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US and Canadian Hog Inventory Down Two Per Cent

by 5m Editor
18 February 2010, at 6:39am

US - This publication is a result of a joint effort by Statistics Canada and the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) to release the total inventories of hogs, breeding, market hogs, sows farrowed, and pig crop for both countries within one publication.

US and Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs for December 2009 was 77.4 million head. This was down 2 per cent from December 2008 and down 6 per cent from December 2007. The breeding inventory, at 7.19 million head, was down 4 per cent from a year ago and down 1 per cent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 70.3 million head, was down 2 per cent from both last year and last quarter. The pig crop, at 36.0 million head, was down 1 per cent from 2008 and down 4 per cent from 2007. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 3.70 million head, down 3 per cent from last year and down 8 per cent from 2007.

US inventory of all hogs and pigs on 1 December 2009 was 65.8 million head. This was down 2 per cent from 1 December 2008 and down 2 per cent from 1 September 2009. The breeding inventory, at 5.85 million head, was down 3 per cent from last year and down slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.0 million head, was down 2 per cent from last year and down 2 per cent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 28.8 million head, was up slightly from 2008 but down 2 per cent from 2007. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.97 million head, down 2 per cent from last year and down 6 per cent from 2007.

Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs on 1 January 2010 was 11.6 million head. This was down 5 per cent from 1 January 2009 and down 16 per cent from 1 January 2008. The breeding inventory, at 1.34 million head, was down 4 per cent from last year and down 1 per cent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 10.3 million head, was down 5 per cent from last year and down 2 per cent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 7.2 million head, was down 7 per cent from 2009 and down 12 per cent from 2008. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 724,600 head, down 8 per cent from last year and down 13 per cent from 2008.

Special Note

The market hog weight groups have changed for both the US and Canada. For the US, the market weight group under 60 pounds has been changed to under 50 pounds, and the market weight group 60-119 pounds has been changed to 50-119 pounds. The 120-179 pounds and 180 pounds and over weight groups remain the same. Similar changes have been made to Canadian market hog weight groups. These changes will allow for a more uniform analysis of the North American hog inventory. Estimates have been made for these new weight groups dating back to the beginning of 2008.

Further Reading

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