Hog production on the rise from 2010

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REYNOLDSBURG, Ohio — Hog production in Ohio, Pennsylvania and the entire United States appears to be climbing.

Ohio hog producers had 2.11 million hogs on hand Sept. 1 up 4 percent from last quarter and up 2 percent from a year ago.

Pa. hog inventory

In Pennsylvania, there were 1,100,000 hogs and pigs on Pennsylvania farms Sept. 1. This estimated inventory was unchanged from the June 1 inventory and 50,000 head less than a year ago.

The number of market hogs, at 1.94 million head, was up 4 percent from last quarter and up 2 percent from last year. Breeding stock, at 170,000 head, was up 3 percent from last quarter and year.

In Pennsylvania, the market hog inventory, was at 1,010,000 head, increased 5,000 head from June, but was down 35,000 head from September 2010; while the breeding herd inventory, at 90,000 head, was down 5,000 head from June, and 15,000 head below one year ago.

Ohio hog inventory

In Ohio, pigs saved per litter averaged 9.6, slightly above last year and 2 percent above last quarter. Ohio producers intend to farrow 87,000 sows during the September-November 2011 quarter; 3,000 head below a year earlier. Farrowing intentions for the winter quarter, December 2011-February 2012, is 89,000 sows, unchanged for the same quarter of 2011.

Pennsylvania hog farmers intend to have 46,000 sows farrow during the September-November 2011 quarter, 3,000 less than actually farrowed for the same period in 2010; and intend to have 46,000 sows farrow during the December 2011-February 2012 quarter, 1,000 less than actually farrowed December 2010-February 2011 quarter.

U.S. hog inventory

Looking at the country as a whole, The U.S. hog inventory stood at 66.6 million head.

This was up 1 percent from Sept. 1, 2010, and up 3 percent from June 1, 2011. Breeding inventory, at 5.81 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter.

National market hog inventory. The market hog inventory, at 60.8 million head, was up 1 percent from last year, and up 3 percent from last quarter. The June-August 2011 pig crop, at 29.1 million head, was up 1 percent from 2010 and up 1 percent from 2009. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.90 million head, down 1 percent from 2010 and down 2 percent from 2009. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd.

Farrowing

United States hog producers intend to have 2.87 million sows farrow during the September-November 2011 quarter, down slightly from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2010, and down 1 percent from 2009. Intended farrowings for December-February 2012, at 2.86 million sows, are up slightly from 2011, but down 1 percent from 2010.

The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 46 percent of the total United States hog inventory, up from 43 percent last year.

An adjustment of one half of one percent was made to the June 2011 total inventory. An adjustment of less than one half of one percent was made to the December 2010-February 2011 pig crop.

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