United States hog inventory up 1 percent

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In the quarterly Hogs & Pigs Report, USDA said that U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2012 was 65.8 million head. This was up 1 percent from June 1, 2011, and up 1 percent from March 1, 2012.

Breeding inventory, at 5.86 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up 1 percent from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.0 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up 1 percent from last quarter.

The March-May 2012 pig crop, at 29.4 million head, was up 1 percent from 2011. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.92 million head, up slightly from 2011. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.09 for the March-May period, compared to 10.03 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.50 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.20 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

United States hog producers intend to have 2.90 million sows farrow during the June-August 2012 quarter, down 1 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2011, and down 1 percent from 2010. Intended farrowings for September-November 2012, at 2.89 million sows, are down 1 percent from 2011, but up slightly from 2010. The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 47 percent of the total United States hog inventory, up from 45 percent last year.

Revisions
All inventory and pig crop estimates for June 2011 through March 2012 were reviewed using final pig crop, official slaughter, death loss, and updated import and export data. Based on the findings of this review, an adjustment of less than one percent was made to the December 2011 total inventory. An adjustment of less than one half percent was made to the March 2012 total inventory. An adjustment of less than one and one half percent was made to the September-November 2011 pig crop.

Find the full report here.

 

    2011   

    2012   

2012
as % of 2011

---(Million Head)---

June 1 Inventory

 

 

 

    All Hogs and pigs

 65.3

 65.8

 101

    Kept for Breeding

 5.80

 5.86

 101

    Market Hogs

 57.5

 59.9

 101

Market Hogs and pigs

 

 

 

  by Weight Group

 

 

 

    Under 50 pounds

 19.5

 19.5

 100

    50-119 pounds

 17.3

 17.5

 101

    120-179 pounds

 12.2

 12.3

 101

    180 pounds and over

 10.5

 10.5

 100

 Sows Farrowing

 

    2010   

    2011   

    2012   

2012
as % of 2010

2012
as % of 2011

---(Million Head)---

Mar.-May

 2.93

2.91 

2.92

100 

100

June- Aug.*

 2.94

2.93

2.90 

99 

99 

Sept.-Nov.*

 2.88

2.93 

2.90

100 

99 

*Farrowing Intentions



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