GRAPHIC: Large family farms produced most beef, hogs, and dairy in 2020
A new review of USDA data from Investigate Midwest shows that the vast majority of farms in the U.S. are not producing most of our meat and dairy.
Large family farms — ones bringing in more than $1 million a year — produce most of the cattle and hogs in the country, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data.
A majority of farms in the U.S. are considered small, or having an annual income less than $250,000. But the large-sized farms tend to produce much more.
With beef, the large-scale family farms are more likely to operate feed lots, which concentrate a large number of animals into a relatively small space, according to the USDA.
But it’s a different story for poultry.
About half of the country’s poultry output comes from small family farms. These farms typically contract with large chicken processing companies to raise birds to maturity.
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