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German Meat Production Drops in the First Half of 2022

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The amount of pork produced in the first half of 2022 was 2.3 million tons, down 10.1% compared to the same period in 2021.


According to preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), Germany's slaughterhouses produced almost 3.5 million tons of meat in the first half of 2022, down 7.9% compared to the same period last year. A total of 25.8 million heads of pigs, cattle, sheep, goats, and horses and 353.2 million chickens, turkeys, and ducks were slaughtered.
 

Regarding swine production, 23.8 million pigs were slaughtered in the first six months of 2022, representing a decrease of 2.3 million animals slaughtered (-8.9%) compared to the previous year. The amount of pork produced in the first half of 2022 was 2.3 million t (-10.1% or -253,800 t). The average slaughter weight also decreased by just over one kilogram to 96.31 kg. One of the reasons for the reduction in pork production is the corresponding drop in the German pig inventory.
 

For years, pork has accounted for the largest share of meat production in Germany. In the first half of 2022, almost two-thirds (64.3%) of the meat produced was pork, followed by poultry (21.9%), and beef (13.5%). Sheep, goat, and horse meat accounted for only 0.3% of total production.