U.S. hog inventory up slightly

NAFB News Service

As of March 1, U.S. farms had 72.9 million hogs and pigs. That number is up slightly from March 2022 but down two percent from December 1, 2022.

The Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service shows that of the 72.9 million hogs and pigs, 66.7 million were market hogs, while 6.13 million were kept for breeding.

Between December 2022 and February, 32.1 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, up slightly from the same period one year earlier.

From December through February, producers weaned an average of 11 pigs per litter.

Producers intend to have 2.93 million sows farrow between March and May 2023, and 2.97 million sows farrow between June and August 2023.

Iowa hog producers had the largest inventory at 23.4 million head. Minnesota had the second-largest herd at 8.9 million head. North Carolina was third in the country at eight million head.

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