U.S. and Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs for March was 76.9 million head, up 2 percent from March 2011 and up 2 percent from March 2010, according to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

The breeding inventory, at 7.13 million head, was up slightly from the same quarter in 2011 and up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 69.8 million head, was up 2 percent from the same time in 2011 but down 2 percent from the last quarter. The pig crop, at 35.9 million head, was up 3 percent from 2011 and up 3 percent from 2010. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 3.59 million head, up 1 percent from 2011 numbers but down slightly from 2010.

U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1 was 64.9 million head, up 2 percent from March 1, 2011, but down 2 percent from December 1, 2011. The breeding inventory, at 5.82 million head, was up 1 percent from the same time in 2011 and up slightly from the last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 59.1 million head, was up 2 percent from the same time in 2011 but down 2 percent from the previous quarter. The pig crop, at 28.7 million head, was up 3 percent from 2011 and up 4 percent from 2010. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.88 million head, up 1 percent from 2011 and up slightly from 2010.

Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs on April 1 was 12 million head. This was up 2 percent from April 1, 2011, and up 3 percent from April 1, 2010. The breeding inventory, at 1.31 million head, was unchanged from the same time in 2011 but down slightly from the last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 10.7 million head, was up 2 percent from the same time in 2011 and up slightly from the previous quarter. The pig crop, at 7.3 million head, was up 1 percent from 2011 and up slightly from 2010. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 709,000 head, up slightly from 2011 but down 2 percent from 2010.