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Contact:  Bryan Combs
Tuesday, December 30, 2008



Pork producers in New York had 95,000 hogs and pigs on hand December 1, 2008, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York office.  This total was up 10 percent from the 86,000 head on hand a year earlier.

Of the current inventory, 13,000 hogs are for breeding purposes up 2,000 head from the previous December.  The remaining 82,000 hogs and pigs, raised for home use or the slaughter market, increased by 7,000 head from a year ago. 

U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2008 was 66.7 million head.  This was down 2 percent from both December 1, 2007 and September 1, 2008.  Breeding inventory, at 6.08 million head, was down 2 percent from last year but up slightly from the previous quarter.  Market hog inventory, at 60.6 million head, was down 2 percent from both last year and last quarter.

The September-November 2008 pig crop, at 28.4 million head, was down 4 percent from 2007 but up 6 percent from 2006.  Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.99 million head, down 6 percent from 2007 but up 1 percent from 2006.  The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49 percent of the breeding herd.  The average pigs saved per litter was 9.50 for the September-November 2008 period, compared to 9.28 last year.  Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.50 for operations with   1-99 hogs and pigs to 9.60 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.