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U.S. - Canadian Hogs and Pigs Quarterly Report: October 2005

by 5m Editor
31 October 2005, at 12:00am

This new quarterly report from National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and Statistics Canada reports on the combined US and Canadian hog inventory.

U.S. - Canadian Hog Inventory Up Slightly

National Agricultural Statistics Service

This publication is a result of a joint effort by Statistics Canada and NASS to release the total hogs, breeding, market hogs, sows farrowed, and pig crop for both countries within one publication. This information was requested by the U.S. hog industry to provide producers additional information about potential hog supplies. U.S. inventory numbers were previously released on September 30, 2005.

Inventory of all hogs and pigs for September 2005 in the U.S. and Canada was 76.4 million head. This was up 1 percent from September 2003, and up slightly from 2004. The breeding inventory, at 7.61 million head, was up less than one percent from a year ago but down slightly from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 68.8 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up 1 percent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 34.3 million head, was up 1 percent from 2003, but virtually unchanged from 2004. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 3.75 million head, down slightly from last year.

U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2005 was 61.5 million head. This was up slightly from September 1, 2004, and up 1 percent from June 1, 2005. Breeding inventory, at 5.97 million head, was up less than 1 percent from last year but down less than 1 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 55.6 million head, was virtually unchanged from last year but up 2 percent from last quarter. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 2.90 million head, down slightly from last year.

Inventory of all hogs and pigs on October 1, 2005 in Canada was 14.9 million head, up 2 percent from last year, but down slightly from last quarter. The breeding inventory, at 1.64 million head, was up 1 percent from a year ago but virtually unchanged from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 13.3 million head, was up 2 percent from last year but down less than one percent from last quarter. The pig crop, at 8.05 million head, was down slightly from 2004, but up 2 percent from 2003. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 852,000 head, down 1 percent from last year.

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Source: USDA NASS - 28th October 2005