PH Hog Prices Start to Increase


Despite a sharp rise in imports over recent months creating massive stockpiles of frozen imported pork, local hog prices are starting to increase in the Philippines. After a devastating October that saw market prices plummet to PHP 129/kg (live weight), by the end of November, it had risen to PHP 157/kg (live weight), though not across the entire country. This has likewise translated to lower numbers of stored imported frozen pork, down to 77,330 at the end of November, from 82,068 at the end of October. This is brought about in part by a strong push from producers to eat local pork, as well as the reopening of businesses as COVID restrictions ease.

Feed prices continue to rise, though, with corn at an all time high of PHP 24/kg, and soy at a whopping PHP55/kg, though imports of soy at the top of 2022 are expected to ease the prices slightly.

USDA ASF Vaccine Shows Promising Results

An African Swine Fever (ASF) vaccine being developed by the United States’ Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been shown to be effective in halting further spread of ASF. Research published in September of 2021 showed that a commercially viable vaccine candidate has been effective against ASF strains from Asia in European and Asian breeds of pigs. The next step will be to establish the vaccine’s efficacy under production conditions, but on the whole, the progress appears promising in offering a solution to the disease that has ravaged pork production globally.

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From the archive: ASF Vaccine to begin Roll Out in August

(Previously posted on the UBC Facebook page)

Right on the heels of testing in 10 locations locally, the Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) have started plans of rolling out the vaccine against ASF in August.

While some testing remains, including blood sampling, and administering the vaccine to ASF-positive swine to check the results, hog raisers all over the country are eagerly awaiting what could be the solution to the epidemic that has ravaged the Philippine pork industry. There is yet no definite date as to the broad rollout of the vaccine.

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