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Indiana Livestock

Indiana Livestock

Enhancing Indiana’s soybean markets and increasing the value of its crop starts with knowing the needs of its customers.
Together, Indiana’s livestock including pigs, poultry, beef, dairy and are the #1 customer for the state’s soybeans.  Livestock and poultry farmers not only use the soybeans to feed their animals, but they also help support rural communities by generating tax revenue and creating jobs.
ISA also focuses on international markets, research, and regulation education when it comes to livestock.  It also works hard to make sure livestock producers have the best resources available if they choose to locate in Indiana.

Indiana Livestock Facts

Indiana Livestock

  • Soybeans in the form of soybean meal are fed as a protein source to livestock.
  • Livestock is the biggest consumer of Indiana soybeans.
  • Indiana Livestock consumed 1.18 million tons of soybeans meal in 2011.
  • 39.3 million bushels of Indiana soybeans in the form of soybean meal were fed to livestock in the state.
  • Click on the animals to learn more.
  • Hogs – 16.7 million bushels
  • Egg Layers – 10.6 million bushels
  • Turkeys – 6 million bushels
  • Dairy Cattle – 3.7 million bushels
  • Broilers – 1.7 million bushels
  • Beef Cattle – 600,000 bushels

Source: Informa Economics (2011 data)

At the state level, animal agriculture represented $7.0 billion in revenues, $1.2 billion in household income, and 32,600 jobs. In addition, it yielded an estimated $287 million in income taxes, and $208 million in property taxes

Over the past decade, the expansion of animal agriculture in Indiana has led to increases of $1.6 billion in economic output, $271 million in household wages, 7,200 jobs, and $64 million in tax revenue. Source: United Soybean Board (2011 data)


Global Livestock Facts

  • 30 million metric tons of soybean meal is consumed by the U.S. Poultry and livestock sectors.
  • 1.2 billion bushels of U.S. soybeans are needed to produce that 30 million metric tons of soybean meal.
  • 1.8 million jobs are supported by poultry and livestock in the United States.
  • 129,000 jobs were added to the U.S. economy by the poultry and livestock sectors since 2000.
  • There has been a $4 billion increased household income in the last decade due to U.S. poultry and livestock.
  • Source: United Soybean Board (2010 data)


General Livestock Facts

Indiana Livestock Research

Indiana Livestock

ISA’s livestock initiative has sponsored several research studies that have helped Indiana livestock producers continue improving their operations. 

Indiana Animal Agriculture: Regional Economic Impact Report
March 31, 2014, Agralytica Consulting

Indiana continues to be one of the bright spots for animal agriculture.  Production in the state has grown in all product categories, save for beef, over the past ten years.  The state remains an attractive place to do business for animal agriculture, with locally available feed and supportive state policies. In an annual report for the United Soybean Board on the state-level economic impacts of animal agriculture Agralytica calculated the following economic impacts in Indiana:
  • $7.3 billion in economic output
  • $1.3 billion in additional household earnings
  • 38,219 jobs; and
  • $298 million in tax receipts.

At a more localized level, most Indiana business leaders and government officials are well aware that existing animal agriculture operations make a significant economic contribution to local communities.  This study examined the impacts in the state’s nine agricultural reporting districts in 2012 and found that for several the impact on local economic activity exceeded $1 billion, resulting in thousands of additional local jobs. The full study can be found here.


Cost of Community Services Study

This study provides the first-ever look at the fiscal contribution of different land uses in 91 Indiana counties. Learn More. (September 2010)


Managing Swine Manure In Soybean Production Systems

This project proposes to evaluate the ability of soybean to be a nutrient management option for swine manure applications. Objectives are to determine:

  1. the optimal swine manure application rates for N uptake, grain N removal, and grain yield for first-crop soybean.
  2. the differences in N uptake and grain N removal between soybean and corn.
  3. the optimal swine manure application rates for N uptake, grain N removal and grain yield for double-crop soybean.

(Began summer of 2012 and follow through crop season 2013.)


Indiana Pork Facts

Indiana Livestock

Indiana Pork Facts

  • Pork is the #1 consumer of soybean meal in Indiana, consuming 500 thousand tons in 2011.
  • Indiana hogs eat 42% of all soybean meal fed to livestock in Indiana.
  • Indiana hogs eat 11% of all soybean meal produced in Indiana, which is equal to 16.7 million bushels of soybeans.
  • Indiana ranks 5th in hog production.
  • Indiana pork farmers raised 8.5 million pigs in 2011.
  • Indiana pork farmers contribute more than $3 billion each year to Indiana's economy.
  • Indiana pork farming employs more than 13,000 Hoosiers.
  • Indiana pork farmers spend more than $600 million in local, rural economies each year.
  • Indiana pigs are the leading consumer of Indiana grain - more than $300 million worth each year.
  • There are 3,000 pork producer families in Indiana.
  • Indiana pork farmers deliver the annual pork needs of every man, woman and child in 15 million more people in the U.S. plus 5 million more people around the world!

Sources: Informa Economics and Indiana Pork –2011 data

Cost of Community Services Study

Indiana Livestock


This study was meant to be an additional tool — rather than the sole reference point — for county officials, providing access to locally relevant information with respect to land-use planning. It offers the ability to weigh potential costs and benefits of how land is evaluated and allocated to assist with:

  • Developing comprehensive plans or approving changes in zoning
  • Maintaining a healthy mix of land uses in your county for people to live and work
  • Preserving and protecting lands essential to revenue generating agricultural uses

This study provides the first-ever look at the fiscal contribution of different land uses in nearly all Indiana counties (91 in total).

Key Findings

Agricultural land has an overall positive impact on Indiana communities, as agriculture pays more in revenues than the costs it imposes or the services it receives.

See more key findings in the quick reference guide.

More Information

Researcher: Larry DeBoer, Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Full Study

News release



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