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Last year, the number of cattle slaughtered in Hungarian slaughterhouses fell below 100,000, the lowest level since 2014, Világgazdaság reported. As the data from the Institute of Agricultural Economics shows, only the number of pig slaughters fell by less than 10 percent in 2022 regarding fat stock.
In 2022, 97,900 cattle were slaughtered in Hungarian slaughterhouses, 10.4 percent less than in 2021. The vast majority of cattle slaughtered were cows at 62 percent, and 19 percent were bulls.
A downward trend was also observed for exports and imports. According to the Hungarian Central Statistics Office, Hungary exported 66,500 tons of live cattle and imported 11,300 tons in the first eleven months of 2022. The volume of exports decreased by almost 2% and imports by 3.5% compared to the same period in 2021.
Live cattle exports were mainly destined for Poland, Croatia, and Kosovo, while imports were mainly from Slovakia, Germany, and the Czech Republic.
The number of pigs slaughtered last year was 337,000 less than in 2021, a decrease of 6.9%, the lowest among the major slaughtering species. By November 2022, live pig exports had increased by 12 percent year-on-year, while imports had fallen by 11 percent. Most pig exports were destined for Romania, Austria, and the Netherlands, while imports mainly came from Slovakia, Croatia, and Germany.
For poultry, the number of animals slaughtered in Hungary was 207.8 million last year, down 11 percent from 2021. The live weight of poultry was 635,000 tons, while the weight of slaughtered poultry, i.e. cleaned and cut up, was 480,000 tons. Chickens made up the majority of poultry sent to slaughter, with 175.1 million slaughtered, 5.8 percent less than in 2021. Within poultry slaughter, the proportion of duck and goose slaughter fell the most due to avian influenza.
The number of sheep slaughtered last year was also significantly lower than in 2021, down 12 percent year-on-year, meaning that 42,400 sheep were slaughtered in domestic slaughterhouses last year.
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