German meat production is down by just under 6 percent
Published Aug 10, 2023
According to the German statistics agency Destatis, slaughterhouses in Germany produced almost 3.3 million tons of meat in the first half of 2023. The number of pig slaughters in Germany is decreasing significantly, with 2.2 million fewer slaughtered in the first half of 2023 compared to the previous year. The decrease in pig slaughters is due to factors such as African swine fever and a decreasing pig herd in Germany.
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This is evident from the latest figures from the German statistics agency Destatis. According to preliminary results, slaughterhouses in Germany produced almost 3.3 million tons of meat in the first half of 2023. In the first half of 2023, a total of 23.6 million pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and horses were slaughtered in the slaughterhouses. In addition, another 343.9 million chickens, turkeys and ducks have been slaughtered. The number of pig slaughters in Germany in particular is falling sharply. A total of 21.6 million pigs were slaughtered in the first half of 2023 (-9.2 percent). That is 2.2 million fewer than in the first half of 2022. In the first half of 2022, Germany also experienced a significant decrease. At that time, 9.9 percent fewer pigs were slaughtered than in the first half of 2021. German pork production has been declining since 2017. At 2.1 million tonnes, the amount of pork produced in the first half of 2023 was 9.4 percent lower than in the same period last ...