Report US hog inventory up 2%

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
As of March 1, there were 74.3 mill. hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 2% from March 2018, but down slightly from December 1, 2018.
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As of March 1, there were 74.3 mill. hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 2% from March 2018, but down slightly from December 1, 2018.

As of March 1, there were 74.3 mill. hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 2% from March 2018, but down slightly from December 1, 2018, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published by the US Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Of the 74.3 mill. hogs and pigs, 67.9 mill. were market hogs, while 6.35 mill. were kept for breeding. Between December 2018 and February 2019, 33 mill. pigs were weaned on US farms, up 3 % from the same time period one year earlier. From December 2018 through February 2019, US hog and pig producers weaned an average of 10.70 pigs per litter. US hog producers intend to have 3.12 mill. sows farrow between March and May 2019, and 3.19 mill. sows farrow between June and August 2019.

Iowa hog producers accounted for the largest inventory among the states, at 23.5 mill. head. North Carolina and Minnesota had the second and third largest inventories with 8.90 mill. and 8.70 mill. head, respectively.

To obtain an accurate measurement of the US swine industry, NASS surveyed over 5,100 operators across the nation during the first half of March. The data collected were received by electronic data recording, mail, telephone and through face-to-face interviews. All surveyed producers were asked to report their hog and pig inventories as of March 1, 2019.

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