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01 July 2013

USDA Hogs and Pigs - June 2013 [Updated]USDA Hogs and Pigs - June 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: June 2013

United States Hog Inventory Down Slightly

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2013 was 66.6 million head. This was down slightly from June 1, 2012, but up 2 percent from March 1, 2013.

Breeding inventory, at 5.88 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up 1 percent from the previous quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 60.8 million head, was down slightly from last year, but up 2 percent from last quarter.

The March-May 2013 pig crop, at 30.1 million head, was up slightly from 2012. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.92 million head, down 2 percent from 2012. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.31 for the March-May period, compared to 10.09 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.70 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.40 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Inventory – United States: June 1

United States hog producers intend to have 2.93 million sows farrow during the June-August 2013 quarter, down slightly from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2012, and down slightly from 2011. Intended farrowings for September-November 2013, at 2.92 million sows, are up 1 percent from 2012, but down slightly from 2011.

The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 46 percent of the total United States hog inventory, down from 47 percent last year.


All inventory and pig crop estimates for June 2012 through March 2013 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 half of one percent was made to the December 2012 total inventory. An adjustment of less than one half of one percent was made to the March 2013 total inventory. An adjustment of less than one half of one percent was made to the September-November 2012 pig crop.

What the commentators and industry thinkers read into this data:


Steve Meyer Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc
USDA Hogs & Pigs Report a Mixed Bag
Economist Steve Meyer writes, "USDA’s quarterly Hogs and Pigs report, released last Friday afternoon, was a mixed bag. Most of the key pieces of data were within one per cent of the analysts’ averages in pre-report estimates – but a few key numbers differed substantially."

Jim Long Jim Long
Pork Commentary: Two Big US Reports - Hog Inventory & Crop Report
"Looks like to us little change year over year. The industry has not expanded or contracted. It’s been steady as it gets," writes Jim Long.

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Reliability of 1 March Hogs and Pigs EstimatesTo review this information, including the Survey Procedures, Estimation Procedures, Revision Policy and Reliability, please download the PDF.

Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, June 2013 - USDA National Agricultural Statistics ServiceJuly 2013

Chris Hurt Chris Hurt, Purdue University
Pork Producers Can See the Promised Land
Chris Hurt comments on the latest USDA Hogs and Pigs report.

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