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Livestock 2019: slightly fewer cattle; pig, sheep and goat populations largely stable
Number of cattle decreased
With a minus of 2.1%, the stock of cattle less than one year old declined to 605 000 animals. Compared to 2018, the number of calves for slaughter dropped by 1.8% to 152 000 and that of other calves and young cattle fell by 2.2% to 453 000.
A slight decrease of 0.5% to 426 000 animals was also
recorded in the age class of one to less than
two year old cattle. Thereby, the number of bulls and oxen rose
Compared to December 2018, the number of cattle
aged at least two years declined by 2.1% to a total of 848 000 animals.
There was a slight increase of bulls and oxen
The number of cattle farms on the reference day decreased by 2.5% to 56 400 within the last year. The average livestock density remained at 33 cattle per holding.
Pig stock almost unchanged
Compared to the previous year, the number of piglets
and young pigs
In detail, the number of piglets fell by 0.3% to 651 000,
while that of young pigs rose by 1.0% to 722 000 animals. Furthermore,
the number of pigs for fattening weighing 50 to less than 80 kg
At regional level, the share of the three Laender (federal states) most relevant for pig production – Upper Austria, Lower Austria and Styria – slightly rose to 93.5% of the total stock (2018: 93.4%).
(-0.9%), more goats (+1.1%)
Both sheep categories showed declines compared to
December 2018: The number of ewes and ewe lambs put to the ram sunk
by 0.5% to
For more detailed results and further information concerning statistics of livestock please refer to our website.
on methods: These statistics are based on regulation (EC) No 1165/2008
concerning livestock and meat statistics; implemented under Ordinance
Federal Law Gazette II No. 163/2012 (available in German only) issued
by the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Environment and
The bovine livestock was determined through an evaluation of the central cattle database pursued by Agrarmarkt Austria in combination with data from the Association of Austrian Cattle Breeders. The administrative data were consolidated by the Federal Institute of Agricultural Economics, Rural and Mountain Research, which also subsequently processed the results.
The data on the stock of pigs, sheep and goats was collected by a separated livestock sample survey at around 7 000 holdings directly.
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