What we can provide

Generate additional income and build
equity in your
farming operation.

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Partner with Cactus Family Farms and you could:

  • Earn a stable, long-term income
  • Diversify your farming operation
  • Set up the next generation for success in farming

Who is Cactus Family Farms?

Cactus Family Farms headquartered in Osceola, Iowa, is the pork division of Cactus Feeders, a 100% employee-owned company. We produce over a million fed cattle and 850,000 market hogs annually.

Our mission is to feed a hungry world -- family, friends, and neighbors.

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Cactus Family Farms is the 28th largest pork producer in the U.S.

The Cactus Difference

Diverse Ag Business

Cactus Family Farms is a strong and diverse agriculture business with a reputation for doing what’s right. We are uniquely positioned to weather the volatility and uncertainty in livestock markets, especially the hog market.

30 Years Experience

We specialize in support, offering more than 30 years’ experience, guidance, and assistance with financing, permitting, construction, environmental, legal, and public relations issues.

Employee Ownership

We provide 24/7/365 access to excellent pig production training and support. You will find a live person on the phone when you call for feed ordering, pig flow scheduling and other communication with Cactus Family Farms.

What is Contract Growing?

Contract hog growing is a way to generate additional income and build equity in your farming operation without being exposed to the ups and downs of commodity hog and grain prices. A contract wean-to-finish hog growing business can generate enough income to bring a son or daughter back to the farm. It can also provide tax benefits* that may be used in the wider farming operation.

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Building Equity

Cactus payment rates will pay off a typical barn loan in 12 to 15 years and the facilities have a proven track record of holding their value. This builds equity quickly.

Building Equity

Get Paid Monthly

Cactus Family Farms rents pig space in industry-standard hog barns, which are owned by our contract growers. Rental payments are paid monthly for the duration of the contract.

24/7 Support

We Handle Everything

We provide the pigs, feed, vaccines, transportation and 24/7/365 support to our growers. In exchange, our contract growers care for our pigs, and maintain the facilities.

Keep the Fertilizer

Cut Fertilizer Cost

Our contract growers retain the ownership of the manure from the hog barn. They use the manure on their own cropland, or sell it to other farmers.

Why Contract Grow with Cactus?

We Offer:

  • Long-term contracts
  • Steady income, every month, with or without hogs on site, protecting you from fluctuations in the hog or grain markets.
  • Our decades of experience in building design helps ensure that your facility will be marketable in the future
  • Best in industry training and support from our employee owners

How much can I earn?

Based on one 2,450 wean-to-finish barn, our partner growers can expect:

$44/pig space/year, regardless of market conditions or pigs on-site

Potential additional on-farm income -- Over $20,000 per year.* Our regular pig-space rental payments make this a lower risk income stream compared to the exposure to the livestock and grain commodity markets.

You retain ownership of the manure – approximate value $18,000 per year.*

Use it on your own farm to reduce fertilizer costs or sell it to other farmers.

Up to a 15-year contract with a stable, like-minded company committed to feeding a hungry world.

Tax benefits may be available for your farm operation*

* Cactus Family Farms makes no guarantee of dollar values or benefits described herein. Income potential dependent on financing details. Consult an agronomist for the value of manure on your land and consult your tax professional for your tax benefits.

How much does it cost to build the barn?

Cactus will help ensure you that build a high quality barn that will last for 30-40 years.

A turn-key CFF hog barn is an $860,000 plus investment. A farm family can start this business with as little as 40 acres collateral or $45,000.*

This business model is ideal for the farm operation that includes 200 to 500 farmed acres. Contact us for a confidential farm visit to help you evaluate the possibility of adding contract hog growing to your farm business, or to assess any existing hog growing facilities for a Cactus contract.

 *Cactus does not guarantee project costs, or finance approval

You have a solid partner with 30 years experience

We will answer all your questions and share the lessons we have learned over 30 years of contract hog growing. We will review the operating cashflow and the other financial benefits of the CFF contract and help you evaluate if it is a good fit for your operation

How much work goes into raising pigs?

A Cactus Family Farms care team will be on-site the first few days of the growing cycle to help you complete chores and manage the hogs.

One 2,450 head barn requires 900 to 1000 hours of labor including, daily chores, loading and unloading pigs, vaccinating pigs, barn cleaning, and building maintenance.

A Cactus Family Farms early pig care team will be on-site the first few days of the growing cycle to teach you on the basics of pig care and help set you and the pigs up for success. You will have ongoing 24/7/365 access to your wean-to-finish manager who will continue to train, answer questions and bring all of Cactus' resources to the table to help you be successful.

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Schedule a confidential farm visit with Cactus Family Farms.

Our project development team has more than 30 years of experience in the pork production industry. Together, we will work through the details of adding another income stream to your farm business.