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Cornhusker Economics, August 11, 1999, agecon.unl.edu/cornhuskereconomics
Observers of the pork industry have had ample opportunity to explain what has transpired during the 1990's. It has been a period of dramatic and remarkable change. Concentration in production and processing has been a major part of the story. Approximately 8 percent of U.S. hog production was contributed by Mega hog farms at the beginning of the decade to over 50% by firms with 10,000 sows or more by 1999. The reasons for this remarkable growth in concentration are undoubtedly many.