New Canadian hog numbers point to reduced North American herd
A joint report from Statistics Canada and the US Department of Agriculture suggests future declines in North American hog production, based on figures from September, which showed reduced hog breeding inventory and sow farrowings in Canada.
October 29, 2008
New data on reductions in Canadian hog breeding inventory and sow farrowings during September point to future declines in North American hog production, according to a joint report by USDA and Statistics Canada.
Canadian inventory of all hogs and pigs on Oct. 1, 2008, at 12.8 million head, was down 11 percent from a year ago. The breeding inventory, at 1.42 million head, was down eight percent from last year, and Canadian market hog inventory, at 11.4 million head, was down 11 percent from last year. The Canadian pig crop, at 7.58 million head, was down two percent from 2007. Sows farrowed during this period totaled 770,700 head, down three percent from last year.
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