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USDA December Hog Inventory

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South Dakota Hog Inventory Up 1 Percent

SIOUX FALLS — South Dakota inventory of all hogs and pigs on Dec. 1 was 1.21 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 1 percent from Dec. 1, 2012, and up 5 percent from Sept. 1, 2013.

Breeding hog inventory, at 165,000 head, was unchanged from Dec. 1, 2012, but down 3 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 1.05 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up 7 percent from last quarter.

The September-November 2013 South Dakota pig crop, at 914,000 head, was down 2 percent from 2012. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 85,000 head, down 6 percent from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.75 for the September-November period, compared to 10.40 last year.

South Dakota hog producers intend to farrow 82,000 sows during the December 2013-February 2014 quarter, down 5 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for March-May 2014 are 84,000 sows, down 5 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period the previous year.

North Dakota Hog Inventory Unchanged

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota inventory of all hogs and pigs on Dec. 1 was 135,000 head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was unchanged from Dec. 1, 2012.

Breeding hog inventory, at 35,000 head, was unchanged from Dec. 1, 2012. Market hog inventory, at 100,000 head, was unchanged from last year.

The 2013 North Dakota pig crop, at 767,000 head, was down 3 percent from 2012. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 72,000 head, down 2 percent from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.65 for 2013, compared to 10.73 last year.

Nebraska Hog Inventory

Up 3 Percent

LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs on Dec. 1 was 3.1 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 3 percent from Dec. 1, 2012, but unchanged from Sept. 1, 2013.

Breeding hog inventory, at 390,000 head, was up 3 percent from Dec. 1, 2012, but down 3 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 2.71 million head, was up 3 percent from last year, and up slightly from last quarter.

The September-November 2013 Nebraska pig crop, at 1.83 million head, was up 2 percent from 2012. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 170,000 head, unchanged from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.75 for the September-November period, compared to 10.50 last year.

Nebraska hog producers intend to farrow 170,000 sows during the December 2013-February 2014 quarter, up 3 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for March-May 2014 are 175,000 sows, up 9 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period the previous year.

Iowa Hog Inventory Down Less Than 1 Percent

On Dec. 1, there were 20.5 million hogs and pigs on Iowa farms according to the latest USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Hogs and Pigs report. The December 1 inventory was down 2 percent from September 2013 and less than 1 percent from a year ago.

The September 2013-November 2013 pig crop was 5.09 million head. A total of 480,000 sows farrowed with an average litter size of 10.6 pigs per sow.

As of December 1, producers planned to farrow 460,000 head of sows and gilts in the December 2013-February 2014 quarter. Farrowing intentions for the March-May 2014 period were estimated at 465,000 as of December 1, 2013.

United States Hog Inventory Down 1 Percent

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on Dec. 1 was 65.9 million head. This was down 1 percent from Dec. 1, 2012, and down 2 percent from Sept. 1, 2013.

Breeding inventory, at 5.76 million head, was down 1 percent from last year, and down 1 percent from the previous quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 60.2 million head, was down 1 percent from last year, and down 2 percent from last quarter.

The September-November 2013 pig crop, at 29.3 million head, was down slightly from 2012. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.88 million head, down slightly from 2012. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.16 for the September-November period, compared to 10.15 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 8.00 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.20 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

United States hog producers intend to have 2.83 million sows farrow during the December 2013-February 2014 quarter, up 1 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2013, and up slightly from 2012. Intended farrowings for March-May 2014, at 2.86 million sows, are up 1 percent from 2013, but down 3 percent from 2012.

The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 48 percent of the total United States hog inventory, up from 47 percent last year.