Costs, Returns, Production and Financial Efficiency of Niche Pork Production in 2006

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2007-10-22
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Kliebenstein, James
Stender, David
Mabry, John
Huber, Gary
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Iowa Pork Industry Center
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This report provides a summary of the costs, returns, and production and financial performance for participating niche pork producer s for the year 2006. There were 41 niche pork farrow-to-finish producers who completed records fo r 2006. Five of these were certified organic producers, four were purebred Berkshire producers, and 32 were ‘natural’ producers, meaning their pigs were raised without antibiotics using bedded pens with outdoor access. An initial evaluation of the data showed th at the average production efficien cies were similar between the organic, purebred Berkshire and other operations . Thus, all are combined for this analysis.

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