AgDM April: When subtraction leads to larger pig crops

Pork producers are getting more pigs per litter. They’re also farrowing a higher percentage of their breeding herds. Those trends enable producers to add to pig crops by subtracting females from their breeding herds. But recent exceptional performance gains may not continue.

Recent litter rates have been exceptional. The year-over-year changes have been exceptional. Expect a slowing rate of increase going forward. If nothing else, we will be comparing to a high base period a year prior. This, however, does not mean litter rates will decrease.

Read more from Dr. Lee Schulz in the April Ag Decision Maker newsletter.

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