WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana pork producers eased up on
the throttle in the second quarter of 2013, according to the latest U.S.
Department of Agriculture Hogs and Pigs report.
The total inventory of all hogs and pigs in Indiana as of
June 1 was pegged at 3.6 million, down 5 percent from a year ago. The market hog
inventory, at 3.33 million, also was down 5 percent from a year ago.
Indiana hog farmers also are cutting back on their breeding
herd, with the Indiana breeding herd number at 270,000 head down 4 percent from
a year ago.
Farrowings in Indiana for the second quarter dropped
dramatically. Indiana farmers had 135,000 sows farrowed during the March-to-May
timeframe. That was a 10-percent decrease from the same time a year ago.
The pig crop, at 1.33 million head, was down 9 percent, but
litter size, of 9.85 pigs saved per litter, was up 1 percent from a year ago.
Indiana producers intend to have 135,000 sows farrow in the
September-to-November period, which is a decrease of 5,000 litters from a year