The swine industry includes operations that primarily raise hogs and pigs. Since 2007, the number of farms has shrunk by 42% and its workforce has shrunk by 15% as the market for pork products softened.
Despite its reduced size, the industry faces challenges in finding enough workers. In 2017, it was unable to fill 150 jobs, costing the industry $189 million.
These labour challenges are expected to intensify between now and 2029 as the global demand for pork products rises. To meet output targets, the industry will need to employ 7,300 workers by 2029. However, the domestic labour pool is expected to shrink during this time, which means that the number of jobs at risk of going unfilled could rise as high as 900. This would significantly impact the industry’s ability to meet the global market demand for its products.
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