Continued Fall in Pig Numbers but Slaughter Pigs Steady

CANADA - In the Statistics Canada survey on 1 April, producers reported two per cent total pigs on farm than a year previously, and 5.7 per cent fewer sows, continuing the decline in the Canadian pig population. Slaughter numbers have remained steady for the last three quarters.
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As of 1 April 2010, Canadian hog producers reported 11.6 million hogs on farm, down 2.1 per cent from the same date in 2009.

The sow inventory is reported at 1.3 million head, down 5.7 per cent from 1 April 2009. The numbers of sows expected to farrow in the second and third quarters this year have decreased by 2.1 per cent and 3.6 per cent, respectively, from one year prior.

Canadian hog exports totalled 1.4 million in the first quarter of 2010, down 20.5 per cent from the same period last year.

Hog slaughter has been stable at 5.5 million head for each of the past three quarters.

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