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02 April 2013

USDA Hogs and Pigs - March 2013 [Updated]USDA Hogs and Pigs - March 2013 [Updated]

The latest quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
USDA Hogs and Pigs


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USDA Quarterly Pigs and Hogs Report: March 2013

United States Hog Inventory Up 1 Percent

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2013 was 65.9 million head. This was up 1 percent from March 1, 2012, but down 1 percent from December 1, 2012.

Breeding inventory, at 5.83 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 60.1 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, but down 1 percent from last quarter.

The December 2012-February 2013 pig crop, at 29.0 million head, was up 2 percent from 2012. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.88 million head, up 1 percent from 2012. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.08 for the December-February period, compared to 9.97 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.50 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.10 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Inventory – United States: March 1

United States hog producers intend to have 2.96 million sows farrow during the March-May 2013 quarter, down 1 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2012, but up 1 percent from 2011. Intended farrowings for June-August 2013, at 2.91 million sows, are down 1 percent from 2012, and down 1 percent from 2011.

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, unchanged from last year.


All inventory and pig crop estimates for March 2012 through December 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 and one half percent was made to the September 2012 total inventory. An adjustment of less than one half of one percent was made to the December 2012 total inventory. An adjustment of less than one and one half percent was made to the June-August 2012 pig crop.

What the commentators and industry thinkers read into this data:

Ron Plain Ron Plain
Ron Plain on the Hogs and Pigs Report
USDA's March Hogs and Pigs Report said the market hog inventory was 1.6 per cent larger than a year ago, writes Ron Plain.

Steve Meyer Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc
More Hogs than Expected, but Summer Rally Possible
Economist Steve Meyer writes, "Reports issued by USDA last Thursday were a mixed bag for pork producers – providing some help on feed costs, but they also poured more cold water on an already-disappointing hog market."

Jim Long Jim Long
Pork Commentary: US 1 March Hogs and Pigs Report
"The USDA released its 1 March Hogs and Pigs Report ten days ago. We were in Estonia at the time and did not see the report until our return," writes Jim Long.




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Quarterly Sows Farrowed – United States

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Reliability of 1 March Hogs and Pigs Estimates

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Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, March 2013 - USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

March 2013

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