U.S. swine finishers and packers imported almost 427-thousand head of hogs in April, all of which were of Canadian origin. This volume was more than 8 percent below a year ago. Most of the decline is attributable to the reduction in the number of heavy feeder pigs—animals between 51 and 110 pounds. Segregated early-weaned pig imports—the largest category of imported swine—were also lower than a year ago, by 2 percent.

U.S. swine imports are expected to total 1.340 million head for the second quarter—7 percent below a year ago—and 5.396 million head for 2013, about 5 percent below 2012. A slightly smaller total—5.345 million head—is expected to be imported next year.

Rachel Johnson