The country’s total swine inventory as of January 1, 2013 was 11.8 million heads. This was 0.17 percent lower than last year’s inventory of 11.9 million heads. Swine population in the backyard farms dropped by 2.90 percent while, that in commercial farms expanded by 5.45 percent against the 2012 level. About 65 percent of the stocks were raised in backyard farms and 35 percent were in commercial farms.
Total hog production in 2012 was 1,973.62 thousand metric tons live weight. It was up by 1.71 percent from last year’s gross production of 1,940.35 thousand metric tons.
On the average, all market levels recorded price decreases in 2012 compared with the 2011 records. Annual average farmgate price per kilogram of live hogs at P88.30 dropped by 0.88 percent. Annual average wholesale price per kilogram at P102.18 went down by 1.13 percent. Annual average retail price per kilogram of pork at P169.64 in Metro Manila declined by 1.05 percent.