Farm Progress

Breeding hog inventory remains unchanged from year earlier.

October 3, 2018

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RECORD PIGS: The average pigs saved per litter was a record high of 10.72 for the June-August period, compared to 10.65 last year.farm progress stock image

Michigan's total hog and pig inventory on Sept. 1 was estimated at 1.22 million head, up 30,000 head from a year ago, according to Marlo Johnson, director of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Great Lakes field office.

Breeding hog inventory, at 120,000 head, remained unchanged from September 2017. Market hog inventory, at 1.1 million head, was up 3% from last year.

U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on Sept. 1 was 75.5 million head, up 3% from Sept. 1, 2017, and up 3% from June 1, 2018.

Breeding inventory, at 6.33 million head, was up 3% from last year and up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 69.2 million head, was up 3% from last year and 4% from last quarter.

The June-August 2018 pig crop, at 34.2 million head, was up 3% from 2017. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.19 million head, up 3% from 2017. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50% of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high of 10.72 for the June-August period, compared to 10.65 last year.

Source: USDA

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