Statistics Canada and USDA released a joint pig-crop report late last week, showing that the inventory of all hogs and pigs for September 2005 in the two countries was 76.4 million head. That's up 1 percent from September 2003, and just slightly higher than in 2004.

Breeding inventories at 7.61 million head, increased less than 1 percent from a year ago, but down slightly from last quarter. Market hog inventories at 68.8 million head, again was up just slightly from 2004, and up 1 percent from last quarter.

The pig crop for the period stands at 34.3 million head, which was up 1 percent from 2003, but unchanged from 2004. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 3.75 million head, down slightly from last year. 

U.S. inventory reported on Sept. 1, break out as:

  • All hogs and pigs = 61.5 million head, up slightly from Sept. 1, 2004.
  • Breeding herd inventory = 5.97 million head, was up less than 1 percent from last year.
  • Market hog inventory = 55.6 million head, was unchanged from 2004.
  • Sows farrowed during this period = 2.90 million head, down slightly from last year.

The Canadian inventories on Oct. 1, were as follows:

  • All hogs and pigs = 14.9 million head, up 2 percent from last year.
  • Breeding herd inventory = 1.64 million head, was up 1 percent from a year ago.
  • Market hog inventory  = 13.3 million head, was up 2 percent from 2004.
  • The pig crop = 8.05 million head, was down slightly from 2004.
  • Sows farrowed during this period = 852,000 head, down 1 percent from last year.

USDA and Statistics Canada