The September 2002 U.S. pig crop at 8.37 million head, was 1 percent below the previous year.  Sows farrowing during this period totaled 943 thousand head, 2 percent below last year.  The average pigs per litter for September increased to 8.87, compared to 8.78 last year.

The U.S. inventory of sows and gilts on Oct. 1, 2002, was 5.87 million head, down 2 percent from Oct. 1, 2001.

U.S. sows and gilts bred during September totaled 1.15 million head, down 2 percent from the previous year.