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
 
Millon Head
 
March 1 Inventory      
All Hogs and Pigs  61.9      65.9  107 
Kept for Breeding        6.11   6.14 100
Market Hogs            55.7 59.8 107
       
Market Hogs and Pigs 
by Weight Groups                                                        
     
Under 60 Pounds        20.38   21.90    107 
60-119 Pounds           13.36       14.29 107
120-179 Pounds          11.68 12.44 107 
180 Pounds and Over  10.33 11.14 108

Farrowings and Farrowing Intentions: 

2007 2008 2008 as % 2007
Million Head
Sows Farrowing:  
Dec-Feb 2.90 3.05 105  
Mar-May 3.03 3.05 100
Jun-Aug   3.11   3.04   98