USDA Report Shows Iowa Leads in Hog Inventory

In this April 30, 2002, file photo a commercial market hog stands in a pen in a hog lot near Panora, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)


By Ellen Kurt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new report shows Iowa's hog inventory continues to surpass all other states in the country.

The United States Department of Agriculture says in its latest report released Friday that the state has 20.6 million hogs and pigs on Iowa farms as of Dec. 1. That's a three percent jump from the same period last year.

The report shows Iowa leads the country in total inventory by a comfortable margin. North Carolina comes in second with 9 million hogs and pigs.

Inventory of all hogs and pigs in the United States is down. It was more than 66 million head as of Dec. 1, down slightly from the same period last year, and two percent from September of this year.

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