United States’ inventory of all hogs and pigs as of March 1, 2008 was reported at 65.9 million head. This was up 7 percent from March 1, 2007 but down 2 percent from Dec. 1, 2007.
Breeding inventory, at 6.14 million head, was up less than 1 percent from last year, but down slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 59.8 million head, was up 7 percent from last year but down 2 percent from last quarter.
The December 2007-February 2008 pig crop, at 28.1 million head, was up 6 percent from 2007 and up 9 percent from 2006. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.05 million head, up 5 percent from 2007 and up 7 percent from 2006. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was 9.21 for the December 2007-February 2008 period, compared to 9.09 last year.
U.S. hog producers intend to have 3.05 million sows farrow during the March-May 2008 quarter, up slightly from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2007. Intended farrowings for June-August 2008, at 3.04 million sows, are down 2 percent from 2007, and up 4 percent from 2006.
Hogs & Pigs: Inventory Sept. 1, 2007
|Category||2007||2008||2008 as % of 2007|
|March 1 Inventory|
|All Hogs and Pigs||61.9||65.9||107|
|Kept for Breeding||6.11||6.14||100|
|Market Hogs and Pigs
by Weight Groups
|Under 60 Pounds||20.38||21.90||107|
|180 Pounds and Over||10.33||11.14||108|
Farrowings and Farrowing Intentions:
|2007||2008||2008 as % 2007|