Pig inventories are down 4% from a year ago
A recent report from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) noted that there were 74.2 million pigs and pigs on U.S. farms as of December 1, a 4% drop from December 2020 and 1% compared to September 1, 2021.
Five key findings in the Quarterly Pigs and Pigs report includes:
Of the 74.2 million pigs and pigs, 68 million were market pigs and 6.18 million were intended for breeding.
Between September and November 2021, 33.7 million pigs were weaned, down 4% from the same period the year before.
From September to November 2021, U.S. hog and hog producers weaned an average of 11.19 hogs per litter.
Producers plan to give birth to 2.94 million sows between December 2021 and February 2022 and 3.01 million sows between March and May 2022.
With 23.8 million head, Iowa pork producers had the largest inventory among the states. Minnesota was second with 8.9 million head, while North Carolina was third with 8 million head.
About 6,300 operators in the US pork industry were surveyed during the first half of December. Data collected by NASS was received by electronic data logging, mail and telephone.
the Quarterly Pigs and Pigs report and all other NASS reports are available online at nass.usda.gov.