Producer networking was a hot trend during the 1990s. Estimates had 10 percent to 14 percent of medium-sized producers 1,000 to 49,999 hogs annually) involved in some type of network. Those numbers have stabilized and declined for 2000 (Table 14), but the relative ranking is generally the same.

Not surprisingly, hog marketing networks are the most popular as market access continues to be a concern of medium-sized producers. Networks involving information sharing and those that produce feeder or weaned pigs are the next most common.
For most networking categories there is little relationship to operation size (Tables 15 and 16). The exception perhaps is in information sharing, genetic access and pig production, where producers in the 10,000-to-49,999 category are more involved than producers running smaller operations.