Minnesota Hog Inventory up 3% from Last Year

Minnesota Hog Inventory up 3% from Last Year

March-May 2011 had the highest quarterly litter rate ever.

Minnesota hog producers had an inventory of 7.7 million hogs and pigs on June 1, up 3% from last year and up 1% from the March 1, 2011, figure, according to the USDA-NASS, Minnesota Field Office.

Breeding inventory totaled 560,000 head, up 2% from a year earlier but unchanged from March 1, 2011.  Market hogs and pigs at 7.14 million head, were up 3% from a year ago and up 1% from March 1, 2011.

The state's March-May 2011 pig crop totaled 3 million head, up 6% from a year earlier and up 4% from the December 2010-February 2011 pig crop.  The 290,000 sows that farrowed averaged 10.35 pigs per litter, up from 10.15 a year ago. The March-May 2011 litter rate is a record high level for any quarter.

Hog producers in Minnesota intend to farrow 290,000 sows during the June-August 2011 quarter.  If realized, this would be up 4% from actual sows farrowed during the same period a year earlier.  Producers intend to farrow 295,000 sows during the September-November 2011 quarter.  If realized, this would be up 4% from actual sows farrowed during the same period in 2010.

Source: USDA-NASS, Minnesota Field Office

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