Growth in demand for U.S. pork and hogs comes despite ongoing pressure from growth in the Canadian component to balance herd size and pork production with demand, according to agricultural economists Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.

The Canadian breeding herd increased again in the first quarter this year and was 2.1 percent larger than in the first quarter last year, marking the 32nd consecutive quarterly year-over-year increase in the Canadian breeding herd.

This has led to strong growth in Canadian pig crops, reporting that the Canadian firs-quarter pig crop was 9.013 million head- 8.2 percent larger than a year ago and the first-ever 9 million-head-plus pig crop.

By comparison, the U.S. pig crop was only 1.2 percent larger, according to Meyer and Steiner.