The United States Department of Agriculture reported recently that the number of hogs on Iowa and U.S. farms is on the increase.
The latest Hogs and Pigs Survey shows the Iowa hog inventory as of Sept. 1 was 20 million head, up 2 percent from both June of this year and September 2010 when the count was 19.6 million for both reports.
The USDA report indicates the number of hogs and pigs in the U.S. was 66.6 million Sept. 1. That's 3 percent more than June 1 and 1 percent above the September 2010 number.
The June-August 2011 pig crop, at 29.1 million head, was up 1 percent from 2010. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.90 million head, down 1 percent from 2010. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd.
Breeding inventory, at 5.81 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.8 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up 3 percent from last quarter.
United States hog producers intend to have 2.87 million sows farrow during the September-November 2011 quarter, down slightly from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2010. Intended farrowings for December-February 2012, at 2.86 million sows, are up slightly from 2011, but down 1 percent from 2010.
The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with more than 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 46 percent of the total U.S. hog inventory, up from 43 percent last year.