South Dakota hog numbers down from last year

South Dakota’s December 1 inventory of all hogs and pigs was 1.20 million head, down 14 percent from one year ago and down 7 percent from September 1, 2012, according to the South Dakota office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Breeding stock totaled 165,000 head, down 3 percent from December 2011 and down  6 percent from September 2012. Market hogs totaled 1,035,000 head, down 16 percent from last year and down 7 percent from September.

The September through November pig crop was 936,000 head, unchanged from last year, but down 3 percent from the previous quarter. During the quarter 90,000 sows farrowed, unchanged from last year, but down 5 percent from last quarter.

Pigs per litter averaged 10.40, unchanged from last year, but up from the previous quarter’s 10.10. Producers intend to farrow 83,000 sows during December through February, 6 percent below the actual farrowings a year ago for that period. Intentions for March through May are for 86,000 farrowings, 9 percent below the actual farrowings one year earlier for that period.

Source: USDA NASS SD Field Office