LINCOLN, NE-- Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs on June 1, 2013, was 3.10 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was down 2 percent from June 1, 2012, but up 3 percent from March 1, 2013.
Breeding hog inventory, at 400,000 head, was up 4 percent from June 1, 2012, and up 3 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 2.70 million head, was down 2 percent from last year, but up 3 percent from last quarter.
The March-May 2013 Nebraska pig crop, at 1.83 million head, was down 4 percent from 2012. Sows farrowing during the period totaled 170,000 head, down 6 percent from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.75 for the March-May period, compared to 10.55 last year.
Nebraska hog producers intend to farrow 175,000 sows during the June-August 2013 quarter, up 3 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for September-November 2013 are 175,000 sows, up 3 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period the previous year.
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