Hog producers reported 13.2 million hogs, up 1.1% from July 1, 2014, while the number of sheep fell 2.1% to 1.1 million head.
As of July 1, there were 6 995 hog farms in Canada, down 0.4% from the same date a year earlier. These farms reported 1.2 million sows and gilts, up 0.8% from July 1, 2014.
Canada exported 2.8 million hogs in the first half of 2015, up 17.8% from the same period in 2014. There was strong demand for hogs in the United States as slaughter was 7% higher in the first six months of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014. According to the most recent US data, hog inventories increased 9% from June 1, 2014.
Hog slaughter also increased in Canada in the first six months of 2015, up 2.9% from the same period in 2014 to 10.5 million head.
The January-to-June 2015 pig crop was 14.1 million head, up 4.5% from the same period in 2014.
Thursday August 20, 2015/ Statistics Canada/ Canada.