Germany: Significant decline in meat producti...

Significant decline in meat production


GERMANY, Damme. As reported by Germany’s Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), meat production fell by 2.0% (–167,000 t) compared with 2016, to a total of 8.11 mill. t.

Thus, the value is significantly lower than the production result of the total volume of industrial production from the previous year (8.28 mill. t).

The German Pig Breeders' Interest Group (Interessengemeinschaft der Schweinehalter Deutschlands – ISN) says that with just under 57.9 mill. slaughtered animals in 2017, pig slaughterings fell by 2.6% (–1.5 mill.) compared to the previous year. The volume of imported pigs slaughtered in German farms dropped significantly by 18.0% (–839,000 animals). Over the same period, the number of slaughtered pigs of domestic origin decreased by 1.3% (–690,000 animals) to 54 mill. Overall, this reduced the pork production by around 127,600 t to 5.45 mill. t.

The number of commercially slaughtered cattle fell by 3.1% compared to 2016 (–111,000 animals) to 3.5 mill. Particularly notable here is a decrease in the slaughter of cows by 7.0% (–93,000 animals). In summary, this means a slaughter volume of 1.12 mill. t of beef produced, 2.3% (–26,000 t) less than in the previous year.

The amount of poultry meat, at 1.51 mill. t, was 0.8% lower than in the previous year (–13,000 t). Although slightly more young broiler meat was produced (+12,000 t, +1.3%), there was a decline in the production of duck meat (–5,000 t, –12,7%) and turkeys (–18,000 t, –3,7%).


Source: ISN