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.

Available without charge in CANSIM: tables CANSIM table003-0004, CANSIM table003-0087 to 003-0089, CANSIM table003-0092 and CANSIM table003-0093.

Definitions, data sources and methods: survey number survey number3460.

The first quarter 2012 issue of Hog Statistics, Vol. 11, no. 2 (Catalogue number23-010-X, free), is now available from the Key resource module of our website under Publications.

For more information, contact Statistics Canada's National Contact Centre (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 613-951-8116; infostats@statcan.gc.ca)

To enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact Bishnu Saha (613-951-6051; bishnu.saha@statcan.gc.ca), Agriculture Division.