As a pig farmer who talks to people about what I do, there are common questions I am asked about pigs. I have compiled a list of 12 frequently asked questions about pigs.
1. How many pigs are raised in the U.S. and which states produce the most pigs?
In 2013, there were over 120,000,000 pigs raised on over 73,000 pig farms. Iowa is the top pork producing state with North Carolina and Minnesota following. Here is a picture of the U.S. and where the majority of pigs are raised.
2. What is the gestation period of a sow and how many piglets does she have?
Gestation period for a sow is 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days. Sows typically average 10-14 pigs per litter.