Statistic Belgium slaughters more pigs but less cattle

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
59% of the total slaughtering weight is accounted for by the pork industry, which has an average monthly shaft volume of 936,000 animals.
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59% of the total slaughtering weight is accounted for by the pork industry, which has an average monthly shaft volume of 936,000 animals.

In 2018, 26.51 mill. animals per month were slaughtered commercially in Belgium. 59% of the total slaughtering weight is accounted for by the pork industry, which has an average monthly shaft volume of 936,000 animals. In terms of numbers, chicken slaughtering predominates with 25.4 mill. animals per month. This was reported by the Belgian statistical office Statbel.

Last year, 11.2 mill. pigs were hooked in Belgium. With this 3% increase in growth compared to 2017, the Kingdom is leaving the decline of the past three years behind it.The number of chicken slaughters is estimated at 305 mill. This is a moderate growth rate of 1%. After four consecutive years of growth, cattle slaughters in 2018 will be down 3% on the previous year to 890,000 head.

Belgian pigmeat production is estimated at 1.07 bn. kg in 2018. This means that 59% of the total slaughter weight is attributable to this type of meat. At 462 mill. kg, the poultry industry accounts for a quarter of the slaughter volume. Third place in the group is taken by cattle slaughtering with 277 mill. kg or a market share of 15%.

According to Stabel, the average monthly slaughter figures for 2018 are as follows:

  • 25 million chickens
  • 936,000 pigs
  • 74,000 cattle
  • 64,000 turkeys
  • 11.000 sheep
  • 4,000 Other poultry
  • 3,000 ducks
  • 1.500 goats
  • 500 horses
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