The April 2003 U.S. pig crop at 8.38 million head, was 4 percent below April 2002.  Sows farrowing during this period totaled 944 thousand head, 4 percent below last year.  The average pigs per litter for April increased to 8.88, compared to 8.85 last April.

The U.S. inventory of sows and gilts on May 1, 2003, was 5.80 million head, down 3 percent from May 1, 2002.

U.S. sows and gilts bred during April totaled 1.15 million head, down 2 percent from April 2002.

       Monthly Farrowings:  Number of Sows, Pigs per Litter, and Pig Crop,
                 United States December-November 2002-2003 1/ 2/
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        :    Sows Farrowing     :    Pigs per Litter    :       Pig Crop
  Month :-----------------------------------------------------------------------
        :   2002    :   2003    :   2002    :   2003    :   2002    :   2003
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        :  --- 1,000 Head --        ---- Number ----       --- 1,000 Head ---
        :
Dec 1/  :     923        908        8.66        8.75         7,994      7,943
Jan     :     946        931        8.73        8.82         8,257      8,211
Feb     :     967        928        8.83        8.86         8,543      8,220
Mar     :     978        940        8.80        8.85         8,608      8,319
Apr     :     983        944        8.85        8.88         8,700      8,382
May     :     982                   8.81                     8,651
Jun     :     960                   8.89                     8,537
Jul     :     968                   8.89                     8,609
Aug     :     959                   8.92                     8,554
Sep     :     951                   8.85                     8,416
Oct     :     940                   8.83                     8,300
Nov     :     926                   8.83                     8,176
        :
Total   :  11,483                   8.83                   101,344
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1/  December preceding year.
2/  Monthly values may not add to quarterly or annual totals due to
    rounding.
 
 
 
 
               Monthly Sows and Gilts:  Inventory and Number Bred,
                  United States December-November 2002-2003 1/
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        :      Inventory 1st of Month       :         Bred during Month
        :-----------------------------------:-----------------------------------
        :           :         2003          :           :         2003
  Month :           :-----------------------:           :-----------------------
        :   2002    :           :  as % of  :   2002    :           :  as % of
        :           :  Number   :   2002    :           :  Number   :   2002
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        :   --- 1,000 Head --      Percent      --- 1,000 Head --      Percent
        :
Dec 1/  :   6,031       5,850        97         1,194       1,165        98
Jan     :   6,022       5,835        97         1,190       1,150        97
Feb     :   6,020       5,810        97         1,156       1,125        97
Mar     :   6,075       5,830        96         1,181       1,145        97
Apr     :   5,980       5,795        97         1,173       1,150        98
May     :   5,985       5,800        97         1,170
Jun     :   6,030                               1,168
Jul     :   5,975                               1,145
Aug     :   5,940                               1,120
Sep     :   5,890                               1,145
Oct     :   5,870                               1,160
Nov     :   5,860                               1,170
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1/  December preceding year.

Source: USDA