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US and Oklahoma Hog Inventories Edge Higher as 2017 Comes to a Close

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 06:16:26 CST

US and Oklahoma Hog Inventories Edge Higher as 2017 Comes to a Close As of December 1 this year, U.S. farms were home to 73.2 million hogs and pigs, 2 percent higher than the same time in 2016. The Quarterly Hog and Pig Report, released Friday says that number is slightly lower than September 1 of this year. Of the 73.2 million hogs, 67.1 million were market hogs, 6.18 million were kept for breeding, and 33.4 million pigs were weaned on U.S. farms between September and November of this year, 3 percent higher than a year ago at this time. Over that same time period this year, producers weaned an average of 10.74 pigs per litter. U.S. hog producers intend to farrow over 3 million sows between December 2017 and February of next year.

U.S. producers will farrow 3.08 million sows from March through May of 2018. Iowa has the largest inventory of all the hog-producing states at 22.8 million head. North Carolina and Minnesota were second and third, respectively.

Oklahoma continues to rank in the top ten total hog inventory states- and number five in the number of sows in the breeding herd. total hog numbers in Oklahoma were up two percent as of December first at 2.2 million head. The Oklahoma Sow herd totals 460,000 head as of December first- up two percent from a year ago and keeps the state just ahead of Missouri's 450,000 sow herd, the sixth largest in the country.

Iowa remains the dominant pork producing state- with 22.8 million hogs as of December first- that was a three percent jump from a year ago.

The Pork Board had a teleconference featuring a panel of experts offering their take on what the numbers mean- we have an audio overview of the comments provided by Dr. Chris Hurt of Purdue, Jim Robb of the LMIC and Private Industry Analyst Bob Brown of Edmond- click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear that overview.

To review the complete USDA Hogs and Pigs report- click or tap here.


Ron Hays offers an overview of the latest US Hogs and Pigs Report
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