The July 2002 U.S. pig crop was 8.68 million head, which was 2 percent larger than the previous year.

Sows farrowing during this period totaled 980,000, also 2 percent above last year. Sows farrowing has consistently been about 2 percent ahead of 2001 levels.

The average pigs per litter for July decreased to 8.85, compared to 8.87 last year.

The U.S.inventory of sows and gilts on August 1, 2002, was 5.95 million head, slightly below August 1, 2001. U.S. sows and gilts bred during July totaled 1.16 million head, up slightly from the previous year.

Source: USDA