SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois pork producers saw hog numbers
in the state drop in the second quarter of 2014, compared with the same time a
year earlier, according to the most recent headcount.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s
second-quarter hogs and pigs report, released on June 27 and counting hog
inventories as of June 1, the Illinois herd stood at 4.35 million head,
unchanged from last quarter, but down 6 percent from the same time in 2013.
The breeding herd as of June 1 was at 490,000 head, down 2
percent from a year ago, and the market hog inventory was at 3.86 million head,
down 7 percent from a year ago.
PEDV, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, continued to take its
toll on the pork population. The March-May pig crop was at 2.48 million head,
down 4 percent from the same time a year ago, and the average pigs saved per
litter, or litter size, was at 9.9 for March-May 2014, down from 10.3 pigs a
Illinois producers had 250,000 sows farrowed in the second
quarter, and that was unchanged from a year ago.
In the weight categories, the number of pigs under 50 pounds
dropped to 1.2 million head, down from 1.33 million head a year ago; the 50 to
119 pound category was down sharply at 1.18 million head, down from 1.33 million
head a year ago; and the 120 to 179 pound category was up, at 790,000 head,
compared with 740,000 a year ago.
The number of 180-pound and over hogs as of June 1 dropped
to 690,000 head, from 750,000 head at the same time last year.