United States Hog Inventory Up 4 Percent
United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2016 was 71.5 million head. This was up 4 percent from
December 1, 2015, and up slightly from September 1, 2016.
Breeding inventory, at 6.09 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up 1 percent from the previous quarter.
Market hog inventory, at 65.4 million head, was up 4 percent from last year, and up slightly from last quarter.
The September-November 2016 pig crop, at 32.3 million head, was up 5 percent from 2015. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.04 million head, up 4 percent from 2015. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 51 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.63 for the September-November period, compared to 10.53 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 8.20 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.70 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs.
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