July 6, 2022
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North Dakota hog & pig inventory increased from last year

The December 1, 2011 North Dakota all hog and pig inventory, at 151,000 head, increased 8,000 from December 1, 2010 as a result of an increase in both breeding and market hog inventory, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service, North Dakota Field Office. Over the past 10 years, the largest December 1 inventory was 182,000 head in 2007, while the low was 143,000 in 2010.

The breeding herd totaled 40,000 head, up 3,000 head from December 1, 2010. The 2011 pig crop totaled a record 812,000 head, up 55,000 from last year’s 757,000 head and above the previous high of 763,000 head in 2009. Average pigs per litter, at 10.83, eclipsed last year’s 10.37, which had been the highest since recording began in 1924.

Market hogs on December 1 totaled 111,000, up 5,000 from December 1, of 2010. Market inventory by weight group with respective changes from last year are as follows: 45,000 head weighing under 50 pounds, down 15 percent from the previous year; 25,000 head in the 50-119 pound range, up 14 percent; 20,000 head in the 120-179 range, up 25 percent; 21,000 head at or over 180 pounds, up 40 percent

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