The power of pork – 2023 Expo in York again a success with even higher attendance

YORK – Nearly 300 people attended the 2023 Nebraska Pork Expo, again held at the Holthus Convention Center in York.

The attendance continues to grow each year, organizers said, as more people were on hand than in the past.

The keynote speaker was Governor Jim Pillen, who addressed the crowd mid-morning. Being the governor certainly secured his position as keynote speaker, but his background in pork production made him the perfect guest attendee. He grew up on a farm in Platte County where he raised pigs with his father, Dale. He earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and then a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Kansas State. He returned to Nebraska and opened a small animal practice and swine consulting practice. He and his father partnered in raising 60 sows and 1,200 marked hogs on their home farm. In 2010, his two oldest children joined the business. Pillen Family Farms and DNA genetics are now a family-run business with over 1,100 team members.

The pork industry continues to be strong in this state. There are 1,230 pig farms in Nebraska with 7.8 million pigs marketed. There are 17.866 jobs in pork production here, with equates to a $1.65 million economic impact.

The expo was sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture, A FAN and the York County Development Corporation.

Many different educational sessions were held over the course of the day, including topics such as USDA programs producers should be utilizing, swine health, sow housing, the livestock risk protection program and swine research.

There were also many vendors present, with booths filling over half the convention center’s ballroom. They offered many services and products for producers, as well as information to help them have successful operations.

York continues to be the location of the state’s pork expo, thanks to its central location and accommodations.

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