Indiana's hog and pig inventory up 6% year-over-year to 3.75 million on March 1, USDA says

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana , March 30, 2012 (press release) – Indiana producers had a total inventory of 3.75 million hogs and pigs on March 1, 2012, up 6 percent from a year earlier. Market hogs, at 3.46 million head were 6 percent above last year. Breeding inventory, at 290,000 head, was the same as the previous year. Sows farrowed totaled 145,000 during the December 2011 - February 2012 quarter, unchanged from a year ago. Pig crop, at 1.38 million head, was unchanged from last year with a litter rate averaging 9.50, also unchanged from the previous year. Indiana hog producers intend to have 145,000 hogs farrow during the March - May 2011 quarter, down 3 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2011. Intended farrowings for June 2012 - August 2012, at 145,000 head, is also down 3 percent from the same period as last year.

U. S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2012 was 64.9 million head. This was up 2 percent from March 1, 2011, but down 2 percent from December 1, 2011. Breeding inventory, at 5.82 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 59.1 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, but down 2 percent from last quarter. The December 2011-February 2012 pig crop, at 28.7 million head, was up 3 percent from 2011. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.88 million head, up 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 9.97 for the December-February period, compared to 9.80 last year.

Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.30 for
operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.00 for operations with morethan 5,000 hogs and pigs.

U. S. hog producers intend to have 2.89 million sows farrow during the March-May 2012 quarter, down 1 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2011, and down 1 percent from 2010. Intended farrowings for June-August 2012, at 2.88 million sows, are down 2 percent from 2011, and down 2 percent from 2010.

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