For the first time since March 2013, the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported a year-over-year increase in hog inventory.
On Dec. 1, 2015, the U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs penciled at 66.05 million head, up 2% from a year ago. The breeding inventory stands at 5.969 million head, increasing 4% from December 2013. Similar, the market inventory at 60.082 million head climbed 2% from last year.
The September-November 2014 pig crop was also higher at 29.4 million head with sow farrowings totaling 2.87 million head, up 3% from 2013. The average pigs saved per litter reached an all-time high -10.23 – for the September-November time period.
Farrowing intentions for December-May 2015 is also up. U.S. hog producers intend to have 2.87 million sows farrow during December through February 2015 and 2.90 million sows farrow for March-May 2015.