The United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1 was up slightly from the same date in 2015, according to the USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, released on March 25.
The report lists a total of 67.6 million head of hogs and pigs in the U.S. inventory on March 1, down from the 67.4 million reported on the same day during 2015.
The report showed the number of hogs and pigs in the U.S. was also down when compared to the quarter ending December 1, with a decline of about 1 percent.
The inventory of market hogs for the quarter was listed at 61.66 million, which is up slightly from the 61.42 million reported for the quarter ending March 1, 2015. The number of market hogs weighing from 50 to 199 pounds was up one percent, as was the number of market hogs ranging in weight from 120 to 179 pounds.
The amount of breeding pigs in the March 1 inventory was 5.980 million, down slightly from the 5.982 million from the same period one year ago.
Inventory by state
Ohio was the state to see the biggest increase in hog and pig inventory when compared to the previous year, with a 12 percent overall increase. Pennsylvania and Illinois saw the next biggest increase, up 7 percent when compared to the same date in 2015.
Other major pig producing states seeing increased inventory numbers include Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska and North Carolina.
Texas was the state with the largest decrease in hog and pig numbers, with a decline of 8 percent. Other major pig producing states to see a drop were Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Utah.