Wyoming

CURRENT STRUCTURE AND ECONOMIC IMPORTANCE OF

The Wyoming Pork Industry

The Wyoming pork industry adds significant value to the agricultural economy and is a major contributor to the overall Wyoming economy. Although the size and structure of the Wyoming pork industry has changed over time, current levels of production continue to support jobs and generate earnings in the state economy. In 2023, the sales generated from hog marketings and pork processing supported a total economic contribution of over $22.52 million in personal income, over $46.38 million in value added, and more than 456 jobs in the Wyoming economy.

Total Economic Contribution

All direct, indirect, and induced economic activity supported by the Wyoming Pork Industry.

456

jobs supported by the pork industry

$46.38M+

value added (GDP)

$22.52M+

personal income generated

Hog Farms and Production

Wyoming Hog Inventory and Share of U.S. Hogs

There are about 96,000 hogs in Wyoming. The size of the Wyoming hog herd has varied over time but has trended downward from 108K head in 2000 to 96K head in 2023. As of December 2023, Wyoming farms accounted for 0.1% of the total U.S. hog inventory.

The number of Wyoming hog farms has decreased in recent years. From 1997 to 2012, the number of farms raising hogs decreased from 307 to 270, and by 2022 farm numbers decreased to 232.

Wyoming Farms with Hogs and Hogs per Farm
Percent of Inventory by Size of Wyoming Hog Farm, 2022

Approximately 98% of Wyoming hogs are on farms with 5,000 or more in inventory. None of Wyoming’s hogs are on farms with 2,000 to 4,999 head, and two percent are on farms with less than 2,000 head.

Hog Production Costs and Returns

In 2023, hog sales (including market hogs, sows, and feeder pigs) totaled $169.5 million. In addition to these farm-level effects, the pork industry supports other industries by purchasing inputs, supplies, and services. Based on long-run prices and aggregated production budgets for the Wyoming pork industry, producing about 536,923 market hogs in Wyoming generates over $65.09 million in feed, labor, equipment, and other production-related expenditures.

Hog Production by the Numbers

232

number of farms with hogs

536K+

hogs marketed annually

$110.25M+

cash receipts from hog sales

Estimated Share of Hog Production Costs in Wyoming

Feed is the largest single expenditure category in pork production. With over 536K market hogs produced annually, feed costs for the Wyoming industry exceed $31.84M. Other direct expenses, like energy and transportation, add over $16.83M, employee compensation totals over $7.83M, and facility-related expenses add over $8.57M.

Jobs Supported by the Wyoming Pork Industry

The direct, indirect, and induced activity generated by the Wyoming pork industry in 2023 supported a total of 456 jobs and over $22.52 million in personal income. Wyoming hog farms and pork processors directly employed 201 workers and paid over $12.46 million in total wages. This includes 107 full-time-equivalent workers at the farm level and an estimated 76 employees in the hog slaughter and processing sectors.

 

The purchases of input supplies and services in the pork industry indirectly supported 201 jobs and over $7.71 million in personal earnings for Wyoming workers. Beyond this, the induced impacts stemming from employee spending included 54 additional jobs and over $2.36 million in personal income earned. Many of these jobs were within the agriculture and manufacturing industries, as well as industries like trucking, finance, insurance, real estate, trade, and other service sectors.