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December Hog and Pig Report

Published Dec. 23, 2011 @ 2:24 p.m.

This report contains the results from the December 2011 Hog and Pig Survey. Completed surveys from a national sample of about 10,600 hog producers provided the foundation for these official estimates. Our thanks to all producers who responded to the survey.

Texas Inventory: The December 1, 2011 Texas hog and pig inventory, at 810 thousand head, was 21 percent more than December 2010. The number of breeding hogs totaled 90 thousand head, up 50 percent from last year. The December 1 market hog inventory was up 18 percent from a year ago at 720 thousand head, 89 percent of the total hog and pig inventory.

Pig Crop: The September-November 2011 Texas pig crop totaled 344 thousand head, a increase of 33 percent from last year. Pigs per litter averaged 8.6, unchanged from the previous year. State Director, Doug Rundle, reported that 40 thousand sows farrowed in Texas during September through November 2011, up 33 percent from last year.

U.S. Highlights: The U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2011, is estimated at 65.9 million head, up 2 percent from a year ago but down 1 percent from September 1, 2011. The breeding hog inventory, at 5.80 million head, was up slightly from last year, but down slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.1 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, but down 1 percent from last quarter.

The U.S. pig crop for September-November 2011, at 29.0 million head, was up 2 percent from 2010. U.S. producers intend to have 2.87 million sows farrow during the December 2011-February 2012 quarter, up 1 percent from the actual farrowings during the December 2010-February 2011 quarter. Intended farrowings for March-May 2012, at 2.89 million sows, are down 1 percent from the same quarter in 2011.

Click here for the full U.S. report.

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