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).