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USDA Hogs and Pigs Report Flash *AUDIO* | KTIC Radio

USDA Hogs and Pigs Report Flash *AUDIO*

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2019, was 74.3 million head. This was up 2% from March 1, 2018, but down slightly from Dec. 1, 2018, USDA reported on Thursday.

Breeding inventory, at 6.35 million head, was up 2% from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter.

Listen to Darrell Holaday, Country Futures, break down the report:

Market hog inventory, at 67.9 million head, was up 2% from last year, but down slightly from last quarter.

The December-February 2019 pig crop, at 33.0 million head, was up 3% from 2018. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.08 million head, up 2% from 2018. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49% of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high of 10.70 for the December-February period, compared to 10.58 last year.

“Even though March 1 hog inventory was up from a year ago, total hog numbers slipped slightly from December levels,” said DTN Analyst Rick Kment. “Overall, hogs kept for breeding and marketing increased 2%, focusing on steady growth in all segments of production. This increase in itself is not likely to be a significant market mover, but the extreme volatility already in the complex could cause moderate-to-strong price pressure based on the emotional nature of the market. This could potentially lead to further drops in prices at the end of the month.”

To view the full Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, visit…

2019 2018

2019 as


of 2018

(1,000 head) (1,000 head) (percent)
All Hogs March 1 74,296 72,748 102
Kept for Breeding 6,349 6,210 102
Kept for Marketing 67,948 66,538 102
Under 50 lbs. 21,456 20,942 102
50-119 lbs. 18,639 18,212 102
120-179 lbs. 15,268 14,996 102
180 lbs. and over 12,585 12,387 102
Dec-Feb 3,084 3,034 102
Mar-May* 3,119 3,100 101
Jun-Aug* 3,191 3,200 100
Winter Pig Crop 32,999 32,101 103
(number) (number) (percent)
Dec-Feb Pigs per Litter 10.70 10.58 101
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