INDIANAPOLIS — Going against a trend that saw U.S. hog
numbers, across the board, dropping from a year ago, Indiana pork producers held
steady, according to the June 27 U.S. Department of Agriculture hogs and pigs
Indiana’s all hogs and pigs were at 3.5 million head as of
June 1, unchanged from the year prior.
The breeding herd stood at 270,000 sows on June 1, also
unchanged from the same time last year. The Indiana market hog inventory was at
3.23 million head, again unchanged from last year.
Indiana did follow the national numbers as producers saw
litter sizes drop, due to the effects of PEDV, porcine epidemic diarrhea virus,
which has decimated the baby pig numbers throughout the country.
The average pigs saved per litter for the March-May time
period was 9.25, down from 9.85 at the same time last year.
Indiana producers held farrowings steady, with 125,000 sows
farrowed in the March-May timeframe, unchanged from a year ago.
The March-May Indiana pig crop was at 1.156 million pigs,
down from 1.231 million pigs the same time a year ago.
Indiana farmers intend to have 135,000 sows farrow during
the June-August timeframe, up from 125,000 a year ago, and they intend to have
135,000 sows farrow in the September-November period, up from 130,000 a year
In the market weight categories, Indiana had a larger supply
of heavy pigs. In the 180-pound and over category, Indiana had 780,000 hogs on
hand as of June 1, compared with 600,000 a year ago.
In the under 50-pound category, numbers dropped, to 890,000
pigs as of June 1, compared with 1.01 million a year ago.
The 50-119 pound class had 980,000 pigs as of June 1,
compared with 990,000 a year ago. The 120-179 pound weight category had 580,000
pigs as of June 1, compared with 630,000 a year ago.