ACMC is due to expand its international pig-breeding company in the Philippines, producing its own hybrid AC1 breeding gilts, in addition to surplus for sale to other commercial farmers.
ACMC has selected a new franchisee breeder on the island of Luzon, with farmer and butcher Boni Ong launching a nucleus and multiplier unit.
With 200 GGP and GP Meidam females, Ong, who operates two slaughterhouses and has four retail butchers’ shops, has decided to expand due to slaughtering all the pigs he finishes.
In addition to this, he occasionally has to acquire more pigs to fulfil his retail requirements and meet his other meat supply agreements.
His other slaughterhouses and butchers’ shops, near the Metro Manila region, sell meat from 50% of the finished pigs, with the carcases weighing 75-80kg.
Producing thousands of slaughter pigs a year, his large-scale farming enterprise includes two commercial farms.
The new unit will be set up through Ong’s existing company McQuarry Farms in the Nueva Ecija province.
Dr Danny Silbor, managing director of ACMC Philippines, stated: “When his existing breeding-stock contract ended, he chose ACMC stock on the basis of their breed qualities, including litter size, robustness and ease of management, as well as meat quality in the slaughter generation as shown by recent Filipino carcase quality studies.”