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PHL cattle, goat production declined in April-June-PSA.

The country's cattle and goat output recorded a slight decline in the April-to-June period due to lower production in eight regions, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said in its latest report.

The PSA said cattle output during the period fell by 1.9 percent to 65,200 metric tons from last year's 66,460 MT. The agency attributed this to the decline in the output of eight regions.

Of the eight regions, Zamboanga Peninsula registered the biggest drop at 28.1 percent to 1,430 MT, from 1,990 MT a year ago, according to the PSA.

'Among the regions, Northern Mindanao was the top producer of cattle at 10,470 MT, liveweight,' the PSA said in its Cattle Situation Report published recently.

'This was followed by Calabarzon and Ilocos Region with production of 9,510 MT and 7,240 MT, liveweight, respectively. These three regions contributed 41.8 percent to the country's total cattle production,' it added.

The country's total cattle inventory as of July was estimated at 2.56 million heads, slightly higher than the 2.55 million heads recorded in the same period a year ago, the PSA said.

'In backyard farms, cattle inventory at 2.41 million heads increased by 0.4 percent from the previous year's count of 2.40 million heads,' it said. 'Stocks in commercial farms at 153,930 heads decreased by 0.04 percent from the previous year's count of 154,000 heads.'

The top five regions in terms of cattle inventory were Ilocos Region, Central Visayas, Calabarzon, Western Visayas and Northern Mindanao, the PSA said.

'The combined stocks of these five regions accounted for 52.6 percent of the country's total cattle inventory,' it added.

Goat production

from April to June, the PSA said goat output fell slightly to 17,590 MT from last year's record of 17,690 MT. The PSA attributed this to the production declines recorded by eight regions.

'Among these regions, Soccsksargen reported the highest decline in production of 13 percent, from 1,130 MT, liveweight in 2018 to 980 MT, liveweight in 2019,' the PSA said.

'Among the regions, Ilocos Region was the highest producer of goat at 3,220 MT, liveweight. This was followed by Northern Mindanao and Central Visayas with production of 2,140 MT, and 2,080 MT, liveweight, respectively,' it added.

The PSA said the country's total goat inventory as of July 1 rose by 1.4 percent to 3.83 million heads from 3.77 million heads last year.

'Inventory of goat in backyard farms at 3.78 million heads posted an increase of 1.4 percent compared with its previous year's level of 3.72 million

heads,' it said.

'In commercial farms, total inventory of goat was 48,760 heads. This was 0.9 percent higher than its previous year's level of 48,340 heads,' it added.

The PSA said in a recent report that livestock production, including hogs and cattle, rose by 3.22 percent in the second quarter. Hog and dairy came up with output gains during the period.

Figures from the PSA indicated that the value of livestock production amounted to P77.7 billion at current prices. In the first half of 2019, livestock production grew by an annualized rate of 2.24 percent.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Aug 23, 2019
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