The inventory of all hogs and pigs in the United States and Canada for December 2015 was 81.6 million head, according to the USDA’s United States and Canadian Hogs report, released on March 8.

This was up 1 percent from December 2014, and up 5 percent from December 2013.

The breeding inventory, at 7.24 million head, was up 1 percent from a year ago and up 4 percent from 2013. Market hog inventory, at 74.3 million head, was up 1 percent from 2014 and up 5 percent from 2013. The semi-annual pig crop, at 75.4 million head, was up 1 percent from 2014 and up 5 percent from 2013. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 7.11 million head, down 2 percent from last year but up 3 percent from 2013.

United States hog and pig inventory

The U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2015 was 68.3 million head. This was up 1 percent from December 1, 2014 and up slightly from September 1, 2015.

The breeding inventory, at 6.00 million head, was up 1 percent from last year and up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 62.3 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up slightly from last quarter. The pig crop, at 30.3 million head, was down 1 percent from 2014 but up 7 percent from 2013. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.88 million head, down 4 percent from 2014 but up 3 percent from 2013. 

Canadian hog and pig inventory

Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs on January 1, 2016 was reported at 13.3 million head. This was up 1 percent from January 1, 2015 and up 2 percent from January 1, 2014.

The breeding inventory, at 1.24 million head, was up 2 percent from last year and up 2 percent from 2014. Market hog inventory, at 12.0 million head, was up 1 percent from last year and up 2 percent from 2014. The semi-annual pig crop, at 14.5 million head, was up 6 percent from 2015 and up 7 percent from 2014. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 1.29 million head, up 4 percent from last year and up 4 percent from 2014.