The number of hogs imported from Canada during July, 488,428 head, was down 14.7 percent from a year earlier, according to Ron Plain, University of Missouri agricultural economist. This was the 28th consecutive month that swine imports were below year-earlier. Feeder pig imports were down 11.6 percent while imports of slaughter hogs were down 27.6 percent.
Last week’s hog slaughter totaled 1.917 million head, down 9.3 percent from the week before and down 6.4 percent compared to slaughter during the same week last year. Year-to-date, pork production is down 4.5 percent, reports Plain.
The average carcass weight of barrows and gilts slaughtered the week ending Aug. 28 was 196 pounds, down 1 pound from the week before and down 1 pound from a year ago. Iowa-Minnesota live weights last week averaged 266.7 pounds, down 0.7 pounds compared to a year earlier. This was the fifth consecutive week that Iowa-Minnesota weights have averaged below year-ago levels.
Source: Ron Plain, University of Missouri