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USDA cuts breeding inventory, raises pigs per litter in Hogs and Pigs report

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An ag economist says the December Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report delivered both good and bad news for U.S. hog producers.

University of Missouri’s Scott Brown says breeding inventory dropped more than 3% from year-ago levels.  “Oklahoma, down 100,000 head,” he says.  “Iowa down 60,000; Texas down 30,000; Illinois, North Dakota, Colorado, each down 20,000 head in terms of breeding inventory.” Missouri sow numbers were unchanged from year-ago levels.

But, he tells Brownfield pigs per litter rose nearly 4% year-over-year. 

USDA cuts breeding inventory, raises pigs per litter in Hogs and Pigs report