According to "Quarterly Hogs and Pigs" report, released September 26, 2014, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2014 was 65.4 million head. This was down 2 percent from September 1, 2013, but up 6 percent from June 1, 2014.
Breeding inventory, at 5.92 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, and up 1 percent from the previous quarter.
Market hog inventory, at 59.4 million head, was down 3 percent from last year, but up 7 percent from last quarter.
Fig. 1 Quarterly Hog and Pigs Inventory – United States: September 1
Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.91 million head, up 1 percent from 2013. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.16 for the June-August period, compared to 10.33 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 8.00 for operations with 1-99 hogs and pigs to 10.20 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs. United States hog producers intend to have 2.89 million sows farrow during the September-November 2014 quarter, up 4 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2013, and up slightly from 2012. Intended farrowings for December-February 2015, at 2.87 million sows, are up 4 percent from 2014, and up 3 percent from 2013.
Friday September 26, 2014/ NASS-USDA/ United States.