Quarterly US pig numbers down slightly

The total number of pigs in the United States on June 1, 2013, was 66.6 million head. This was down slightly from June 1, 2012, but up 2% from March 1 this year.

The number of sows was 5.88 million head, up slightly on the year and 1% from the previous quarter, but the number of rearing hogs was down slightly on the year at 60.8 million head, although this was 2% higher than the quarter ending March 1, 2013.

The average pigs reared/litter was a record high 10.31 for the March-May 2013 period, compared to 10.09 last year. Analysed by the size of operation, pigs reared/litter ranged from 7.70 for operations with 1-99 head to 10.40 for
operations with more than 5,000 pigs.

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