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USDA Hogs and Pigs

29 June 2012

USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report -  June 2012 [Updated]USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report - June 2012 [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 2012

United States Hog Inventory Up 1 Percent

United States 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.

Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Inventory –
United States: June 1

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.


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.

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 both the market hog inventory and the breeding herd inventory were slightly larger than pre-release trade forecasts, writes Ron Plain.

Steve Meyer Steve Meyer, Paragon Economics, Inc
Hogs & Pigs Report Held Some Surprises
Economist Steve Meyer writes, "Friday’s quarterly Hogs and Pigs report from USDA contained few surprises, but may have mixed impacts."
Jim Long Jim Long
Pork Commentary: June USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report - Apocalypse Not Now
For weeks we all have been exposed to the wringing of hands by the Chicken Little’s that US packers would be overwhelmed by hogs this fall and that there would not be sufficient shackle space to handle a perceived deluge of hogs. Some chicken little’s went so far to bring up the fall of 1998 when hogs crashed to 10 cents a pound, writes Jim Long.

Shane Ellis Shane Ellis, Iowa State University
Swine Industry Continues to Expand, but at a Slower Pace
The June Hog and Pig report reported swine inventories are now 1 per cent larger than a year ago, writes Shane Ellis.

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Quarterly Litter Rate – United States

Pigs per Litter by Size of Operation –
United States: March-May 2012

Quarterly Sows Farrowed – United States

Quarterly Pig Crop – United States

Reliability of 1 June Hogs and Pigs Estimates

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Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, June 2012 - USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service

June 2012

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