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Number of pigs in Austria decreased, sheep and goats stay strong

Staff Writer | February 16, 2017
The total number of pigs for the reference day December 1, 2016 amounted to about 2.79 million, as Statistics Austria reports.
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Farmers   Statistics Austria reports:
Compared with the previous year, this number decreased by 1.9% or 52 600.

Piglets and young pigs declined in total by 1.6% to 1.40 million, similar to the stock of pigs for fattening (-1.8% to 1.15 million head). In the same time period, the number of pigs for breeding dropped by 3.6% to 241 000.

In detail, the number of piglets fell by 3.3% to 661 000, while that of young pigs (-0.1% to 744 000) remained nearly unchanged.

A slight increase was observed in the category pigs for fattening weighing 50 to less than 80 kg (+1.2% to 566 000), while decreases were recorded for the stocks of pigs weighing 80 to less than 110 kg (-5.5% to 458 000) and at least 110 kg (-0.2% to 124 000).

Within pigs for breeding, the stock of young breeding sows (-2.3% to 47 200) dropped as well as that of old breeding sows (-3.8% to 189 000). In the same time, the number of breeding boars fell by 6.1% to 4 400.

At regional level, the proportion of the Länder (federal states) most relevant for pig production (Upper Austria, Lower Austria and Styria) slightly increased to 93.3% of the total stock (2015: 92.9%).

Compared with the previous year, a considerable increase of 7.0% to 378 000 was recorded for the total stock of sheep, just as well as the population of goats rose by 8.0% to 82 700

Number of cattle increased slightly

Vienna, 2017-02-15 – A total stock of 1.954 million cattle was recorded for 1 December 2016. Compared to the last evaluation for 1 June 2016, this represented an increase of 1.1% resp. 21 900,, according to Statistics Austria.

In the age class under one year the amount of cattle rose by 4.5% to 632 000. The number of calves for slaughter increased by 8.6% to 161 000 and that of other calves and young cattle by 3.1% to 471 000.

The number of cattle aged one up to under two years fell by 2.0% to 432 000. Declines were recorded in all three categories of this age class: bulls and oxen (-3.2%), heifers for production and breeding (-1.3%) as well as heifers for slaughter (-1.2%).

With a slight plus of 0.4% the stock of cattle aged at least two years amounted to 890 000. Rising numbers of bulls and oxen (+11.3%), heifers for slaughter (+4.4%) as well as dairy cows (+0.6%) were offset by losses of heifers for production and breeding (-0.9%) and other cows (-0.7%).

With regard to the reference day, the number of holdings with cattle dropped by 1.1% to 60 600 units from 1 June 2016 to 1 December 2016. The average livestock density per holding was 32.