Illinois inventory of all hogs and pigs on December 1, 2018 was 5.30 million head, down 2 percent from September 1, 2018 and down 2 percent from last year, according to the recent report issued by USDA-NASS.
Breeding inventory, at 560,000 head, was down 10,000 from the previous quarter but up 30,000 from last year. Market hog inventory, at 4.74 million head, was down 2 percent from last quarter and down 3 percent from last year.
The September-November 2018 pig crop, at 2.88 million head, was up 1 percent from 2017. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 270,000 head, up 5,000 from a year ago. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.65 for the September-November period, compared with 10.70 last year.