LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Indiana’s pork producers turned up the volume in the second quarter, leading to some big jumps in pig numbers across the board.
One of the big numbers was the pigs saved per litter. At 10.7 for the second quarter, that number was a 4% increase from a year ago and earned recognition from one of the analysts on the Pork Checkoff media call following the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture hogs and pigs report for the second quarter.
“When you look at Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, all with growth in excess of four-tenths of a pig relative to a year ago, it certainly suggest to me that some of the disease issues that we’ve seen in the industry have come in better control. PRRS is one that sticks out. That may have given us this big jump,” said Scott Brown, Extension economist with the University of Missouri, speaking on the Pork Checkoff media call.
Indiana’s farrowing numbers for the March-May period, at 115,000 sows, remained steady from the second quarter the same time last year. The March-May pig crop leaped from 1.18 million in 2018 to 1.23 million in the second quarter of 2019.
The June-August farrowing intentions for the Indiana swine breeding herd were steady at 125,000 and the September-November intentions, at 120,000, were down from the same time a year ago, when actual farrowings were at 125,000.
The Indiana total hogs and pigs inventory as of June 1 was 4.25 million, up 300,000 from a year ago. The breeding herd in Indiana stood at 260,000, up 4% from a year ago, and the market herd, at 3.99 million, was up 8% from the same time a year ago.
The largest category in the Indiana market herd was the 50 to 119 pound category, at 1.15 million, the same as a year ago. The under 50 pound category was at 1.06 million, up 13% from a year ago and the 120 to 179 pound category was at 840,000, up 8% from a year ago. The 180 pound and over category was at 940,000, up 13% from a year ago.
The U.S. hog inventory as of June 1 was at 75.5 million, the largest June 1 number of all hogs and pigs since 1964, when estimates started.