Wisconsin: untapped potential for pig farms

13-07-2007 | |

The pork industry in Wisconsin, USA looks bright, which is leading pork producers to develop new areas where they can construct and operate large scale pig farms.

Pork industry analysts and economists agree Wisconsin is largely an untapped resource of available farming facilities. Wisconsin farmers have so far not been involved in large-scale pig farming to the extent of some neighbouring states. However, investors from Iowa simply see Wisconsin as an undiscovered country, where they can expand to meet the growing demand for their product.

Increase in permits
As of January of this year, Iowa’s pork industry recorded 34 consecutive months of above average profits. This has led to a substantial increase in applications for permits to run large scale pig farming facilities in that state.
From 2002 to 2004, an average of 78 permits a year for animal feeding operations were issued in Iowa. The largest percentage was pig confinements. In 2005, the total was 203; and last year, 318, more than eight times the number in 2000 — 38. The vast majority of the 17 million pigs raised in Iowa are raised in confinement operations.

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