ST. PAUL, Minn. — On December 1, 2021, there were 8.90 million hogs and pigs on Minnesota farms, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Hogs and Pigs report. Inventory was up 1 percent from the previous quarter but down 5 percent from the previous year.
The September-November 2021 quarterly pig crop was 3.35 million head, up 7 percent from the previous quarter but down 3 percent from last year. A total of 290,000 sows farrowed during this quarter. The average pigs saved per litter was 11.55 for the quarter.
As of December 1, producers planned to farrow 275,000 sows and gilts in the December 2021-February 2022 quarter and 275,000 head during the March-May 2022 quarter.
United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2021 was 74.2 million head. This was down 4 percent from December 1, 2020, and down 1 percent from September 1, 2021.
Breeding inventory, at 6.18 million head, was up slightly from last year, but down slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 68.0 million head, was down 4 percent from last year, and down 1 percent from last quarter.
The September-November 2021 pig crop, at 33.7 million head, was down 4 percent from 2020. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.01 million head, down 5 percent from 2020. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was 11.19 for the September-November period, compared to 11.05 last year.
United States hog producers intend to have 2.94 million sows farrow during the December 2021-February 2022 quarter, up slightly from the actual farrowings during the same period one year earlier, but down 8 percent from the same period two years earlier. Intended farrowings for March-May 2022, at 3.01 million sows, are down 1 percent from the same period one year earlier, and down 4 percent from the same period two years earlier.
— USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service