As of December 1 this year, U.S. farms were home to 73.2 million hogs and pigs, 2 percent higher than the same time in 2016. The Quarterly Hog and Pig Report, released Friday says that number is slightly lower than September 1 of this year. Of the 73.2 million hogs, 67.1 million were market hogs, 6.18 million were kept for breeding, and 33.4 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms between September and November of this year, 3 percent higher than a year ago at this time. Over that same time period this year, producers weaned an average of 10.74 pigs per litter. U.S. hog producers intend to farrow over 3 million sows between December 2017 and February of next year.
U.S. producers will farrow 3.08 million sows from March through May of 2018. Iowa has the largest inventory of all the hog-producing states at 22.8 million head. North Carolina and Minnesota were second and third, respectively.
Indiana’s total hog and pig inventory on December 1 was estimated at 4.0 million head, down 100,000 head from a year ago, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician of the USDA, NASS, Indiana Field Office. Breeding hog inventory, at 260,000 head, was down 4 percent from last December. Market hog inventory, at 3,740,000 head, was down 2 percent from last year. The average pigs saved per litter for the September to November quarter was 10.35, up 0.05 from the same period last year.
Source: NAFB News Service