January 28, 2021

Indiana pig numbers stay steady

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Indiana pork producers kept pig numbers steady in the last quarter of 2020.

Despite a national decline in the breeding herd, the Indiana breeding herd remained steady at 250,000 head, unchanged from the same time a year ago.

The market hog inventory was at 4.2 million head, up 1% from a year ago.

Indiana’s total hogs and pigs as of Dec. 1, 2020, stood at 4.45 million head, an increase of 50,000 head a year ago.

Indiana producers had 125,000 sows farrow in the September-November 2020 time frame, up 4% from a year ago.

The December 2020-February 2021 farrowing intentions, at 120,000, was up 4% from a year ago.

The March-May 2021 intentions, at 120,000, was down 4% from the previous year’s actual farrowings.

The Indiana pig crop for the September-November time frame was 1.375 million pigs, up 9% from a year ago. The September-November 2020 pigs saved per litter number was 11, a 5% increase over the same time in 2019.

In the weight categories, the under 50 pound category showed 1.03 million head on hand as of Dec. 1, 2020, a 6% decrease from the same time in 2019; the 50 to 119 pound category had 1.260 million pigs, an 8% increase over 2019; the 120 to 179 pound category had 860,000 pigs, a 7% decrease from the same time a year ago, and the 180 pound and over category had 1.05 million pigs on hand, a 9% increase over a year ago.

The Indiana numbers were provided by Marlo Johnson, regional director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Great Lakes Region office in East Lansing.

Jeannine Otto

Field Editor