Hog inventories, April 1, 2012
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Canadian hog producers had 12.0 million hogs on their farms as of April 1, up 1.8% from the same date in 2011. This increase followed a 1.5% increase between April 1, 2010, and April 1, 2011.
Sow inventories remained virtually unchanged from April 1, 2011, at 1.3 million head. Farmers anticipated a 2.3% increase in the number of sows expected to farrow during the second quarter of 2012.
About 5.4 million hogs were slaughtered during the first quarter of 2012, down 0.1% from the same quarter in 2011. In addition, 1.4 million hogs were exported in the first quarter, down 0.9% from the first quarter of 2011.
Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number survey number3460.
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