Sow inventories were down 3.8% from October 1, 2009, to 1.3 million head. The number of sows expected to farrow in the fourth quarter of 2010 and first quarter of 2011 is down 3.7% and 4.6% respectively from the same period last year.
Canadian hog exports have continued to decline since the third quarter of 2008. Hog exports were down 11.6% in the third quarter of 2010 compared with the same quarter a year earlier to 1.3 million hogs. Compared with the same quarter of 2009, domestic slaughter was down 5.7% to 5.2 million head.