SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Field Office of NASS has released the USDA’s Sept. 1 Hogs and Pigs Report.
Total inventory of all hogs and pigs on hand in Illinois Sept. 1 was 4.65 million head, down 1 percent from last year. Market hogs, at 4.16 million head, were also down 1 percent from a year ago, while breeding hogs were at 490 thousand head, even with last year.
The June - August pig crop of 2.53 million pigs was even with last year. There were 250 thousand sows that farrowed, down 2 percent from last year. The average number of pigs per litter was 10.10, up from 9.90 during the same period last year.
Hog producers intend to farrow 250 thousand sows during the September - November quarter, down 2 percent from the actual farrowings for the same period a year ago. The first intentions estimate for the December 2012 - February 2013 quarter is for 245 thousand sows to farrow, down 4 percent from the actual farrowings for the same period a year ago.
United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on Sept. 1 was 67.5 million head. This was up slightly from Sept. 1, 2011, and up 3 percent from June 1, 2012.
Breeding inventory, at 5.79 million head, was down slightly from last year, and down 1 percent from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 61.7 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up 3 percent from last quarter.
The June-August 2012 pig crop, at 29.3 million head, was down slightly from 2011. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.89 million head, down 1 percent from 2011. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49 percent of the breeding herd.
The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.13 for the June-August period, compared to 10.03 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.60 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.20 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.