United States Hog Inventory Up 3 Percent

United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2017 was 71.7 million head. This was up 3 percent from June 1, 2016, and up 1 percent from March 1, 2017. This is the highest June 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs since estimates began in 1964.

Breeding inventory, at 6.07 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter.

Market hog inventory, at 65.6 million head, was up 4 percent from last year, and up 1 percent from last quarter. This is the highest June 1 market hog inventory since estimates began in 1964.

The March-May 2017 pig crop, at 32.3 million head, was up 4 percent from 2016. This is the second largest March-May pig crop since since estimates began in 1970. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 3.06 million head, up 3 percent from 2016. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.55 for the March-May period, compared to 10.48 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.70 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.60 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

United States hog producers intend to have 3.06 million sows farrow during the June-August 2017 quarter, up slightly from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2016, and up 2 percent from 2015. Intended farrowings for September-November 2017, at 3.06 million sows, are up slightly from 2016, and up 4 percent from 2015.

The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 48 percent of the total United States hog inventory, up from 47 percent the previous year.

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Nebraska Hog Inventory Down 1 percent

Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2017, was 3.45 million head, according to the USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was down 1 percent from June 1, 2016, but up 3 percent from March 1, 2017.

Breeding hog inventory, at 420,000 head, was down 1 percent from June 1, 2016, but up 1 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 3.03 million head, was down 1 percent from last year, but up 3 percent from last quarter.

The March May 2017 Nebraska pig crop, at 2.12 million head, was up slightly from previous year. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 185,000 head, unchanged from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was 11.45 for the March May period, compared to 11.40 last year.

Nebraska hog producers intend to farrow 190,000 sows during the June August 2017 quarter, up 3 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for September November 2017 quarter are 190,000 sows, up 6 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period the previous year.

Kansas Hog Inventory Up 2 percent

Kansas inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2017, was 1.97 million head, according to the USDAs National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 2 percent from June 1, 2016, but down 1 percent from March 1, 2017.

Breeding hog inventory, at 160,000 head, was down 9 percent from June 1, 2016, and down 3 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 1.81 million head, was up 3 percent from last year, but down 1 percent from last quarter.

The March May 2017 Kansas pig crop, at 820,000 head, was down 8 percent from 2016. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 82,000 head, down 4 percent from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.00 for the March May period, compared to 10.50 last year.

Kansas hog producers intend to farrow 80,000 sows during the June August 2017 quarter, down 10 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for September November 2017 quarter are 83,000 sows, up 1 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period the previous year

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