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Minnesota Pork Producers Set Record High Inventory

NASS numbers show an inventory of 7 million hogs and pigs in September.

Minnesota hog producers had an inventory of 7 million hogs and pigs on September 1, up 1% from last year and also up 1% from the June 1 figure, according to the USDA, NASS, Minnesota Field Office. This is a new record high inventory for any quarter in Minnesota.

Breeding hogs totaled 610,000 head, up 3% from a year earlier and market hogs and pigs at 6.39 million head, were up 1% from a year ago.

Minnesota's June-August 2007 pig crop totaled 2.67 million head, up 3% from a year earlier and up 1% from the March-May 2007 pig crop. The 285,000 sows that farrowed averaged 9.35 pigs per litter, a record high litter rate for any quarter.

Hog producers in Minnesota intend to farrow 285,000 sows during the September-November 2007 quarter. If realized, this would be up 2% from the same period in 2006. Producers intend to farrow 285,000 sows during the December 2007-February 2008 quarter. If realized, this would be up 4% from the same period a year earlier.

U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1 was 64.6 million head. This was up 3% from both September 1, 2006, and June 1, 2007.

Breeding inventory, at 6.14 million head, was up 1% from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 58.5 million head, was up 3% from both last year and last quarter.

The June-August 2007 pig crop, at 27.5 million head, was up 4% from each of the last 2 years. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.99 million head, up 3% from 2006, and up 2% from 2005. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49% of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was 9.19 for the June-August 2007 period, compared to 9.11 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.50 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 9.30 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

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