On September 1, 2022, there were 8.80 million hogs and pigs on Minnesota farms, according to the latest USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Hogs and Pigs report.
Inventory was up 6 percent from the previous quarter but unchanged from the previous year. The June-August 2022 quarterly pig crop was 3.15 million head, up slightly from the previous quarter and up 1 percent from last year.
A total of 260,000 sows farrowed during this quarter. The average pigs saved per litter was 12.10 for the quarter. This is a record high pigs saved per litter for any quarter. As of September 1, producers planned to farrow 255,000 sows and gilts in the September-November 2022 quarter and 245,000 head during the December 2022-February 2023 quarter.
United States inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2022, was 73.8 million head. This was down 1 percent from September 1, 2021, but up 2 percent from June 1, 2022. Breeding inventory, at 6.15 million head, was down 1 percent from last year, and down slightly from the previous quarter. Market hog inventory, at 67.6 million head, was down 1 percent from last year, but up 2 percent from last quarter. The June-August 2022 pig crop, at 33.6 million head, was down 1 percent from 2021.
Sows farrowing during this period totaled 3.02 million head, down 1 percent from 2021. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 49 percent of the breeding herd. The average pigs saved per litter was 11.13 for the June-August period, unchanged from last year.
United States hog producers intend to have 2.97 million sows farrow during the September-November 2022 quarter, down 2 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period one year earlier, and down 6 percent from the same period two years earlier. Intended farrowings for December 2022-February 2023, at 2.90 million sows, are down 1 percent from the same period one year earlier, and down 1 percent from the same period two years earlier.