Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report
Last Friday, USDA released the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report. Most of the key numbers in the report were in line with pre-report expectations, but there were a couple of notable discrepancies. The Dec.-Feb. pig crop was on the low side of expectations. Dec.-Feb. farrowings were actually higher than expected at 99.2 percent of the prior year. On the other hand, pigs-saved-per-litter was below expectations. On average, pre-report estimates of pigs-saved-per-litter for Dec.-Feb. called for that number to be up by almost two percent compared to the prior year. Actual pigs-saved-per-litter for Dec.-Feb. was up by only 0.6 percent to 10.29 pigs per litter.

The Dec.-Feb. timeframe typically represents a seasonally down time for pigs-saved-per-litter, but the seasonal dip in last week’s report was a bit larger than would have been expected. Figure 1 shows quarterly pigs-saved-per-litter from the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs reports along with a predicted pigs-saved-per-litter series from an equation estimated using data from March 2003 through March 2013 (i.e., before the impact of PEDv on the data).

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