Hog production shows slight uptick in September

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — As of Sept. 1, there were 73.8 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, down 1 percent from same time last year but up 2 percent from June 1.

That’s according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Other key findings in the report were:

● Of the 73.8 million hogs and pigs, 67.6 million were market hogs, while 6.15 million were kept for breeding.

● Between June 2022 and August 2022, 33.6 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms, down 1% from the same time period one year earlier.

● From June 2022 through August 2022, U.S. hog and pig producers weaned an average of 11.13 pigs per litter.

● U.S. hog producers intend to have 2.97 million sows farrow between September 2022 and November 2022, and 2.90 million sows farrow between December 2022 and February 2023.

● Iowa hog producers accounted for the largest inventory among the states, at 23.4 million head. Minnesota had the second largest inventory at 8.80 million head. North Carolina was third with 8.30 million head.

To obtain an accurate measurement of the U.S. swine industry, NASS surveyed roughly 4,700 operators across the nation during the first half of September. The data collected were received by electronic data recording, mail, telephone and through face-to-face interviews.