SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois pork producers boosted hog
numbers in the second quarter of 2013.
All hogs and pigs in Illinois totaled 4.75 million head, 1
percent more than the same time a year ago and 2 percent more than last quarter.
The breeding herd was at 500,000 head, steady from a year
ago and up 2 percent from the March quarter.
The Illinois market hog inventory, at 4.25 million head, was
up 1 percent from a year ago and up 2 percent from March 1.
Illinois pork producers had 255,000 sows farrow in the
March-May timeframe, also steady with a year ago and up 2 percent from the
The Illinois pig crop in the March-May timeframe was at
2.627 million head, and Illinois hog farmers saved 10.3 pigs per litter, up from
10.1 the previous quarter.
Illinois hog farmers intend to have 255,000 sows farrow in
the June-to-August timeframe. That’s 2 percent more than the same time a year
Farmers intend to have 255,000 sows farrow in the
September-to-November quarter, up 4 percent from 2012 actual farrowings.