Organic Pork

Revised December, 2018


Overview

In December 2016, the United States had 14,707 hogs and pigs certified organic on 151 farms. Wisconsin was number one in organic hog inventory with 6,349. Wisconsin's 20 organic hog farms had sales of $2.6 million. New York had the most organic hog farms with 24 and sales of $627,058. Organic Pork

Marketing

Processing/Manufacturing

Production

  • Comparison of Pig Flow and Labor Needs in Two Organic Pork Production Systems, Iowa State University, 2001 - This research report evaluates pig flow and labor needs for two organic pork production systems. One system is a seasonal organic pork production system, while the other system is a continuous organic pork production system.
  • Cost of Organic Pork Production, Iowa State University, 2003 - One issue that frequently surfaces in the organic pork production industry is the relatively limited information on production costs. The objective of this report is to determine the cost of organic pork production. This report addresses the issue by examining the increase of costs involved in expanding a seasonal (summer-only farrowing) organic pork production system to continuous production of organic hogs.
  • Organic Pork Standards Fact Sheet, National Pork Board - This fact sheet explains what the organic standards mean to pork producers.
  • Organic Pork and Food Safety, ARS, USDA, 2011
  • Raising Organic Pigs: A Guide to USDA Certified Organic Requirements, ATTRA, National Sustainable Ag Information Service, 2011 - This publication addresses the four general topics related to organic certification for pigs: source of animals, feed, healthcare and living conditions.