Last year, fewer animals were slaughtered in slaughterhouses than the year before

By: STA Date: 2023. 03. 07. 09:30

Hungarian slaughterhouses slaughtered 97.9 thousand cattle in 2022, 10.4 percent less than the previous year, 4 million 532 thousand pigs, which is a 6.9 percent decrease, and 207.8 million poultry, which is 11 percent less from 2021 – according to the summary of the Institute of Agricultural Economics (AKI).

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The total live weight of slaughtered poultry was 634.7 thousand tons, and its cut weight (cleaned, broken down weight) was 479.9 thousand tons in 2022. The majority of poultry (84 percent) was chicken, of which 175.1 million were slaughtered, 5.8 percent less than the previous year. In the poultry group, goose and duck slaughter fell significantly, by 35 and 37 percent, respectively, and turkey slaughter decreased by 10 percent compared to 2021.

The total live weight of the 4.532 million pigs slaughtered in Hungarian slaughterhouses last year was 532,000 tons, and their carcass weight was 428,000 tons.

Both figures were more than 7 percent lower than the previous year. Pig slaughter in live weight averaged over 44,000 tons per month, with the highest monthly value exceeding 48,000 tons in May. Within pig slaughter, the slaughter of sows fell sharply, by 25.5 percent, from 88.7 thousand to 60 thousand in the previous year.

97,900 cattle were slaughtered last year

The live weight of slaughtered animals was 49.9 thousand tons, and their carcass weight was 25.7 thousand tons, the former representing a decrease of 11.5 percent and the latter 11.2 percent. Cattle slaughter in live weight averaged over 4,100 tons per month in 2022, the highest monthly value was in April, which exceeded 4,900 tons. 62 percent of slaughtered cattle were cows and 19 percent were bulls. Compared to 2021, the slaughter of cows decreased by 9.5 percent, heifers by 4.4 percent, and bulls by 13.7 percent.

42.4 thousand sheep were slaughtered last year, which is an annual decrease of 12 percent. More than 5,400 ewes were slaughtered, with a total live weight of 263 tons, according to the AKI publication.


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