Michigan's total hog and pig inventory on Dec. 1 was estimated at 1.18 million head, up 50,000 head from a year ago, according to Marlo Johnson, director of the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Great Lakes Region.
Breeding hog inventory, at 120,000 head, was up 9% from December 2016. Market hog inventory, at 1.06 million head, was up 4% from last year. The average pigs saved per litter for the September to November quarter was 10.90, up 0.3 from the same period last year.
U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on Dec. 1 was 73.2 million head. This was up 2% from Dec. 1, 2016, but down slightly from Sept. 1, 2017.
U.S. breeding inventory, at 6.18 million head, was up 1% from last year, and up 1% from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 67.1 million head, was up 2% from last year, but down slightly from last quarter.
The U.S. September-November pig crop, at 33.4 million head, was up 3% from 2016. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.11 million head, up 2% from 2016. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 51% of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was a record high of 10.74 for the September-November period, compared to 10.63 in 2016. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.9 for operations with one to 99 hogs and pigs to 10.8 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.
U.S. hog producers intend to have 3.07 million sows farrow during the December-February 2018 quarter, up 3% from the actual farrowings during the same period in 2017, and up 5% from 2016. Intended farrowings from March to May, at 3.08 million sows, are up 2% from 2017, and up 4% from 2016.