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Ontario Pork: Quarterly Ontario Pig Inventory

by 5m Editor
11 November 2011, at 8:12am

ONTARIO, CANADA - The University of Guelph-Ridgetown Campus conducted a project to develop greater market intelligence in the hog industry by collecting production data on a quarterly basis. The report is modeled after the USDA’s Hogs and Pigs report with respect to inventory categories and production intentions.

The producer sample used was stratified by production size with surveys sent by mail, fax or e-mail to approximately 15 per cent of the producer base. The results of this survey are estimated to be within +/- 12.4 per cent for approximately 95 per cent of the time.

The Ontario Inventory of All Pigs on 1 September 2011 was 3.05 million head. This is up 2 per cent from 1 June 2011 estimates by Ridgetown Campus (3.0 million head) and 7 per cent higher 1 than October 2011 estimates provided by Statistics Canada (2.85 million head).

The Breeding Stock Inventory is calculated to be 331.8 thousand head, which is up slightly from 1 June 2011 figures provided by Ridgetown Campus (331.5 thousand head) and 4 per cent lower than the 1 October 2011 estimates provided by Statistics Canada (346.9 thousand head).

The Market Hog Inventory was determined to be 2.72 million head which is up 2 per cent from June values estimated by Ridgetown Campus and 9 per cent higher than October values supplied by Statistics Canada.

Ontario producers were estimated to have had 153.3 thousand sows farrow during the June 2011 – August 2011 quarter and intended to have 159.6 thousand sows farrow during the September 2011 – November 2011 quarter. The average pigs saved per litter is estimated to be 9.67 for the June 2011 – August 2011 quarter and 9.62 for the September 2011 – November 2011 quarter.

Quarterly marketing intentions are expected to be 1,153 thousand head for the September – November time period and 1,073 thousand head for the December – February time period. The intentions for marketing under the Pool or Pool Plus system is calculated to be about 8 per cent of Ontario’s quarterly marketings.

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.