Press release: 12.440
Fewer cattle and sheep livestock, more pigs and goats in 2020; slaughterings decreased significantly
Number of cattle decreased for the most part in all age groups
Compared to 2019, the stock of young cattle less than one year old declined by 1.1% to 599 000 animals. The number of calves for slaughter fell by 0.7% to 151 000 and the quantity of other calves and young cattle declined by 1.2% to 448 000 animals (see table 1).
A decrease of 2.8% to 414 000 animals was also recorded
in the age class of young cattle one to less
than two years old. The amount of bulls and oxen
The number of cattle aged
at least two years declined by 0.6% to a total of 842 000 animals,
compared to December 2019. Bulls and oxen
As of the reference day, the number of cattle farms decreased by 2.4% to 55 000. The average livestock density rose to 34 cattle per holding.
Total pig stock increased, pigs for breeding decreased
Compared to the previous year, the number of piglets
and young pigs
In detail, the amount of piglets increased by 2.0%
to 664 000 and that of young pigs by 2.5% to 740 000 animals. Furthermore,
the number of pigs for fattening weighing 50 to less than 80 kg remained
At regional level, the share of the three most relevant Laender (federal states) for pig production – Upper Austria, Lower Austria and Styria – slightly rose to 93.6% of the total stock (2019: 93.5%).
Fewer sheep, more goats
Compared to December 2019, both sheep
categories, the number of ewes and ewe lambs put to the ram
Slaughterings decreased in 2020 in almost all animal categories
The number of examined slaughterings of pigs
At regional level, Upper Austria reported the highest share of examined slaughterings concerning cattle (32.6%), goats (29.9%) and equids (33.1%). However, the most pig slaughterings (39.8%) took place in Styria, whereas Lower Austria was leading in sheep slaughterings (45.4%) and Tyrol in calve slaughterings (22.0%).
Livestock: 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 Water Management.
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.
Slaughterings: The statistics are based on data from the veterinary information system or the Carinthian veterinary administration.
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Spatial Statistics, Statistics Austria
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DI Martina WIESINGER, Tel.
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