Livestock is an important industry in the Philippines and plays a vital role in the development and growth of our agricultural and rural economies. It provides not only livelihood and employment opportunities but also food security to the country’s growing population.



Fattening can require as little as 4 months or up to 12 months duration depending on the feeding and or grazing practices and is common as commercial enterprises in Batangas, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Masbate, Mindoro, Iloilo and Cotabato of which Padre Garcia, Batangas is the trading capital of the cattle industry. Smallholder cattle fattening is the most popular type of cattle raising in the Philippines and is considered economically viable.  

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The popularity of goat meat and its by-products (milk) is becoming more acceptable and more often seen in both wet and supermarkets and is considered economically viable for both commercialization as well as for smallholder raisers.

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Filipino meat processors are now exporting pork products to the rest of the world, as the entire country was recently certified free from foot and mouth disease (FMD) without vaccination by the Office Internationale des Epizooties (OIE or World Organization for Animal Health). Unfortunately, smuggling of frozen pork meat products into the Philippines is the number one problem of the hog industry and although both commercial and smallholder raisers have been economically viable, the most recent trend is negative without immediate Government intervention.

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Similar to the hog raising industry, the poultry industry has been commercialized as well as significant for smallholder raisers however, unlike the hog industry, poultry is on the upside with the Philippines remaining free from avian flu and as a result, the Philippines exports poultry meat products in Japan, South Korea and Middle East countries.

Furthermore, the ‘fast grow’ chickens within 45 days offer reasonable cash flow turn around and although for modest profits, an efficient raiser can ‘assembly line’ the growing aspect, with a typical poultry house containing up to 10,000 heads (the live weight ranges 0.8-1.3kg/head, at least 1kg/head average) with operators will have a netting (before tax) up to Php12.00/head

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