U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2010 was 64.4 million head.
This was down 4 percent from June 1, 2009 but up 1 percent from March 1,
Breeding inventory, at 5.79 million head, was down 3 percent from last year
but up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at
58.6 million head, was down 4 percent from last year but up 1 percent from
The March-May 2010 pig crop, at 28.2 million head, was down 3 percent from
2009 and down 2 percent from 2008. Sows farrowing during this period totaled
2.87 million head, down 5 percent from 2009 and down 6 percent from 2008.
The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding
herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 9.81 for the
March-May 2010 period, compared to 9.61 last year. Pigs saved per litter by
size of operation ranged from 7.70 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to
9.90 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.… Continue reading