The Dec. 1 inventory for hogs and pigs on Kansas farms totaled 1.57 million head, up 8% from Dec. 1, 1999, and 1% above Sept. 1, 2000, says the Kansas Agricultural Statistics Service.

Hogs and pigs kept for breeding purposes totaled 160,000 head, up 7% from last year and 3% above Sept. 1, 2000. Breeding stock accounted for 10% of all hogs and pigs. Market hogs accounted for the remaining 90% of the total inventory, at 1.41 million head. Market hog inventory was 8% above a year ago, but essentially unchanged from Sept. 1, 2000. Market hogs weighing less than 60 pounds totaled 495,000 head, down 5% from a year ago. The 60- to 119-pound weight group, at 310,000 head, was unchanged from 1999. The 120- to 179-pound weight group totaled 235,000 head, up 2% from a year ago. The 180 pound and over weight group, at 370,000 head, was up 48% from a year ago.

The June to November pig crop totaled 1,436,000 head, 3% above a year ago. Sows farrowing during this period, at 165,000, were up 3% from the same period a year ago, with an average litter rate of 8.70. June to August farrowings of 84,000 sows were 2% above a year ago, with an average of 8.80 pigs per litter. Farrowings during September to November totaled 81,000 sows, a 4% increase from the previous year, with a litter rate of 8.60 pigs.

Kansas farmers intend to farrow 78,000 sows in the December to February quarter, up 5% from the preceding year. For the March to May quarter, expected farrowings are estimated at 78ows, up 3% from last year.

The number of operations with hogs totaled 1,600 during 2000, down 16% from last year and 38% below 1998. In 2000, operations with 500 head or more accounted for 24% of the total operations and 95% of the inventory. In 1999, operations with 500 head or more accounted for 21% of the total operations and 91% of the inventory.

In 2000, operations with 2000 head or more accounted for 7.2% of the total operations and 81% of the inventory. In 1999, 6.3% of the operations had inventories over 2,000 head and accounted for 79% of the inventory.

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