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South Dakota hog inventory down 9 percent

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- The number of hogs and pigs in South Dakota is down 9 percent from the same time last year.

That's according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture hog inventory. The USDA says there were 1.18 million head in the state on March 1.

Breeding hog inventory stood at 175,000 head. This is unchanged from last March 1. Market hot inventory was at 1.01 million head, which is down 10 percent from last year.

South Dakota hog producers intend to farrow 90,000 sows during the March-May 2013 quarter. This is down 5 percent from the actual farrowings during the same period a year ago.

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