Fewer and fewer pigs - meat production in Germany falls again

10-Aug-2023 - Germany

Meat production in German slaughterhouses continued to decline in the first half of the year. The total volume fell by 5.9 percent year-on-year to 3.3 million tons, the Federal Statistical Office reported Wednesday. A total of 23.6 million pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and horses and 343.9 million chickens, turkeys and ducks were slaughtered.

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While beef and poultry meat volumes remained virtually unchanged, significantly fewer pigs were killed. 21.6 million animals slaughtered were 2.2 million fewer than a year earlier. The volume of pork produced fell by 9.4 percent to 2.1 million metric tons. One reason is that pig stocks among German farmers also declined, the statistics office explained. However, with a share of 62 percent, pork remains by far the most important type of meat, ahead of poultry (23.2 percent) and beef (14.5 percent).

At the same time, the number of imported pigs in German slaughterhouses increased by almost 20 percent. However, at 741,300 animals, imports only accounted for a share of 3.4 percent - down from 2.6 percent in the first half of 2022./ceb/DP/nas (dpa)

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