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Larger volumes of meat produced in slaughterhouses

Provisional data compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in March 2020, compared to the previous month, volume of meat produced in slaughterhouses has gone up by 0.8 thousand tonnes or 12.4 %.

In March 2020, 5.8 cattle were slaughtered, which is 0.6 thousand heads or 11.7 % more than in February of this year. The number of pigs slaughtered in slaughterhouses accounts for 38.9 thousand, which is 3.9 thousand heads or 11.2 % more than in February.

 

Livestock slaughtered in slaughterhouses
(number)

 

JAN 2020, number

Changes,

as %, compared to JAN 2019

FEB 2020, number

Changes,

as %, compared to FEB 2019

MAR 2020, number

Changes,

as %, compared to MAR 2019

Cattle

6 130

-2.8

5 180

-2.5

5 787

9.4

Pigs

36 911

-6.6

35 004

-1.5

38 929

-4.8

Sheep

2 693

-9.4

1 933

-2.6

1 677

-7.2

Poultry (thousands)

1 797

5.3

1 556

-5.8

1 790

6.4

Information on number of cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and horses is acquired from the Slaughterhouse Electronic Data Reporting System of the Agricultural Data Centre.

 

Compared to February, in March volume of beef and veal produced in slaughter houses has risen by 13.6 % (by 9.8 %, compared to the corresponding period of the previous year), volume of pork by 12.2 %, (-2.8 %), and of poultry by 12.3 % (+15.1 %). Decline, in turn, may be observed in the volume of mutton produced – of 18.2 % (of 10 % over year).

Meat produced in slaughterhouses
(tonnes, in slaughter weight)

 

JAN 2020, tonnes

Changes,

as %, compared to JAN 2019

FEB 2020, tonnes

Changes,

as %, compared to FEB 2019

MAR 2020, tonnes

Changes,

as %, compared to MAR 2019

Meat, total

7 472

0.8

6 693

0.4

7 521

5.7

Beef and veal

1 308

-4.9

1 092

-5.2

1 241

9.8

Pork

3 051

-5.5

2 903

1.0

3 257

-2.8

Mutton

45

-4.3

33

3.1

27

-10.0

Poultry

3 065

11.2

2 665

2.2

2 993

15.1

Rise in average purchase prices of pork, decline in mutton and goat meat prices

In March 2020, compared to the previous month, the average purchase prices of meat grew by 14.8 %. The sharpest increase was observed in prices of pork (of 2.7 %), whereas decline in prices of mutton and beef (of 2.5 % and 0.7 %, respectively).

Downturn in exports and imports of cattle and upturn in exports of pigs

In February 2020, compared to the previous month, exports live cattle declined by 0.2 thousand heads or 4.8 %. Number of imported cattle dropped by 19.5 %. Exports of live pigs, in turn, went up by 1.8 thousand heads or 13.4 %. Imports of live pigs reduced by 2.8 thousand heads or 36.2 %.

Compared to January, in February 2020, meat exports fell by 1.3 %. Increase may be observed in exports of pork (of 7.7 %), while decline in exports of beef, mutton and goat meat, as well as poultry – of 3.0 %, 20.2 %, and 10.4%, respectively.

Compared to the month before, in February 2020, meat imports dropped by 25.3 %. Reduction may be observed in imports of beef (of 13.4 %), pork (27.7 %), mutton and goat meat (35.3 %), as well as poultry (12.7 %).

 

More statistics for imports and exports of livestock is available in the CSB interactive foreign trade tool.

More livestock production indicators are available in the CSB database section Livestock (short-term data).

 

Media requests:
Communication Section

E-mail: media@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366924, +371 27880666

More information on data:
Lolita Lazda-Lazdiņa
Agricultural Statistics Section
E-mail:
Lolita.Lazda@csb.gov.lv
Phone: +371 67366982

 

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