Statistics Meat production in 2018 down by 1.5% on the previous year
With 56.6 mill. animals slaughtered in 2018, the number of pigs slaughtered decreased by 3.0% compared to the previous year. The largest decrease was in the number of imported pigs (-17.9%) slaughtered on German farms. In the same period, the number of animals of domestic origin slaughtered decreased by 1.9%. As a result, the total quantity of pigmeat decreased by 2.9% to 5.3 mill. t.
The number of commercially slaughtered cattle fell by 3.1% to 3.4 mill. animals compared to 2017. This corresponds to 1.1 mill. t of beef slaughtered in 2018, 2.4% less than in the previous year.
Contrary to the declining trend for other animal species, the volume of poultry meat produced in 2018 was 3.7% higher than in the previous year at a total of 1.6 mill. t. 5.3% more young chicken fattening meat was produced. The production of duck meat (+2.3%) and turkey meat (+0.4%) also increased.