LINCOLN, NE -- Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2013, was 3.1 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 3 percent from December 1, 2012, but unchanged from September 1, 2013.
Breeding hog inventory, at 390,000 head, was up 3 percent from December 1, 2012, but down 3 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 2.71 million head, was up 3 percent from last year, and up slightly from last quarter.
The September-November 2013 Nebraska pig crop, at 1.83 million head, was up 2 percent from 2012. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 170,000 head, unchanged from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.75 for the September-November period, compared to 10.50 last year.
Nebraska hog producers intend to farrow 170,000 sows during the December 2013-February 2014 quarter, up 3 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for March-May 2014 are 175,000 sows, up 9 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period the previous year.
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