Contract pork production is receiving increased attention. In a Pork '89'article. Rhodes estimated that "at most, a little less than 10 percent of the hogs in the United States are produced under contract."' This level is now likely 12-14 percent of all hogs.' *A Pork '90 article described the typical contract producer as one about 40 years of age and has produced hogs'for about 12 years. The contractor was generally happy with the contract program and had &iished pigs for the current contractor for over 2 years.
Kliebenstein, James and Hillburn, Chris, "Comparing Pork Production Contracts" (1991). Economic Staff Paper Series. 231.