Michigan's total hog and pig inventory on March 1 was estimated at 1.11 million head, down 60,000 head from a year ago, according to Marlo Johnson, director of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Great Lakes Region office.
Breeding hog inventory, at 110,000 head, was unchanged from last March. Market hog inventory, at 1 million head, was down 6% from last year. The average pigs saved per litter for the December to February quarter was 10.40, down 0.2 pig from the same period last year.
U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1 was 71 million head. This was up 4% from March 1, 2016, but down 1% from Dec. 1, 2016. Breeding inventory, at 6.07 million head, was up 1% from last year, but down slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 64.9 million head, was up 4% from last year, but down 1% from last quarter.
The December 2016 to February 2017 pig crop, at 31.4 million head, was up 4% from 2016. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.01 million head, up 3% from 2016. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49% of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high of 10.43 for the December-February period, compared to 10.30 last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 8.0 for operations with one to 99 hogs and pigs to 10.5 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.
U.S. hog producers intend to have 3.01 million sows farrow during the March-May quarter, up 1% from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2016, and up 5% from 2015. Intended farrowings for June-August, at 3.05 million sows, are down slightly from 2016, but up 1% from 2015. The total number of hogs under contract owned by operations with over 5,000 head, but raised by contractees, accounted for 48% of the total U.S. hog inventory, the same as the previous year.