According to the USDA's latest U.S. and Canadian Hogs report released Nov. 4, United States and Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs for September 2011 was 78.6 million head. This was up 1 percent from September 2010, but down slightly from September 2009. The breeding inventory, at 7.11 million head, was up 1 percent from last year and up slightly from last quarter.  Market hog inventory, at 71.5 million head, was up 1 percent from last year and up 3 percent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 36.3 million head, was up 1 percent from 2010 and up 1 percent from 2009. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 3.60 million head, down 2 percent from last year and down 3 percent from 2009.

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2011 was 66.6 million head. This was up 1 percent from September 1, 2010 but down slightly from September 1, 2009. The breeding inventory, at 5.81 million head, was up 1 percent from last year and up slightly from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.8 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up 3 percent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 29.1 million head, was up 1 percent from 2010 and up 1 percent from 2009. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.90 million head, down 1 percent from 2010 and down 2 percent from 2009.

Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs on October 1, 2011 was 12.0 million head. This was up 1 percent from October 1, 2010 and up slightly from October 1, 2009. The breeding inventory, at 1.31 million head, was up slightly from last year and up 1 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 10.7 million head, was up 1 percent from last year and last quarter. The pig crop, at 7.2 million head, was up 1 percent from 2010 but down 2 percent from 2009. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 699,000 head, down 2 percent from last year and down 5 percent from 2009.

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Source: USDA