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Friday, June 28, 2019


Livestock inventory slightly drops by 2.08 percent

As of January 1, 2019, the total inventory of livestock in Leyte was estimated at 282,731 heads. This was 2.08 percent lower than the previous year’s inventory of 288,745 heads (Table 1). Among livestock animals, only the goat had the positive growth in inventory with 7.10 percent. The stocks of cattle, swine, and carabao declined by 7.10 percent, 3.12 percent and 2.13 percent, respectively.

Of the total livestock inventory of 282,731 heads as January 1, 2019, about 98 percent or 276,588 heads were raised in the backyard farms. Around 2 percent or 6,143 heads only were tended in the commercial farms (Figure 1).

As to the type of domesticated animals present in the livestock farms, swine had the highest percentage share to the total inventory with 46.58 percent share (131,693 heads). The carabao followed closely with 42.16 percent (119,190 heads). The goat and cattle contributed only 8.06 percent (22,781 heads) and 3.21 percent (9,067 heads), respectively (Figure 2).


Poultry inventory reduces by 0.37 percent
The total inventory of poultry in Leyte reached 1,095,407 birds as of January 1, 2019, lower by 0.37 percent than the 1,099,431 heads in the same period of 2018 (Table 2). The 3.29 percent decline in the inventory of native chicken was more than enough to trigger reduction in the poultry stocks as it offset the increases observed in the supply of duck, broiler and layer chickens.
As to the type of chicken, the native chicken had the highest percentage share of the total chicken inventory with 65.98 percent (590,141 birds), followed by layer chicken with 17.05 percent (152,548 birds). Broiler chicken had a portion of 16.97 percent (151,788 birds) in the total inventory (Figure 3).
As to duck inventory, 172,330 birds or about 86 percent of the total stocks of 200,930 birds were raised in the backyard farms, while 28,600 birds or around 14 percent were tended in commercial farms (Figure 4).