LINCOLN, NE-- Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2013, was 3.15 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was down 2 percent from September 1, 2012, but up 2 percent from June 1, 2013.
Breeding hog inventory, at 400,000 head, was up 5 percent from September 1, 2012, but unchanged from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 2.75 million head, was down 2 percent from last year, but up 2 percent from last quarter.
The June-August 2013 Nebraska pig crop, at 1.79 million head, was up slightly from 2012. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 165,000 head, down 3 percent from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.85 for the June-August period, compared to 10.50 last year.
Nebraska hog producers intend to farrow 170,000 sows during the September-November 2013 quarter, unchanged from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for December 2013-February 2014 are 165,000 sows, also unchanged from the actual farrowings during the same period the previous year.
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