Cattle Counting: Fewer cattle and pigs
Cattle Counting

Fewer cattle and pigs

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The number of pigs continues to decline in Germany.
The number of pigs continues to decline in Germany.

GERMANY, Wiesbaden. In Germany, the reduction in cattle and pig stocks continues. The decline in the number of breeding sows has slowed down somewhat.

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.


Source:, / dfv Mediengruppe; Destatis


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