United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2014 was 62.9 million head. This was down 3% from March 1, 2013, and down 5% from December 1, 2013.
Breeding inventory, at 5.85 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up 2% from the previous quarter.
Market hog inventory, at 57.0 million head, was down 4% from last year, and down 5t from last quarter.
The December 2013-February 2014 pig crop, at 27.3 million head, was down 3% from 2013. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.87 million head, up 3% from 2013. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50% of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was 9.53 for the December-February period, compared to 10.08 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.70 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 9.60 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.
United States hog producers intend to have 2.88 million sows farrow during the March-May 2014 quarter, up 2% from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2013, but down 2% from 2012. Intended farrowings for June-August 2014, at 2.96 million sows, are up 2% from 2013, and up 1% from 2012.
The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 48% of the total United States hog inventory, up from 47% last year.
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