Market hogs-at 8.6 million-were down two percent from last year's December figure. Breeding stock at one million head remained the same.
Though the pig crop for the period was the same as last year's figure for the period, producer intentions indication that two percent fewer pigs will be farrowed during the March to May 2003.
Nationally, the hog and pig inventory was down one percent from the December 2001 figure. Breeding inventory, at 6.01 million head, was down three percent below last year and one percent below last quarter.
North Carolina ranks second in the nation in the number of hogs and pigs, well behind Iowa's 15.3 million head. Minnesota is third with 5.9 million head.