Pork producers in New York had 66,000 hogs and pigs on hand Dec. 1, according to King Whetstone, U.S. Agriculture Department National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York office director.
The total was a 27 percent decrease from the 91,000 head on hand a year earlier. Of the current inventory, 6,000 hogs are for breeding purposes, a 5,000 head decrease 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 Dec. 1 was 66.3 million head, a slight decrease from December 1, 2011, and a 2 percent decrease from Sept. 1, 2012. Breeding inventory, at 5.82 million head, increased slightly from last year and from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 60.5 million head, decreased slightly from last year, and decreased 2 percent from last quarter.
The September-November 2012 pig crop, at 29.4 million head, increased slightly from 2011. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.90 million head, a slight decrease 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.