The Compensation and HR Practices Survey for the swine industry was conducted for the National Pork Board by during the fall of 2011. Two customized surveys were completed by a total of 214 producers, ranging from large to mid-sized operations.

For the purpose of this survey, the ‘large operations’ audience represents farms with 25,000 or more sows in production. The second audience, ‘mid-size operations,’ represents producers of a significant size that employ full-time employees other than family members. Mid-size operations are defined as those operations with less than 25,000 sows in production or over 1,000 head finishing. Survey respondents represent 46% of U.S. pork production. Topics covered included compensation, benefits, HR management, recruiting, part-time staff and safety. Information was collected for all positions on farms as well as positions in production support.