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  • Ag minute: Hog inventory down

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  • Kansas inventory of all hogs and pigs on March 1, 2014, was 1.67 million head, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. This was down 7 percent from March 1, 2013, and down 6 percent from December 1, 2013.
    Breeding hog inventory, at 170,000 head, was unchanged from both March 1, 2013, and last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 1.5 million head, was down 8 percent from last year, and down 6 percent from last quarter.
    The December 2013-February 2014 Kansas pig crop, at 769,000 head, was down 1 percent from 2013. Sows farrowed during the period totaled 84,000 head, up 6 percent from last year.
    The average pigs saved per litter was 9.15 for the December-February period, compared to 9.80 last year.
    Kansas hog producers intend to farrow 86,000 sows during the March-May 2014 quarter, up 9 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago. Intended farrowings for June-August 2014 are 89,000 sows, up 10 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period the previous year.
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