South Dakota’s March 1, 2012 inventory of all hogs and pigs was 1.28 million head, down 2 percent from one year ago and 9 percent below last quarter, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Breeding stock totaled 175,000 head, unchanged from March 2011 but up 3 percent from last quarter. Market hogs totaled 1,105,000 head, down 3 percent from last year and down 10 percent from last quarter.
The December through February pig crop was 898,000 head, down 1 percent from 906,000 head last year. During the quarter 88,000 sows farrowed, the same level as in 2011. Pigs per litter averaged 10.2, down from the previous year’s 10.3. Producers intend to farrow 87,000 sows during March through May, 5 percent below the actual 92,000 farrowings a year ago. Intentions for June through August are for 86,000 farrowings, down from 90,000 actual farrowings one year earlier.