April 26, 2010
Russian beef output lags behind pork, poultry


Russian beef production during the first quarter of 2010 increased slightly by 0.7% on-year to 41,600 tonnes, while pork production rose by 30% to 161,000 tonnes during the same period, the Russian Federal Statistics Service reported.


The strong increase in pork production is the result of the higher investment in the industry supported by government funding and the faster turnover in pork production when compared to beef.


Total Russian beef production is forecast to fall 2% or 1,260 tonnes this year, while pork production should increase 2% or 2,250 tonnes and poultry 11% or 1,975 tonnes, according to the USDA.