Main indicators of livestock farming in 2011

20.03.2012

Data of the Central Statistical Bureau show that at the end of 2011 agricultural holdings were breeding 380.6 thousand cattle, an increase of 1.1 thousand heads if compared to the end of 2010. Rise in the number of cattle was due to the growth of the breeding heifer and cow number, especially of suckling cows – by 3.3 thousand or 17.6%, the number of dairy cows has not changed. Number of sheep on holdings has increased by 2.9 thousand or 3.7%.

As competiveness of the pig-breeding sector has reduced, the number of pigs during a year has dropped by 14.7 thousand or 3.8%.

Number of livestock at the end of the year1 (thousand)

 

2010

20112

2011 as % in comparison with 2010

Cattle

379.5

380.6

100.3

 

of which dairy cows

164.1

164.1

100.0

Pigs

389.7

375.0

96.2

Sheep

76.8

79.7

103.7

Goats

13.5

13.4

99.5

Horses

12.0

11.5

95.3

Due to the diminish in the beef and poultry meat production by 2.2% and 2.3%, having a 51.6% share in the total volume of produced meat, 79.4 thousand tons of meat were produced in 2011 (it is 0.6% less than in 2010). Whereas the production of pork and mutton meat grew by 1.1% and 12.5%, respectively. The share of pork in the total volume of meat comprises 47.3%.

Reduction in the volume of produced meat was influenced by the increase of exported live cattle and pigs. In comparison with 2010, the number of exported cattle in 2011 rose by 35.7%, whereas the number of exported pigs grew by 30.9%.

The average purchase price for meat (in slaughter weight) has increased from LVL 1032.85 per ton in 2010 to LVL 1163.11 per ton in 2011 or by 12.6%.

Average purchase prices of meat

 

Average purchase price, LVL per ton

2011 as % in comparison with 2010

2010

2011

Livestock (slaughter weight), total

1032.85

1163.11

112.6

   cattle

1080.14

1279.23

118.4

   pigs

980.85

1062.96

108.4

   sheep

1653.22

1440.91

87.2

10.7 thousand tons of milk (incl. goat milk) more than in 2010 were produced in 2011, an increase of 1.3%, moreover the number of dairy cows almost did not change. Average milk yield from cow in 2011 reached 5 064 kg, a growth of 66 kg or 1.3%, if compared to the year before. Production of goat milk in 2011 reduced by 24 tons or 0.7%.

661.9 thousand tons of milk were purchased in 2011, and it is 5.9% more than a year before. Share of sold milk in the total volume of produced milk has increased from 75.2% in 2010 to 78.6% in 2011, and that mainly was caused by the growth of milk purchase prices.

Average purchase price of milk rose from LVL 177.82 per ton in 2010 to LVL 207.13 in 2011 or by 16.5%, reaching the highest purchase price in April – LVL 216.13 per ton.

Production, purchase and average purchase price of milk

665.4 million eggs were produced in 2011, 6.9% less than a year before. One laying hen on average produced 264 eggs or 3.6% less than in 2010. The average sale price of eggs decreased from LVL 4.28 per 100 eggs in 2010 to LVL 3.95 in 2011 or by 7.7%.

Output of livestock products

 

2010

20112

2011 as % in comparison with 2010

Meat (slaughter weight), thsd t

79.9

79.4

99.4

 

cattle

18.4

18.0

97.8

 

pig

37.2

37.6

101.1

 

poultry

23.5

23.0

97.7

Milk (incl. goat milk) thsd t

834.5

845.2

101.3

Eggs, mln pieces

714.9

665.4

93.1

 

Prepared by Agricultural Statistics Section
Tel. 67366982
Lolita Lazda-Lazdiņa


1 Data source for the information on number of cattle, sheep, goats and horses is State Agency Agricultural Data Centre.
2 Provisional data.