South Dakota’s September 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs was 1.29 million head, down 2 percent from one year ago and down 1 percent from June 1, 2012, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Breeding stock totaled 175,000 head, up 3 percent from September 2011 but down 3 percent from June 2012. Market hogs totaled 1,115,000 head, down 3 percent from last year and down slightly by 5,000 head from this June.
The June through August pig crop was 960,000 head, up 5 percent from 918,000 head last year. During the quarter 95,000 sows farrowed, up 6 percent from 2011 and up 1 percent from last quarter. Pigs per litter averaged 10.10, down from the previous year’s 10.20. Producers intend to farrow 89,000 sows during September through November, 1 percent below the actual farrowings a year ago. Intentions for December 2012 through February 2013 are for 88,000 farrowings, the same level as actual farrowings one year earlier.
Source: USDA NASS SD Field OfficeShare