Meat production Less pork but more beef and poultry
As reported by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the quantity of meat produced thus fell by 1.4% compared with 2018. The decline is due to lower pork production, while the production of beef and poultry meat increased compared to the previous year.
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Pork, beef and poultry
With 55.1 million animals slaughtered in 2019, the total number of pigs slaughtered decreased by 3% compared to the previous year. The number of domestic pigs slaughtered fell by 3.4% to 51.8 million animals, while the number of pigs imported and slaughtered in Germany rose by 2.7% to 3.3 million. In total, 5.2 mill. t of pork were produced in 2019, 2.6% less than in 2018.
The number of cattle slaughtered in 2019 fell by 0.8% to 3.5 million animals compared with the previous year. However, as the average slaughter weight increased, the volume of beef slaughtered in 2019 rose by 0.9% year-on-year to 1.1 mill. t.
The volume of poultry meat produced in 2019 was 1.6 mill. t, 0.8% higher than the previous year. 1.5% more meat was produced from young broilers. Turkey meat production (turkey meat) also increased by 0.7%.
Between 2009 and 2019, the quantity of poultry meat produced increased by 22%, while the quantity of pork and beef produced remained at about the same level, with slight fluctuations in individual years.
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