate and take other safety measures to prevent manure pit explosions

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

In several recent incidents in Minnesota and Iowa, explosions or flash fires have occurred in livestock buildings with manure pits. The explosions have, to date, mainly resulted in building damage, with few animal losses and no personal injuries or ..... 
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Free manure spreader calibrations available from the SWCD

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) reminds livestock producers that the SWCD offers free manure spreader calibrations. Fall is a good time to calibrate spreaders when manure is being applied to fields after harvest. The calibra ..... 
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Fall tillage management in wet soil conditions

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Last Thursday, while watching the rain, the thoughts of an early easy harvest came to an end. I came across some information prepared by Crops Regional Educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes and Extension Agronomist Jeff Coulter in 2009. They addressed ..... 
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Small farm U

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Times are tough, and maybe you are looking for an inexpensive small business venture on your land. Or, maybe you just need an engrossing hobby?

Either way, consider learning about some of your options at "Small Farm U" - Small Farm U ..... 
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Become a master gardener

Fri, Sep 24th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



The success of the University of Minnesota Master Gardener program starts with the quality and passion if its volunteers. It is the motivation, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the trained volunteers that make the Master Gardener program a value ..... 
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ALPACA FARMS NATIONWIDE CELEBRATE NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS

Wed, Sep 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) invites you to visit their member farms and ranches on National Alpaca Farm Days on September 25th and 26th. This is a unique opportunity for the public to explore the many aspects of the alpaca l ..... 
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It's farm safety week-take a nap!

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



September 19 - 25 is Farm Safety Week. The suggestion to take a nap may sound like a contradiction, but University of Illinois Extension Safety Specialist, Bob Aherin, says taking a break can actually be one of the best things you do during ..... 
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