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USDA Hogs & Pigs Report                09/26 14:10

United States Hog Inventory Down 2 Percent 

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2014 was 65.4 
million head. This was down 2 percent from September 1, 2013, but up 6 
percent from June 1, 2014.  
Breeding inventory, at 5.92 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, 
and up 1 percent from the previous quarter. 
Market hog inventory, at 59.4 million head, was down 3 percent from last 
year, but up 7 percent from last quarter. 
The June-August 2014 pig crop, at 29.5 million head, was down 1 percent 
from 2013. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.91 million head, up 
1 percent from 2013. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 
percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.16 
for the June-August period, compared to 10.33 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 2.89 million sows farrow during 
the September-November 2014 quarter, up 4 percent from the actual 
farrowings during the same period in 2013, and up slightly from 2012. 
Intended farrowings for December-February 2015, at 2.87 million sows, are 
up 4 percent from 2014, and up 3 percent from 2013. 
The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 
5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 46 percent of the 
total United States hog inventory, unchanged from last year.
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