Pig numbers still up in US


By Simon King, Pig World (UK)

January 8, 2020


Pig numbers on December 1 were 3% higher than a year earlier at 77.3 million head, according to latest figures from the USDA.


This was in line with growth in the number of pigs raised for slaughter. The increase in the number of breeding pigs was slightly smaller, at 2%.


Compared with the previous quarter, the overall number of pigs was down slightly but the breeding herd was up.


Given that pig supplies challenged US slaughter capacity last year, limiting farmgate pig prices and profitability, a further increase in the breeding herd will put more pressure on the supply chain.


Pork in cold storage has also been at a record high as production outpaces demand, despite increasing sales to China.


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