United States’ inventory of all hogs and pigs as of Sept. 1, 2007 was reported at 64.6 million head. This was up 3 percent from both Sept. 1, 2006 and June 1, 2007.

Breeding inventory, at 6.14 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 58.5 million head, was up 3 percent from both last year and last quarter.

The June-August 2007 pig crop, at 27.5 million head, was up 4 percent from each of the last two years. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.99 million head, up 3 percent from 2006 and up 2 percent from 2005. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was 9.19 for the June-August 2007 period, compared to 9.11 last year.

U.S. hog producers intend to have 2.96 million sows farrow during the Sept.-Nov. 2007 quarter, up 1 percent from the actual farrowings in 2006, and up 2 percent from 2005. Intended farrowings for Dec. 2007–Feb, 2008, at 2.94 million sows, are up 1 percent from 2007, and up 4 percent from 2006.

 

Hogs and Pigs: Inventory Sept. 1, 2007
  2006 2007 2007 as % of 2006
 
(Million Head)
Sept. 1 Inventory      
All Hogs and Pigs 62.9 64.6 103%
Kept for Breeding 6.08 6.15  101%
Market 56.8 58.5 101%
       
Market Hogs and Pigs  

by Weight Groups
     
Under 60 Pounds 20.70      21.32 103%
60-119 Pounds 14.23  14.61 103%
120-179 Pounds  11.69 12.01 103%
180 Pounds and Over   10.21  10.56 103%



Farrowings and Farrowing Intentions
  2006 2007 2007 as % of 2006
 
(Million Head)
Sows Farrowing      
June-August 2.91 2.98 103%
September-November 2.95 2.96 101%

Source: USDA