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Fillmore County’s pork industry ranked 22nd in Minnesota

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Being a part of the Midwest, Fillmore County shares deep agricultural roots with the rest of this region of the United States. One of the most significant industries of the area, even though overlooked sometimes, would be the hog farming industry.

In a message put together by America’s Pork Producers and the Pork Checkoff, Fillmore County farmers alone sold 269,100 hogs. Hogs are generally weigh almost 270 pounds when sold at the age between 5.5 and six months.

Gross income generated from these sales was reported to be $36.3 million. The hog industry is even directly tied to the corn and soybean industries, both of which are important to our area. Data from 2005 estimated that Fillmore County hogs consumed 2.8 million bushels of corn and 941,000 bushels of soybeans.

Minnesota ranks as 22nd in hog production, even after the county’s hog production was said to have peaked in 1980, more than 30 years ago.

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