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Published May 26, 2008, 12:00 AM

Hog factory being built in S.D.

Work is under way on a gigantic Campbell County hog farm complex, in north central South Dakota. Hundreds of yards of cement are expected to be poured in the next three weeks for the multi-site, $16 million to $18 million swine-breeding operations.

MOUND CITY, S.D. (AP) — Work is under way on a gigantic Campbell County hog farm complex, in north central South Dakota.

Hundreds of yards of cement are expected to be poured in the next three weeks for the multi-site, $16 million to $18 million swine-breeding operations.

“It’s coming along well,” said project superintendent Ron Clausen.

Two rectangular pits larger than football fields are dug at the site where PIC USA will house its boars. The concrete pits will store wastewater.

The boars will breed about 3,000 sows to produce about 60,000 piglets annually. The pigs will be marketed worldwide as breeding stock.

PIC is a major enterprise. Its Web site reports that in the U.S. alone more than 2,000 family farms, cooperatives, contracted and integrated pork systems are PIC customers. That includes 23 of the largest 30 U.S. pork producers. Outside the U.S., PIC has 17 offices in Europe, 13 in Central America and South America, seven in Asia and one in South Africa.

The entire, five-site development in the county is expected to be finished in mid- to late February, depending on weather, Clausen said.

PIC hopes to be fully operational at its Herreid facilities by December 2009. The company’s Kentucky operation, which can handle only 1,500 sows, will relocate to the Herreid site.

The Herreid business is expected to have a payroll of about $2 million for 44 full-time and 10 part-time employees.

The company was founded in the United Kingdom in 1962 and developed its own lines of breeding stock in the 1960s. Today, PIC genetics influence 90 million pigs per year in more than 30 nations, according to company literature.

PIC says it does not genetically modify its livestock. It is not a farrow-to-finish operation that sells market hogs for slaughter.

On the Net: www.pic.com.

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