Niche pork production is an option for smaller pork producer that are looking for a premium price for their market hogs. Check out these virtual tours of different niche pork operations around the state.
Hoops or hoop structures are being used for growing and finishing swine. The hoop is an arched facility with wooden sidewalls and a tarp stretched over a tubular steel frame. Most hoops have dirt floors, except for concrete slabs used for feeding and watering. The floor is covered with straw, corn stalks, or other suitable material.
Hoop structures reverse the trend towards capital intensive production of pork. They are relatively low investment but require more labor than traditional production systems.