US, Canadian hog inventory down 2%

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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WASHINGTON – For September, US and Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs totaled 76.8 million head, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agricultural Statistics Board, US. Department of Agriculture. This was down 2% from September 2009 and down 5% from September 2008.

Totaling 7.07 million head, the breeding inventory was down 2% from a year ago and down slightly from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 69.8 million head, was down 2% from last year but up 1% from last quarter. The pig crop, at 35.5 million head, was down 2% from 2009 and down 4% from 2008.

Sows farrowed during this period totaled 3.61 million head, down 2% from 2009 and down 6% from 2008.

US inventory of all hogs and pigs on Sept. 1 was 65.0 million head. This was down 3% from Sept. 1, 2009, but up 1% from June 1, 2010. The breeding inventory, at 5.77 million head, was down 2% from last year and down slightly from the previous quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 59.2 million head, was down 3% from last year but up 1% from last quarter. The pig crop, at 28.5 million head, was down 1% from 2009 and down 3% from 2008. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.91 million head, down 2% from 2009 and down 6% from 2008.

On Oct, 1, Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs was 11.9 million head, down 1% from Oct. 1, 2009, and down 7% from Oct. 1, 2008. The breeding inventory, at 1.30 million head, was down 4% from last year and down slightly from last quarter.

Totaling 10.6 million head, market hog inventory was down slightly from last year but up 1% from last quarter. The pig crop, at 7.0 million head, was down 5% from 2009 and down 8% from 2008.

Sows farrowed totaled 702,000 head, down 5% from 2009 and down 9% from 2008.
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