The 1990 census of Utah hogs and pigs showed 28,000 little piggies will go to market and 5,000 will stay home - and breed.
Delroy Gneiting, state statistician for the Utah Agriculture Statistics Service, said Utah's 900 hog operations ended 1990 with a total inventory value of $3.1 million, compared to $2.1 million in 1989."It's a little more lucrative time to be in the business," Gneiting said of 1990.
The 1990 pig crop totaled 45,000 head, 18 percent above the previous year. The breeding hog inventory was 5,000 head, 1,100 more than last year.
The report also showed 6,200 sows gave birth between Dec. 1, 1989 and Nov. 30, 1990, 1,100 more deliveries than the previous year. The average litter size in 1989 was 7.5 piglets per litter compared with 7.3 in 1990.