Canada’s hog inventories as of July 1 were 14.6 million head, up 3.9 percent from July 2001 and up from the April 1 level of 14.4 million head, according to figures released by Statistics Canada.

The average price of hogs during the second quarter were down about 29 percent from the second quarter of 2001.

Statistics Canada noted that the 2001 Census counted 14.0 million hogs, which was up 41 percent form 1981. Expansion has been most rapid in the West, but Quebec and Ontatrio are still the largest hog producing provinces.

Here are some other statistics from the latest Statistics Canada report:

July 1, 2002 inventory: 1,000 hd – Pct. Of 2001
All Hogs and pigs: 14,594.1 – 103.9
Breeding stock: 1,530.1 – 105.2
Sows & Bred gilts: 1,485.7 – 105.5
Boars, 6 months and over: 44.4 – 98.9
All other pigs: 13,064.0 – 103.7
Under 20 kg: 4,267.5 – 101.4
20-60 kg: 4,597.2 – 104.2
over 60 kg: 4,199.3 – 105.7

Statistics Canada