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Canadian Hog Statistics - Second Quarter 2010

by 5m Editor
19 August 2010, at 12:00am

By Statistics Canada. There were 2.4 per cent fewer pigs in Canada on 1 July 2010 than one year previously and the number of breeding females was down almost five per cent. The number of farms with pigs declined by more than 10 per cent over the same period.

Highlights

On 1 July 2010, Canadian hog producers reported an estimated 11.8 million hogs on their farms, down from 12.1 million hogs on the same date in 2009.

Farmers reported 1.3 million sows and gilts on farms, down 4.8 per cent from 1 July 2009 and 9.4 per cent below 1 July 2008.

During the second quarter 2010, total hog exports amounted to 1.4 million head, down 14.1 per cent from the same quarter in 2009.

Hogs that were sent to slaughter totalled 5.1 million during the second quarter of 2010, down 0.8 per cent from the same period in 2009.

Analysis


Hog inventories

On 1 July 2010, Canadian hog producers reported an estimated 11.8 million hogs on their farms, down from 12.1 million hogs on the same date in 2009. The year-over-year rate of decline in hog inventories have slowed in the first (-2.1 per cent) and second (-2.4 per cent) quarters this year, the lowest rates since April 2007.

Quebec and Manitoba reported total inventory increases from 1 July 2009 at 1.4 per cent and 3.0 per cent, respectively. The increases are reflective of changes in hog slaughter and international exports and are not an indication that the industry is expanding. British Columbia (-19.6 per cent), Alberta (-2.3 per cent), Saskatchewan (-9.1 per cent), Ontario (-8.7 per cent) and the Atlantic region (-12.0 per cent) reported decreases in inventory.

Farmers reported 1.3 million sows and gilts on farms, down 4.8 per cent from 1 July 2009 and 9.4 per cent below levels as of 1 July 2008. The number of sows expected to farrow in Canada during the third and fourth quarters in 2010 has decreased 5.7 per cent and 5.5 per cent from the same periods in 2009.


Total hog and sow inventory, Canada, quarterly on 1 July 1990 to 2010

Hogs that were sent to slaughter totalled 5.1 million during the second quarter of 2010, down 0.8 per cent from the same period in 2009. Canadian hog slaughter peaked in the fourth quarter of 2004 at just over 6.0 million head.

During the second quarter 2010, total hog exports amounted to 1.4 million head, down 14.1 per cent from the same quarter in 2009. Second-quarter exports were 52.3 per cent below the peak of 2.9 million head recorded in the first quarter of 2008.


Hog exports, quarterly, Canada, 2005 to 2010

As of 1 July 2010, there were 7,050 hog farms in Canada, down 10.6 per cent from the same date in 2009. The average number of hogs per operation increased from 1,529 to 1,671 in the same period.

Further Reading

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August 2010