January 30, 2012
Estonia's 2011 milk production up 3% on-year
Statistics Estonia's preliminary figures show that the country's 2011 milk output totalled 694,800 tonnes, 3% more than in the previous year.
The number of dairy cows did not change significantly from the preceding year, but milk production per cow kept rising.
As of December 31, 2011 the number of cattle in Estonia was 239,400, of which 95,500 were dairy cows. Compared to the end of 2010, the number of cattle had increased by 1% while the number of dairy cows had decreased by 1%.
The number of dairy cows has been smaller than 100,000 since 2009, but the average milk production per cow has increased every year during the last 10 years. In 2011, average milk production per cow was 7,136 kilogrammes, 115 kilogrammes more than in 2010.
At the end of the year there were 362,200 pigs and 91,400 sheep and goats in Estonia. The numbers of pigs decreased by 3% while the number of sheep and goats increased by 11% during the year.
Agricultural producers of Estonia produced 185.4 million eggs during the year, which is 2% more than in 2010. Measured in live weight, 116,300 tonnes of livestock and poultry were slaughtered in holdings or sold for slaughter to meat processing enterprises. The production of meat measured in live weight, increased by 4% on year. The production of beef decreased, whereas the production of pork, poultry meat and mutton and goat meat grew.