USDA reports drop in hog and hog inventories

WASHINGTON — The inventory of all hogs and hogs as of June 1, 2022 was 72.5 million head, down 1% from a year ago and down slightly from March 1, 2022 according to data. from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) of the United States Department of Agriculture. .

Breeding inventory was down 1% from a year ago and 1% from the prior quarter at 6.17 million head, according to NASS.

Market hog inventories also fell 1% to 66.4 million head. Inventory decreased slightly compared to the previous quarter.

The March-May hog harvest was 32.9 million head, down 1% from 2021. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.99 million head, down 1 % compared to 2021.

The sows farrowed during this quarter represent 49% of the breeding herd. The average number of pigs saved per litter was 11.00 for the March-May period, compared to 10.95 last year.

According to NASS data, hog producers intend to farrow 3.02 million sows in the June-August quarter of 2022. This would represent a 1% drop from actual farrowings during the same period a year earlier, and a decrease of 7% compared to the same period two years earlier.

Farrowings forecast for September-November 2022 are still at 3.01 million sows, and would be down 1% compared to the same period a year earlier, and 5% compared to the same period two years before.

The total number of contract hogs owned by farms with more than 5,000 head but raised by contractors accounted for 50% of total U.S. hog inventory, up 1% from the last year.

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