U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, was 67.7 million head, up 6 percent from June 1, 2007, and 1 percent higher than  March 1, 2008
                                                                               
Breeding inventory, at 6.07 million head, was down 1 percent from last year, and down 1 percent from the previous quarter.  Market hog inventory, at 61.6 million head, was up 7 percent from last year, and up 1 percent from
last quarter.
                                                                               
The March/May 2008 pig crop, at 29.0 million head, was up 4 percent from 2007 and up 9 percent from 2006.  Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.09 million head, up 2 percent from 2007 and up 6 percent from 2006.  The
sows farrowed during this quarter represented 51 percent of the breeding herd.  The average pigs saved per litter was 9.38 for the March/May period, compared to 9.20 last year.  Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.70 to 9.40.
                                                                               
U.S. hog producers intend to farrow 3.07 million sows during the June/August quarter, down 2 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2007, but up 5 percent from 2006.  Intended farrowings for September/November, at 3.05 million sows, are down 4 percent from 2007 but up 3 percent from 2006.
                                                                               
The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 41 percent of the total U.S. hog inventory, up from 39 percent last year.

 

 

Hogs and Pigs:  Inventory June 1, 2008
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                                                2007     2008       2008 as % of 2007
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                                                               ----------- (Million Head) -----------       
June 1 Inventory      
  All Hogs and Pigs                     63.95      67.66              106%
  Kept for Breeding                       6.12         6.07                 99%
  Market Hogs                              57.83      61.59                107%
                       
Market Hogs and Pigs 
  by Weight Groups    
    Under 60 Pounds                   21.78      22.59              104%
    60-119 Pounds                       14.34      15.17              106%
    120-179 Pounds                    11.79      12.91               109%
    180 Pounds and Over              9.92      10.93              110%
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Farrowings and Farrowing Intentions
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                                                2007    2008     2008 as % of 2007
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                                      ------------ (Million Head)------------    
               
Sows Farrowing
  Dec-Feb.:                                2.91     3.07         106%   
  March-May                              3.03     3.09         102%    

  June-Aug.*                              3.13      3.07         98%

  Sept-Nov*                                3.18      3.05         96%

*Farrowing intentions.

To look at the complete USDA June 2008 Hogs and Pigs Report, click here.

Source: USDA