While we’re all aware of the concentration of nursery, grow-finish and wean-finish production facilities in Iowa (31.2% of the June 1, 2016 kept for market inventory was in Iowa), have you thought about the concentration of slaughter plants?

In a conversation yesterday with a packer representative we got into a discussion of the new slaughter plants and where are the pigs and plants the most concentrated. He made the comment that the epicenter of concentration was to the northwest of Fort Dodge, Iowa.

I was interested in his comment so I sat down this morning with a map of Iowa and started drawing 125 mile arcs around all of the slaughter plants that Steve Meyer lists in his 2016 estimate of US slaughter capacity. Why 125 miles (201 km) – this is only a 2.5-3 hr transport distance so readily accessible by a variety of delivery vehicles transporting market animals.

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