NPA is aware of 30,000 sows that have been lost from the English sow herd over the last six months, equating to around 10% of the herd.
Overall, hog slaughter for the region in 2020 was approximately 2% higher than in 2019, according to NASS' Livestock Slaughter 2020 Summary.
Economists say strong demand, higher input costs and labor shortages contributing.
Farmers hopeful as millions of dollars directed to expanding meat processing capacity.
Iowa Butchery Innovation and Revitalization Fund provides grants for small-scale meat processing, licensed custom lockers and mobile slaughter units.
Since its inception in 2010, 235 students have embarked on the week-long educational opportunity.
With December 2021 data released by USDA, Meat Institute says packer share of consumer food dollar lower than producers.
New Swine Inspection System aims to improve food inspection process; USDA maintains final inspection accountability and authority.