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Slim reduction in United States, Canada hog inventory

Market hog inventory, at 78.781 million head, was slightly down from last year’s 78.089 million head, but a notable 2% decrease from 2021’s 80.018 million head.

Ann Hess

August 31, 2023

2 Min Read
National Pork Board

The United States/Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs for June 2023, is down slightly from last year, according to the latest two-country report published Wednesday by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service and Statistics Canada. Total inventory came in at 86.169 million head, slightly below last year’s 86.224 million head, but a 2% drop from June 2021’s 87.508 million head.

Of the 86.2 million hogs and pigs, 7.389 million head were kept for breeding. The June 2023 figure was marginally lower than last year’s 7.455 million head and 1 % below 7.49 million head in 2021.

Market hog inventory, at 78.781 million head, was slightly down from last year’s 78.089 million head, but a notable 2% decrease from 2021’s 80.018 million head.

For the under-50-pounds weight category: 26.058 million head (down 0.2%); 50-to-119 pounds group: 21.17 million head (down 0.2%); 120-to-179-pounds group: 16.262 million head (down 0.2%); and for the 180-and-over group: 15.291 million head (down .02%).

The semi-annual pig crop, at 80.0 million head, was up 1% from last year but down 1% from 2021.

Sows farrowing during this period totaled 7.06 million head, a 1% decrease from last year and a 2% dip from 2021.

The U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1 was 72.394 million head, up slightly from June 1, 2022 but down 1% from the previous quarter. Of the 72.4 million hogs and pigs, 6.15 million head were kept for breeding. Breeding inventory was down 0.4% from last year, but up 1% from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory came in at 66.2 million head, up 0.2% from last year, but down 1% from March 2023.

The March-May 2023 pig crop, at 32.9 million head, was up 1% from 2022. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.90 million head, down 2% from 2022. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 48% of the breeding herd.

The Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs on July 1, 2023 was 13.8 million head, a 1% decrease from last year and a 4% drop from 2021. Market hog inventory, at 12.5 million head, was also down 1% from last year and 4% from 2021, while the breeding inventory, at 1.24 million head, was down slightly from last year and down 2% from the year prior to that.

The semi-annual pig crop, at 15.0 million head, was up 1% from 2022, but down 2% from 2021. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 1.25 million head, up 1% from last year, but down 2% from 2021.

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Ann Hess

Content Director, National Hog Farmer

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