The inventory of all hogs in the United States amounted to 64.6 million head as at September 1, 2007, which represents a 3% increase from the period between September 1, 2006 and June 1, 2007.
The breeding inventory, published by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) showed a 1% increase from last year at 6.14 million head – a slight increase from the previous quarter. An increase of 3% from both last year and the last quarter was reported in the market hog inventory.
A 4% increase from the last two years was reported in the June-August 2007 pig crop at 27.5 million head. For the period June-August 2007, the average number of pigs saved per litter was 9.19 compared to 9.11 in 2006.
The total number of sows farrowing in this period amounted to 2.99 million head, which is an increase of 3% from 2006 and 2% from 2005.
US hog producers intend to have a 1% increase from the actual farrowings in 2006 in the period September – November 2007 with 2.96 million sows farrowing.
For the period December 2007 to February 2008, intended farrowings at 2.94 million sows, are up 1% from 2007 and a further 4% from 2006.
â€¢ United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)