Russia’s swine inventory will likely grow about 2.7 percent to 17.545 million head at the end of December 2012 from 17.2 million head at the end of December 2011, supported by lower feed prices in the second half of the year and increased state support.
In accordance with the latest Russian Federal Statistic Service (Rosstat) report, FAS/Moscow increased its estimate of sow beginning stocks for 2011 from 2.135 million head to 2.150 million head. State support of swine husbandry in the first half of 2011 and a positive outlook for the 2011 crop harvest stimulated the Russian swine industry beginning in May 2011, following lower feed prices. As a result, the pig crop should increase to 30.225 million head, which is 2.3 percent higher compared to the previous FAS/Moscow estimate. According to Rosstat, the swine herd increased 0.1 percent at the end of July 2011 from the year-ago level to 18.8 million head.
The share of private households in total pork production continues to decrease as support is directed toward agricultural enterprises. Households accounted for 34.2 percent of total swine stocks at the end of July 2011 (in 2010 - 36.2 percent).
October 2011/ FAS-USDA/United States.