July 5, 2021
USDA: US hogs, pigs drop 2% in numbers from June 2020
As of June 1, there were 75.7 million hogs and pigs on US farms, a 2% drop from June 2020 but up 1% from March 1, 2021, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published by the United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Of the 75.7 million hogs and pigs, 69.4 million were market hogs, while 6.23 million were kept for breeding.
Between March and May 2021, 33.6 million pigs were weaned on US farms, down 3% from the same time period one year earlier.
From March through May 2021, US hog and pig producers weaned an average of 10.95 pigs per litter.
US hog producers intend to have 3.11 million sows farrow between June and August 2021, and 3.08 million sows farrow between September and November 2021.
Iowa hog producers accounted for the largest inventory among the US states, at 24.2 million head. Minnesota had the second largest inventory at 9.30 million head. North Carolina was third with 8.30 million head.