swine, farrowing, market management
Farrowing intentions are a primary indicator of U.S. swine supplies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) summarizes producers’ intentions in its Quarterly Hogs and Pigs reports. In its Monthly Hogs and Pigs reports, NASS gives breakdowns of monthly sow farrowings, pig crops, and sows bred. When farrowing intentions or reported farrowings indicate large potential supplies, producers are able to adjust their production levels or forward price to get the highest returns for their swine. Thus, having a better assessment of future swine supplies will allow producers to adjust farrowings and reduce their business risk.
Diersen, Matthew, "Projecting Sow Farrowings Using Hogs and Pigs Reports" (2002). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 168.