April 16, 2021

Illinois pig numbers up

ST. LOUIS — Illinois pork producers added to their hog numbers from last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Hogs and Pigs Report for the first quarter of 2021.

The numbers were released March 26 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Heartland Regional Field Office in St. Louis.

Illinois pork producers had a total inventory of 5.25 million head of hogs as of March 1. That number is up 2% from the same time last year.

The Illinois breeding herd was at 580,000, unchanged from the same time last year. The Illinois market herd was at 4.67 million, up 2% from the same period last year.

Illinois producers had 275,000 sows farrowing in the December-February period, down from 285,000 last year.

The March-May farrowing intentions, at 285,000 head farrowing, are larger than the same time a year ago, when 275,000 sows farrowed.

The Illinois June-August 2021 intentions are at 290,000 head, even with actual farrowings a year ago.

The December-February Illinois pig crop was 3.011 million, down from 3.121 million a year ago. The December-February Illinois pigs saved per litter was 10.95, even with a year ago.

The weight categories: under 50 pounds at 1.305 million, up from 1.26 million a year ago; 50 to 119 pounds at 1.53 million, up from 1.515 million a year ago; 120 to 179 pounds at 1.060 million, up from 995,000 a year ago; and 180 pounds and over at 775,000 million, down from 800,000 a year ago.

Jeannine Otto

Field Editor