The June 2003 U.S. pig crop at 8.25 million head, was 3 percent below the previous year.  Sows farrowing during this period totaled 926,000 head, 4 percent below last year.  The average pigs per litter for June increased to 8.91, compared to 8.89 last year.

The U.S. inventory of sows and gilts on July 1, 2003, was 5.76 million head, down 4 percent from July 1, 2002.

U.S. sows and gilts bred during June totaled 1.14 million head, down 3 percent from the previous year.

     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                   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       1,135        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
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.
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