United States Hog Inventory Up 2 Percent . Nebraska up 3, Kansas down 1

United States Hog Inventory Up 2 Percent . Nebraska up 3, Kansas down 1
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United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2019 was 74.3 million head. This was up 2 percent from March 1, 2018, but down slightly from December 1, 2018.    Breeding inventory, at 6.35 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 67.9 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, but down slightly from last quarter.   The December-February 2019 pig crop, at 33.0 million head, was up 3 percent from 2018. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.08 million head, up 2 percent from 2018. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high of 10.70 for the December-February period, compared to 10.58 last year.

 

United States hog producers intend to have 3.12 million sows farrow during the March-May 2019 quarter, up 1 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2018, and up 3 percent from 2017. Intended farrowings for June-August 2019, at 3.19 million sows, are down slightly from 2018, but up 3 percent from 2017.   The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 47 percent of the total United States hog inventory, unchanged from the previous year.

   

**Revisions **

All inventory and pig crop estimates for March 2018 through December 2018 were reviewed using final pig crop, official slaughter, death loss, and updated import and export data. The net revision made to the September 2018 all hogs and pigs inventory was 0.5 percent. A revision of 0.5 percent was made to the June-August 2018 pig crop.

 

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Nebraska hog inventory up 2 percent

 

Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2019, was 3.55 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 3 percent from March 1, 2018, and up 1 percent from December 1, 2018.   Breeding hog inventory, at 450,000 head, was up 7 percent from March 1, 2018, and up 2 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 3.10 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, and up 1 percent from last quarter.   

 

The December 2018 - February 2019 Nebraska pig crop, at 2.14 million head, was up 1 percent from 2018. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 185,000 head, up 3 percent from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was 11.55 for the December - February period, compared to 11.70 last year.   

 

Nebraska hog producers intend to farrow 195,000 sows during the March - May 2019 quarter, up 3 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for June - August 2019 are 200,000 sows, up 8 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. 

 

Kansas hog inventory down 1 percent

 

Kansas inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2019, was 2.04 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was down 1 percent from March 1, 2018, and down slightly from December 1, 2018.   Breeding hog inventory, at 170,000 head, was up 6 percent from March 1, 2018, but unchanged from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 1.87 million head, was down 2 percent from last year, and down 1 percent from last quarter.   

 

The December 2018 - February 2019 Kansas pig crop, at 912,000 head, was up 13 percent from 2018. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 86,000 head, up 9 percent from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.60 for the December - February period, compared to 10.20 last year.  

 

Kansas hog producers intend to farrow 85,000 sows during the March - May 2019 quarter, up 12 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for June - August 2019 are 87,000 sows, unchanged from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. 

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