As of March 1, there were 71.0 million hogs and pigs on U.S. farms, up 4 percent from March 2016, but down 1 percent from December 1, 2016, according to the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report published March 30 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
Other key findings in the report were:
To obtain an accurate measurement of the U.S. swine industry, NASS surveyed over 7,500 operators across the nation during the first half of March. Data were collected by mail, telephone and through face-to-face interviews. All surveyed producers were asked to report their hog and pig inventories as of March 1, 2017.
Since 1972, NASDA has been a partner with NASS in providing timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S. agriculture. Under our NASS-NASDA cooperative agreement, NASDA employs more than 3,000 enumerators across the country who collect agricultural data on behalf of NASS.
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