- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the number of hogs and pigs in the state is up 7 percent from the same time last year.

The latest report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service says there were 1.4 million head on March 1, a 7 percent increase over the same time last year and a 3 percent increase over Dec. 1, 2015.

The breeding hog inventory of 190,000 is a 15 percent increase over the same time last year, while the 1.21 million market hogs are a 6 percent jump.

The December 2015 to February 2016 pig crop of 1,021,000 head was up 11 percent from 2015. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 95,000 head, up 12 percent from last year.

South Dakota hog producers intend to farrow 96,000 sows during the March-May 2016 quarter.

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