U.S. Hog Inventory Up 1 Percent
USAgNet - 09/25/2020
United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1 was 79.1 million head. This was up 1 percent from 2019, but down 1 percent from June 2020.
Breeding inventory, at 6.33 million head, was down 2 percent from last year, but up slightly from the previous quarter.
Market hog inventory, at 72.8 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, but down 1 percent from last quarter.
The June-August 2020 pig crop, at 35.1 million head, was down 3 percent from 2019. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.18 million head, down 3 percent from 2019. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was 11.04 for the June-August period, compared to 11.11 last year.
United States hog producers intend to have 3.12 million sows farrow during the September-November 2020 quarter, down 5 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period one year earlier, and down 3 percent from the same period two years earlier. Intended farrowings for December 2020-February 2021, at 3.11 million sows, are down 1 percent from the same period one year earlier, but up slightly from the same period two years earlier.
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