The United States and Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs for June 2014 was 75.1 million head, a 4 percent decline from June 2013 and a 5 percent drop from June 2012. The aggregate change was figured with a 5 percent drop in the U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs, and a 1 percent increase in the Canadian inventory.

The estimates were released in the United States and Canadian Hogs report, a joint effort between the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Statistics Canada.

Canadian hog and pig numbers up but pig crop down

A total of 12.9 million head of hogs and pigs were reported in Canada as of July 1, a 1 percent increase from the same date in 2013 and a 2 percent increase from July 1, 2012. The breeding inventory, at 1.22 million head, was up 1 percent from 2013 and up 2 percent from 2012. The market hog inventory, at 11.7 million head, was up 1 percent from 2013 and up 3 percent from 2012.


Despite those inventory increases, the semi-annual pig crop was down 3 percent year-over-year, at 11.7 million head. That reflected a 5 percent drop when compared to the crop of the six-month period in 2012. The number of sows farrowing during this time period was also down at 1.26 million head, a 2 percent annual drop and a 3 percent drop from 2012.

U.S. hog and pig numbers down across the board

The June inventory of all U.S. hogs and pigs was 62.1 million head, a 5 percent drop from the same period in 2013 and a 1 percent drop from the number of hogs and pigs on March 1. The breeding inventory was down slightly from the previous year, although it has recovered slightly since March.

The U.S. market hog inventory, at 56.3 million head, was down 5 percent on a year-over-year basis, and also down 1 percent from the previous quarter.

The U.S. pig crop, at 27.4 million head, is down 5 percent from 2013 and down 8 percent from 2012. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.8 million head, down slightly from 2013 and down 5 percent from 2012.