S.D. hog inventory down 10 percent
SIOUX FALLS – South Dakota inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2013, was 1.17 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was down 10 percent from September 1, 2012, but up 1 percent from June 1, 2013.
Breeding hog inventory, at 170,000 head, was down 3 percent from September 1, 2012, and down 6 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 1.0 million head, was down 11 percent from last year, but up 2 percent from last quarter.
The June-August 2013 South Dakota pig crop, at 937,000 head, was down 2 percent from 2012. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 86,000 head, down 9 percent from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was a record-tying 10.90 for the June-August period, compared to 10.10 last year.
South Dakota hog producers intend to farrow 88,000 sows during the September-November 2013 quarter, down 2 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for December 2013-February 2014 are 87,000 sows, down 1 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period the previous year.