First-quarter U.S. imports of live swine from Canada, at 1.3 million head, were almost 8 percent lower than in the same period last year. Lower imports are consistent with the lower January 1, 2013, Canadian swine inventories— reported in United States and Canadian Hogs, last published by USDA\NASS on March 6, 2013 —and negative U.S. producer returns from finishing animals so far in 2013, reported by Iowa State University.

USDA lowered its 2013 forecast for live imported swine based on expectations of continued reductions in Canadian swine inventories. The United States is expected to import 5.4 million head in 2013—down 4 percent from 2012. U.S. imports of live swine are expected to be about the same magnitude in 2014.