Canadian pork producers had 7.1 percent fewer pigs on farm on Oct. 1 than a year earlier, and the breeding herd was down 4.4 percent, according to a quarterly report from Statistics Canada. Over the quarter, the number of pigs exported from Canada dropped by more than 27 percent compared to the same period in 2008.

As of Oct. 1, Canadian pork producers had an estimated 11.8 million hogs on their farms, down from 12.7 million on the same date last year. The number of sows reported on farms reached 1.3 million, down 4.4 percent from year earlier levels.

Canada’s pork producers exported about 1.6 million hogs during the third quarter of 2009, 27.2 percent fewer than during same period last year.

Hog inventories on Canadian farms declined 7.3 percent between the third quarter of 2008 and the third quarter of 2009. The main factors in the decline were low market prices, the restructuring of farms and farm closures.

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