The USDA’s Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report was released March 28 and showed an inventory of all hogs an pigs at 58.7 million head, which was 2 percent above March 2001, but 1 percent below December 2001.

The breeding inventory, at 6.24 million head was up slightly from both March 2001 and December 2001. Market hog inventory, at 52.5 million head, was 2 percent above last year, but 1 percent below December 2001.

The December 2001- February 2002 U.S. pig crop, at 24.7 million head, was 3 percent more than 2001. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.83 million head, 3 percent above last year.

The average pigs per litter was 8.73 pigs saved per litter for the December 2001- February 2002 period, compared to 8.72 pigs saved per litter last year.

Most of the numbers were near to slightly above the average of analyst expectations.