The March 2003 U.S. pig crop at 8.32 million head, was 3 percent below March 2002.  Sows farrowing during this period totaled 940 thousand head, 4 percent below last year.  The average pigs per litter for March increased to 8.85, compared to 8.80 last year.

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

U.S. sows and gilts bred during March totaled 1.15 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        940            8.80        8.85         8,608      8,319
Apr     :     983                       8.85                     8,700
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
May     :   5,985                                          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