VLAM Belgian meat production stabilizes at previous year's level
Fewer pigs were kept in Belgium in 2017. This is reflected in the slaughter figures, which fell by around 2% to 10.95 mill. The corresponding meat production amounted to 1.04 mill. t, a decrease of 1.51% compared to the previous year.
The slaughtering of cattle was increased by almost 1% to 920,142 heads. The quantity of beef produced is estimated at 281,536 t, an increase of 1.14%. Poultry slaughtering also declined, by 1.72% to 301.38 mill. heads. Meat production, on the other hand, rose by just under half a percent to 463,393 t
While the number of sheep and lambs slaughtered fell by 1.47% to around 139,000 heads, the meat volume climbed by 5.36% to 2,950.47 t. Horse meat production fell by 6.38% to 1,772 t. The reason for this is the 7.75% reduction in the number of slaughters to 5,585 heads. Although goat slaughter figures have increased by 25% to 16,042 t, goat meat production remains a niche product at 284 t.