September 29,  2020


USDA: US hog inventory up 1%


The US Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has reported that there were 79.1 million hogs and pigs on US farms as of September 1, 2020, up 1% from September 2019, but down 1% from June 1, 2020, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published on September 24.

Other key findings in the report were:

- Of the 79.1 million hogs and pigs, 72.8 million were market hogs, while 6.33 million were kept for breeding;

- Between June and August 2020, 35.1 million pigs were weaned on US farms, down 3% from the same time period one year earlier;

- From June through August 2020, US hog and pig producers weaned an average of 11.04 pigs per litter;

- US hog producers intend to have 3.12 million sows farrow between September and November 2020, and 3.11 million sows farrow between December 2020 and February 2021;

- Iowa hog producers accounted for the largest inventory among the states, at 25.1 million head. North Carolina had the second largest inventory at 9.60 million head. Minnesota was third with 9.20 million head.

To obtain an accurate measurement of the US swine industry, NASS surveyed over 5,000 operators across the country during the first half of September. Surveyed producers were asked to report their hog and pig inventories as of September 1, 2020 by internet, mail or telephone.