July Pig Crop Down 3 Percent in Last Monthly Report Sows farrowing during this period totaled 943,000
head, 3 percent below last year. The average pigs per litter for July
increased to 8.90, compared to 8.89 last year.

The U.S. inventory of sows and gilts on Aug. 1, 2003, was 5.75 million head, down 3 percent from Aug. 1, 2002.

U.S. sows and gilts bred during July totaled 1.12 million head, down 2
percent from the previous year.

This is the last "Monthly Hogs and Pigs"report. NASS thanks the hog and
pig producers and industry for their assistance in the publication of
swine data. The next "Quarterly Hogs and Pigs" report will be released
at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 26, 2003.

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 : 978 938 8.80 8.85 8,608 8,301
Apr : 983 942 8.85 8.88 8,700 8,365
May : 982 941 8.81 8.91 8,651 8,387
Jun : 960 926 8.89 8.91 8,537 8,250
Jul : 968 943 8.89 8.90 8,609 8,393
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 1,135 96
Apr : 5,980 5,765 96 1,173 1,145 98
May : 5,985 5,770 96 1,170 1,140 97
Jun : 6,030 5,815 96 1,168 1,135 97
Jul : 5,975 5,760 96 1,145 1,120 98
Aug : 5,940 5,750 97 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