Niche Production

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General Resources

 

Economics and Business Management

Business development and management

Costs and Returns

 

Example Niche Pork Operations

  • Albright Swine Farms, Coldwater, Michigan - This business sells freezer meat, roaster pigs and club pigs.
  • Berkwood Farm - This coalition of more than 50 independent family farmers is one of the largest American suppliers of 100% certified pure heirloom Berkshire pork. These hogs are raised in a healthy, humane nad environmentally friendly way.
  • Joe Huber's Family Farm & Restaurant, Starlight, Indiana - Located outside of Louisville, this farm markets homegrown products from its own farm market, gift shop and restaurant.
  • Niman Ranch - Sells meat directly to consumers, restaurants and markets, and to distributors across the country.
  • Snake River Farms, Boise, Idaho - This business sells American Kurobuta pork, which is 100% purebred Berkshire pork, along with American Wagyu and Northwest beef and other gift items.
  • Vande Rose Foods, Iowa Falls, Iowa - This niche marketing company sells Duroc pork to gourmet retailers, high-end restaurants and private clubs across the country.

 

Marketing Niche Pork

General topics and niche market alternatives

 

Niche Pork Production

General

Biosecurity

Disease and health management

Facilities, Housing and Equipment

Genetics

Nutrition

Reproduction

 

Pork Processing

Examples of niche pork processors and marketing companies (No endorsement intended or provided)

  • Heritage Foods This Missouri-based natural pork company was formed in 2001. It also has producers in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Arkansas.
  • LaQuercia Norwalk, Iowa - This produces prosciutto, a thinly sliced dry-cured ham. Other products include speck, pancetta, coppa, guanciale and lardo.
  • Nahunta Pork Center The largest all-pork retail displayer in the Eastern United States; with two locations. The meat is processed in-house.
  • Webster City Custom Meats, Inc. - This North Central Iowa meat processor buys fresh hams, bellies and loins from packers and creates smoked value-added pork products. In addition to its own private label, the company processes for other firms.

 

Pork Quality


 

Virtual Farm Tours and Short Educational Presentations

Recordings of still pictures and some video clips with audio describing individual operations, winter 2009

Specific management segments

 

Questions? Contact an IPIC specialist

David StenderDavid Stender


712-225-6196
712-261-0225
dstender@iastate.edu

 

Other ISU specialists

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