PIC Farms Top Philippine Swine Production Performance Monitoring Project
For the third straight year, since it joined the project in 2013, three (3) PIC Philippines' nucleus and multiplier farms are among the top performers in the Swine Production Performance Monitoring Project (SPPMP) being undertaken by the Swine Industry Research and Development Foundation, Inc. (PSIRDFI) annually.
For 2015, this monitoring project covered thirty-four (34) participating farms, or respondents, which have a size of as low as 100 sows to as high as 2,700 sows. Geographically, these farms are scattered across the nation's three main islands and in terms of applied technology, there is also a mix between conventional and tunnel-ventilated farms.
When the annual results were released, one or more of the three PIC participating farms (PICQ, Venvi, and CSFI) came out in the top 15% on every important production efficiency parameter in breeding (born alive, farrowing index, PWSY) and growing-finishing (PSY, ADG). These are shown on each of the performance charts below:
Taken collectively and when compared to the average of non-PIC units, the average performance of the aforementioned PIC farms will have a significant advantage on the same parameters, as shown below. Putting into account the local average selling price of market hogs and the cost of feeds, housing, and labor, this performance advantage will translate into an additional gross profit margin of about PhP 3 million (USD 63,200) per 1,000 sows per year or about PhP 296 (USD 6.20) per pig sold.
This project, which was originally a government-funded project under the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources and Research and Development Foundation, Department of Science and Technology (PCAARRD-DOST), has been running for the last twenty-five (25) years and has been envisioned to provide the local swine industry a performance benchmarking system among Filipino farmers and collectively against global trends, a year-on-year progress measuring stick for the entire industry, and identification of specific areas of improvement. While admittedly the database is still not big enough to allow for better apples-to-apples comparison (e.g., technified vs. non-technified, tunnel-ventilated vs. conventional housing, small vs. large farms) and for more data stratification (e.g., regional performance, high pig density vs. low pig density areas), PIC Philippines' decision to support the undertaking by way of direct participation certainly upped the average numbers in recent years. Consequentially, many farms, to whom this study is presented annually in a forum, have taken a lot of interest to know what exactly the top-performing farms are doing that the laggers are not. Indirectly, this has become a platform for PIC Philippines to promote good farm production and health management and the use of world-class genetics which PIC can certainly provide.