Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hog inventories climb in Illinois

Hog inventories climb in Illinois, Metamora Herald


Illinois News Network

The hog industry is booming, and Illinois' economy is benefiting through the addition of thousands of jobs.

The U.S. hog inventory has gone up 2 percent since this time last year, and Illinois has experienced about the same rate of growth over that time.

Jennifer Tirey, executive director of the Illinois Pork Producers Association, said the growth can be attributed to five new processing plants in Iowa, Missouri, Michigan and Minnesota.

The increase in facilities equals an increase in pork output.

“In 2016, we had 2.4 million roughly for capacity," Tirey said. "Now, our capacity in 2017 is up to almost 2.6 million."

The pork industry is one of the few in Illinois that still operates in the black, according to Tirey. It employs more than 10,000 people.

“Within our industry there are no minimum wage jobs," Tirey said. "Most of the jobs are in the high teens for starting out if not higher, and a lot of the employees that work at these farms see a lot of internal movement."

Tirey said the increase has an impact beyond the farm.

“It’s about raising the animals and sending that animal to market, and then we’re processing it, and so it’s such a large chain for our industry in Illinois,” Tirey said.

Hog inventory growth affects the global market. As hog numbers continue to grow, Tirey said it’s important to maintain free trade agreements.

“Twenty-seven percent of all of our product is exported overseas, so that is something that we are pushing to continue,” Tirey said.

originally from: https://www.ilnews.org/news/agriculture/hog-inventories-climb-in-illinois/article_80419fe0-b5dd-11e7-9e75-5f05e384b709.html

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