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AUDIO: Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report

AUDIO: Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2020 was 77.6 million head. This was up 4% from March 1, 2019, but down 1 percent from December 1, 2019.

Breeding inventory, at 6.38 million head, was up slightly from last year, but down 1 percent from the previous quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 71.3 million head, was up 4 percent from last year, but down 1 percent from last quarter.

The December 2019-February 2020 pig crop, at 34.7 million head, was up 5 percent from last year. Sows farrowing during this period totaled head, up 2 percent from previous year. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high of 11.00 for the December 2019-February 2020 period, compared to 10.70 last year.

United States hog producers intend to have 3.12 million sows farrow during the March-May 2020 quarter, down slightly from the actual farrowings during the same period one year earlier, but up 2 percent from the same period two years earlier. Intended farrowings for June-August 2020, at 3.13 million sows, are down 4 percent from the same period one year earlier, and down 1 percent from the same period two years earlier.

The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 49 percent of the total United States hog inventory, up 2 percent from the previous year.

2019 2020

2020 as

percent

of 2019

(1,000 head) (1,000 head) (percent)
All Hogs March 1 74661 77,629 104
Kept for Breeding 6,349 6,375 100
Kept for Marketing 68,313 71,254 104
WEIGHT BREAKDOWN
Under 50 lbs. 22,019 21,327 103
50-119 lbs. 19,606 19,083 103
120-179 lbs. 14,427 13,988 103
180 lbs. and over 13,059 12,147 108
FARROWINGS/INTENTIONS*
Dec-Feb 3,108 3,100 100
Mar-May * 3,185 3,200 100
Jun-Aug * 3,175 3,174 100
Dec-Feb Pig Crop 34,177 32,942 104
(number) (number) (percent)
Dec-Feb Pigs Per Litter 11.00 10.63 103
Listen here to see what Darrell Holaday, Country Futures, has to say on the quarterly hogs and pigs. Holaday see’s the expansion as more live piglets and not more sows.

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