LINCOLN, NE--Nebraska inventory of all hogs and pigs June 1 was 2.95 million head, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service, June 27.

This was unchanged from June 2002, but two percent above March 1, 2003. Breeding inventory, at 375,000 head, was down five percent from June 1, 2002 but unchanged from last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 2.58 million head, was one percent above last year and two percent above last quarter.

The March-May 2003 Nebraska pig crop, at 1.56 million head, was one percent less than 2002 but 11% more than 2001. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 175,000 head, unchanged from last year but nine percent more than 2001.

Nebraska hog producers intend to have 175,000 sows farrow during the June-August 2003 quarter, six percent above the actual farrowings during the same period in 2002 and 13% above 2001. Intended farrowings for September-November 2003, at 175,000 sows, are three percent above the same period in 2002 and up six percent from 2001.

U.S. inventory of all hogs and pigs June 1 was 58.7 million head. This was three percent below June 1, 2002, but one percent above March 1, 2003. Breeding inventory, at 5.94 million head, was down four percent from June 1, 2002, and slightly below last quarter. Market hog inventory, at 52.8 million head, was two percent below last year but one percent above last quarter.

The March-May 2003 U.S. pig crop, at 25.1 million head, was three percent less than 2002, and two percent less than 2001. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 2.82 million head, four percent below last year.

U.S. hog producers intend to have 2.83 million sows farrow during the June-August 2003 quarter, two percent below the actual farrowings during the same period in both 2002 and 2001. Intended farrowings for September-November 2003, at 2.79 million sows, are one percent below the same period in 2002, and three percent below 2001.

Access the National publication for this release at: http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/reports/nassr/livestock/php-bb/2003/hgpgO603.pdf.

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