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Times of Wayne County

Where’s the bacon? New York hog inventory decreases

Pork producers in New York had 66,000 hogs and pigs on hand December 1, 2012, according to King Whetstone, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York office. This total was down 27 percent from the 91,000 head on hand a year earlier.

Of the current inventory, 6,000 hogs are for breeding purposes, down 5,000 head from the previous December. The remaining 60,000 hogs and pigs, raised for home use or the slaughter market, decreased by 20,000 head from a year ago.

U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2012 was 66.3 million head. This was down slightly from December 1, 2011, and down 2 percent from September 1, 2012. Breeding inventory, at 5.82 million head, was up slightly from last year, and up slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.5 million head, was down slightly from last year, and down 2 percent from last quarter.

The September-November 2012 pig crop, at 29.4 million head, was up slightly from 2011. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.90 million head, down slightly from 2011. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 50 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high 10.15 for the September-November period, compared to 10.02 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.60 for operations with 1- 99 hogs and pigs to 10.20 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

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