United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2015 was 65.9 million head. This was up 7 percent from March 1, 2014, but down slightly from December 1, 2014, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Breeding inventory, at 5.98 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, and up 1 percent from the previous quarter.
Market hog inventory, at 60.0 million head, was up 8 percent from last year, but down slightly from last quarter.
The December 2014-February 2015 pig crop, at 28.8 million head, was up 9 percent from 2014. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.83 million head, up 2 percent from 2014. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 48 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.17 for the December-February period, compared to 9.53 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.90 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.20 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.
Fig. 1. Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Inventory, March 1 (Million Heads)
Friday March 27, 2015/ NASS-USDA/ United States.