DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa pork producers held the line in the
second quarter, with all hogs and pigs in Iowa at 20.4 million head, unchanged
from a year ago and slightly up from the March 1 inventory.
The Iowa market herd stood at 19.37 million head on June 1,
about steady with the same period a year ago, and the Iowa breeding herd was at
1.03 million head, slightly up from a year ago.
Iowa pork producers had 495,000 sows farrow in the March-May
time period, and the March-May pig crop was 5.2 million head.
Iowa hog farmers intend to have 500,000 sows farrow in the
June-August timeframe, and they intend to have 495,000 head farrow in the