June 30, 2020


US hog sector grows by 5%



As of June 1, 2020, US farms gathered 79.6 million hogs and pigs, 5% higher from June last year, Hoosier Ag Today reported.


That is also 3% higher than March first of this year. The Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report came out last week from USDA's National Ag Statistics Service.


Out of the total of 79.6 million hogs, 73.3 million are market hogs, while 6.3 million will be kept for breeding.


Between March and May of this year, US farms weaned 34.9 million pigs, up 1% from the same time a year ago. Also, from March to May 2020, US hog and pig farmers weaned an average of 11 pigs per litter.


US hog producers intend to have 3.12 million sows farrow between June and August of 2020, and 3.09 million sows will farrow between September and November.


The largest herd inventory is located in Iowa, where the total number is 25.2 million heads. Minnesota was second at 9.6 million heads and North Carolina was third with 9.4 million heads of hogs and pigs. Indiana was fifth with 4.5 million heads.