“No man should be allowed to be President who does not understand hogs.” – President Harry Truman

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A pig’s squeal can range from 110-115 decibels. Compare that to the Concorde jet, which is usually under 112 decibels.  This is why my friend Lauren tells me I should wear ear plugs in the barn.

Bacon is one of the oldest processed meats in history. The Chinese began salting pork bellies as early as 1500 BC.  Smart Chinese, I say.

Ham is the number one sandwich eaten in U.S. households.

Like humans, pigs are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and other animals.

Pork has been the fastest growing protein on restaurant and food service menus for the past 2 years.

Hogs can be used as a source of insulin, heart valves, skin for burn victims and nearly 20 different drugs and pharmaceuticals. Fancy!

Pork is the world’s most widely consumed meat. It accounts for 42 percent of consumed meat worldwide.  China is the largest consumer of pork.

Adult pigs can run at speeds of up to 11 miles an hour.  That’s…faster than I can run, for sure.

Iowa produces the most pork of any state in the U.S., with over $4 Billion in pork production.  Minnesota and North Carolina are 2nd and a close 3rd, with $1.47 and $1.46 billion.  That’s a lot of pork!

Happy Porktober!

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