Pigs saved per litter set new record for Dec.-Feb. farrowing quarter

Cheryl Day 1, Staff Editor

March 27, 2015

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Quarterly hog report confirms expansion underway

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service reported 7% more hogs in the U.S. on March 1 in comparison to a year ago.

The highly anticipated “Quarterly Hogs and Pigs” report released on Mar. 27 showed estimates were closely in line with market analysts’ pre-report estimates. 

As of March 1, there were 65.9 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, down slightly from December 1, 2014 (figure).

Quarterly hogs and pigs estimates, million head


All hogs and pigs, Mar. 1

Hogs kept for breeding

Hogs kept for marketing

Dec.-Feb. pig crop

Dec.-Feb. pigs/litter

Dec.-Feb. farrowings

Mar-May farrowing intentions

Jun.-Aug. farrowing intentions

Hogs weighing under 50 lb.

Hogs weighing 50-119 lb.

Hogs weighing 120-179 lb.

Hogs weighing 180 lb.-plus

Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture, LMIC

Breaking down the inventory total, 60 million hogs and pigs were market hogs whereas 5.98 million head were kept for breeding.  

The December 2014 through February 2015 pig crop penciled at 28.8 million head, up 9% from a year ago.  During the same period, sow farrowings stood at 2.83 million head, up 2% from 2014.  The average pigs saved per litter was record 10.17 for the Dec.-Feb. period.

Noteworthy, U.S. hog producers intend to have 2.87 million sows farrow during March through May, up 2% from the actually farrowing in the same quarter in 2014.  Intended farrowing for June-August was estimated at 2.93 million head, down 2% from 2014.

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