Indiana producers had a total inventory of 3.8 million hogs and pigs on December 1, 2012, unchanged from a year ago. Market hogs, at 3.52 million head, were 1 percent above last year. Breeding inventory, at 280,000 head, was 7 percent below the previous year. Sows farrowed totaled 140,000 during the September-November 2012 quarter, down 7 percent from the previous year. Pig crop, at 1.39 million head, decreased 2 percent from last year with a litter rate averaging 9.95, up 5 percent from 2011. Indiana producers intend to have 140,000 sows farrow during the December 2012-February 2013 period, down 3 percent from last year. The intended farrowings for March-May 2013 period are set at 140,000 sows, which would be down 10,000 head from the same period a year earlier.
U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2012 was 66.3 million head. This was down slightly from December 1, 2011, and down 2 percent from September 1, 2012. Breeding inventory, at 5.82 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.5 million head, was down slightly from last year, and down 2 percent from last quarter. The September-November 2012 pig crop, at 29.4 million head, was up slightly from 2011. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.90 million head, down 1 percent 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 10.15 for the September-November period, compared to 10.02 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.60 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.20 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.