According to the USDA's latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry report, although hog prices are forecast higher in 2013, a relatively strong Canadian dollar and a Canadian hog industry that is expected to contract because it is facing similar feed constraints to those in the United States will put downward pressure on U.S. live hog imports in 2013.

Forecasts of annual U.S. live hog imports were revised downward to 5.53 million head in 2013, 3 percent lower than expected in 2012.