Kentucky's Pork Industry

  • Kentucky ranks 18th in the nation for total swine production, with more than 1,000 swine operations across the commonwealth. 

  • The value of swine production was 2% of total cash receipts for Kentucky agriculture at $112 million in 2017. 

  • In 2017, Kentucky had approximately 410,000 total head of swine. Of those, 45,000 were breeding animals, and 365,000 were market hogs and pigs.    

  • Most of Kentucky’s hogs are raised in western Kentucky, which is near production of their primary food source of corn and soybeans.

  • Learn more about pork in Kentucky

    Source: National Agriculture Statistics Service and Economic Research Commission

Source: National Agriculture Statistics Service and Economic Research Commission


Brayden Lancaster was the exhibitor of the Grand Champion Market Hog at the 2018 Kentucky State Fair Junior Market Hog Show. Lancaster, 12, is a member of the Meade County 4-H and has been showing pigs for 7 years. His 274 pound crossbred barrow was bred by Logan Farnham. For Lancaster, the best part of showing pigs is learning new things and making friends.

Meet the O’Bryan Family, who raised pork in Daviess County.

Meet the Ragland Family of LaRue County. They are now raising the 10th generation of hog producers.

Farmers pledge to uphold a core set of ethical principles to raise the best pork ever.

Take a Virtual Field Trip to Learn about Pigs and Sausage Production in Kentucky

Kentucky Farms Feed Me makes two stops in this virtual field trip. First we visit the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville to talk with Kentucky high school student Renee about caring for and raising pigs. She also shares her experiences with showing pigs and where different cuts of meat come from.