The quarterly Hogs and Pigs report released on Friday showed a modest increase in hog numbers compared to a year ago. As of March 1, the breeding herd was estimated at 6.025 million head, up 1.4% from March 1, 2005. The market hog inventory was up 0.6% year over year, less than traders had expected. The number of hogs in the 120 to 180 pound category was actually a little smaller than the March 1, 2005 inventory. Farrowing intentions were also generally supportive. Even though we have 1.4% more breeding hogs on farms, the March-May intentions are up only 0.5% and the June-August farrowings are a mere 0.2% higher. Weak prices over the last few months have had a negative impact on any hog herd expansion plans.