LINCOLN, NE-- Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2014, was 3.05 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was up 2 percent from March 1, 2013, but down 2 percent from December 1, 2013.
Breeding hog inventory, at 400,000 head, was up 3 percent from March 1, 2013, and up 3 percent from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 2.65 million head, was up 2 percent from last year, but down 2 percent from last quarter.
The December 2013-February 2014 Nebraska pig crop, at 1.79 million head, was up 4 percent from 2013. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 170,000 head, up 3 percent from last year. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.55 for the December-February period, compared to 10.50 last year.
Nebraska hog producers intend to farrow 175,000 sows during the March-May 2014 quarter, up 9 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for June-August 2014 are 175,000 sows, up 6 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period the previous year.
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