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U.S. hog herd grows by 2%

U.S. hog herd grows by 2%

Between March and May, 3% more pigs were weaned in U.S. than same period last year.

There were 2% more hogs and pigs on U.S. farms on June 1 than a year earlier, according to the latest USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released June 24. The number is up 1% from March 1, 2016.

Other findings in the report include:

-Of the 68.4 million hogs and pigs, 62.4 million were market hogs, while 5.98 million were kept for breeding.

-Between March and May 2016, 30.3 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, up 3% from the same time period last year.

-From March through May 2016, U.S. hog and pig producers weaned an average of 10.48 pigs per litter.

NASS surveyed about 8,150 operators across the nation during the first half of June to gather information for the report. (Photo: Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock)

-U.S. hog producers intend to have 2.95 million sows farrow between June and August 2016, and 2.90 million sows farrow between September and November 2016.

-Iowa hog producers accounted for the largest inventory among the states, at 20.6 million head.

-North Carolina and Minnesota had the second and third largest inventories with 8.90 million and 8.00 million head, respectively.

NASS surveyed about 8,150 operators across the nation during the first half of June. Data were collected by mail, telephone and through face-to-face interviews. All surveyed producers were asked to report their hog and pig inventories as of June 1, 2016.

The Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report and all other NASS reports are available online at


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