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28 March 2014

USDA Hogs and Pigs - 28 March 2014USDA Hogs and Pigs - 28 March 2014


USDA Hogs and Pigs

United States Hog Inventory Down 3 Percent

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2014 was 62.9 million head. This was down 3 percent from March 1, 2013, and down 5 percent from December 1, 2013.

Breeding inventory, at 5.85 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up 2 percent from the previous quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 57.0 million head, was down 4 percent from last year, and down 5 percent from last quarter.

 The December 2013-February 2014 pig crop, at 27.3 million head, was down 3 percent from 2013. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.87 million head, up 3 percent from 2013. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was 9.53 for the December-February period, compared to 10.08 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.70 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 9.60 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

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