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Contract hog production has been a growing portion of the pork industry especially during the past few decades. Production contracting involves an agreement between at least two parties. The agreement specifies the division of resources-which will be used in hog production. They can vary by type of production, by type of contract, and responsibilities of each- contract party. Contractors, who are usually owners -of the hogs, generally provide the feeder pigs or breeding stock along with the feed necessary for production. Growers, those, working in the production of .animals, typically provide the facilities and labor and^ are compensated for their time and resources involved. Expenses -such as veterinary costs or utilities can be paid by the grower, owner, pr shared as contracts vary. Growers are usually compensated on a per head or per pound of gain basis,-.though other types of agreements do exist.

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This report is published in Wind-Norton, L., and J. Kliebenstein. "‘Motivations, attitudes, and expectations of growers, contractors, and independent hog producers in Iowa." Department of Economics Staff Paper 255 (1994).