The Dec. 1, 2000 inventory of Missouri hogs and pigs is estimated at 2.90 million head, down 7.9% from last year and 3.3% below Sept. 1, 2000. Breeding hogs are estimated at 380,000 head, 7.3% below last year but the same as last quarter. Market hogs are estimated at 2.52 million head, a decrease of 8% from the previous year and 3.8% below Sept. 1, 2000.

The September to November 2000 pig crop totaled 1.549 million head, 6.3% below the same quarter a year earlier and 5.2% below the comparable period two years ago. There were 175,000 sows that farrowed during this quarter with an average of 8.85 pigs per litter. Farrowing intentions for December 2000 to February 2001 are forecast at 175,000 sows, the same as actual farrowings during that period a year earlier but down 7.9% from two years ago. March to May 2001 farrowings are forecast at 180,000 head, the same as a year ago but down 7.7% from the comparable period two years earlier.

U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2000, was 59.8 million head. This was 1% above December 1999, but slightly below Sept. 1, 2000.

Breeding inventory, at 6.28 million head, was up 1% from Dec. 1, 1999, and up slightly from Sept. 1, 2000. Market hog inventory, at 53.6 million head, was 1% above last year, but slightly below last quarter.

The September to November 2000 U.S. pig crop, at 25.5 million head, was 2% more than 1999, but 1% less than 1998. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.88 million head, 1% above last year. The sows farrowed during this quarter represented 46% of the breeding herd. The average pigs per litter was 8.88 pigs saved per litter for the September to November period, compared to 8.78 pigs last year. Pigs saved per litter by size of operation ranged from 7.60 for operations with 1 to 99 hogs to 9.00 for operations with more than 5,000 hogs and pigs.

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