The country’s total swine inventory as of July 1, 2013, stood at 11.88 million heads. This was 0.62 percent lower than last year’s inventory of 11.96 million heads. Stocks in backyard farms went down by 1.18 percent while that in commercial farms grew by 0.40 percent against the 2012 level. About 64 percent of the total stocks were raised in backyard farms and 36 percent were in commercial farms.
During the first half of 2013, hog production reached 956.25 thousand metric tons liveweight or 2.36 percent higher than last year’s level of 934.19 thousand metric tons liveweight.
Prices at all market levels recorded price increases during the period January to June 2013 compared with prices in the same period in 2012. Average farmgate price per kilogram of live hogs went up by 10.37 percent. Wholesale price per kilogram grew by 16.19 percent. Retail price per kilogram of pork in Metro Manila increased by 4.49 percent.