Livestock Farms are Economic Engines for Illinois

Truth #3


• Illinois ranks 4th in the U.S. in pork production, producing 1.9 billion pounds of pork each year.

• In Illinois, about 23% of farms raise beef cows - 12,646 farms with a total of nearly 344,000 cattle.

• There are approximately 650 dairy farms in Illinois with 94,000 dairy cows producing nearly 2 billion pounds of milk each year.


Did you know?

  • Livestock production, along with meat and dairy processing, contributes $14.1 billion in economic activity in Illinois and is responsible for 52,124 jobs throughout rural and urban areas of the state.

  • Livestock farmers invest in Illinois’ rural communities. An estimated $68 million was planned to be invested in construction costs for new or expanding livestock farms in 2017 alone.

  • Livestock creates annual demand for Illinois’ top two commodities – corn and soybeans – consuming an estimated 112 million bushels and 36.8 million bushels, respectively.

  • Several Illinois-based companies have grown and added jobs due to livestock.
    Automated Production, Taylorville, IL, Marcoot Jersey Creamery, Greenville, IL, and Farmweld, Teutopolis, IL, are great examples.

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