For 2015, the production forecast is raised. USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report estimated that the decline in thirdquarter pigs per litter was less than during the first half of the year. With higher indicated farrowing intentions for the last quarter of 2014 and into 2015, and slightly more rapid forecast recovery in pigs per liter, it is expected that a greater number of hogs will be available for slaughter during 2015. Increased pork production will also be supported by higher carcass weights.
According to last monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE), the U.S. Department of Agriculture raised the commercial pork production forecast for 2015 to 23.9 billion pounds, for the first time exceeds beef output in 62 years.
Friday October 10, 2014/ WASDE - USDA/ USA.