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ST. LOUIS -- Illinois inventory of all hogs and pigs on Dec. 1, 2017, was 5.35 million head, down 1 percent from Sept. 1, 2017, but up 5 percent from last year. Breeding inventory, at 530,000 head, was down 10,000 from the previous quarter and down 10,000 from last year. Market hog inventory, at 4.82 million head, was down 1 percent from last quarter but up 6 percent from last year.

The September-November 2017 pig crop, at 2.78 million head, was up 1 percent from 2016. Sows farrowing during this period totaled 260,000 head, unchanged from a year ago. The average pigs saved per litter was 10.70 for the September-November period, compared with 10.60 last year.

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