Cattle Counting Fewer cattle and pigs
As of 3 November 2019, 25.9 mill. pigs were kept in Germany. As the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) further reports, this was two percent or 519,200 animals less than on 3 November 2018, with fattening pigs accounting for 45% or 11.7 mill. animals. Compared to November 2018, the number of fattening pigs has fallen by 218,500 animals (minus 1.8%).
In addition, almost 7.7 mill. piglets and a good 4.8 mill. young pigs were kept in German barns on 3 November 2019. The negative trend also continued for breeding sows, albeit at a somewhat slower pace. At 1.78 mill. animals, the number was down 2.9% on the previous year, with a decline of 6.4% compared with 2017.
The number of pig holdings was 21,100 as of 3 November 2019, which means that the number has fallen by 5.5% or a good 1,200 holdings since November 2018. In November 2017, the number was still 23,500 holdings and has thus fallen by almost 10% or 2,300 holdings over the past two years.
According to Destatis, there were 11.6 mill. cattle on 3 November 2019 in Germany. This was about 300,000 animals or 2.5% less than in November 2018, whereas in November 2017 the number of cattle had been just under 12.3 mill.