Livestock and poultry populations up over 2 percent YOY

There were nearly 12.0 million head of cattle on feed as of Apr. 1, up 2 percent year over year and a recent record. March’s cold, wet weather in parts of the Plains and Midwest contributed to the higher number. May-Aug numbers should decline [...]

Record high for quarterly hog and pig population

The U.S. had 73.5 million head of hogs and pigs as of Sep. 1, up 2 percent from a year ago. U.S. pork production this year is forecast to be about 5 percent higher than in 2016 to cover the expected 2 percent increase [...]