September 13, 2021


German pork production fell 1.2% in first half of 2021


In the first half of 2021, Germany's pork production dropped by 1.2% compared to the same period in 2020.


According to preliminary data from the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), in the first half of 2021, 28.3 million pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and horses were slaughtered in commercial slaughterhouses in Germany.


Including poultry, companies produced almost 3.8 million tonnes of meat, down 1.7% (64,500 tonnes) compared with the first half of 2020.


In the first half of 2021, German pork production reached 2.5 million tonnes ( down 1.2%, or 31,500 tonnes compared to the same period in 2020).


Of particular note was the development in average slaughter weight per pig, which was 95.6kg in 2019. In November and December 2020 in particular, slaughter weights increased sharply and peaked at 99.0kg in January 2021. They have since declined again and fell to 96.6kg in June 2021. The reason for the increase is likely due to the temporary closure or reduction in slaughterhouse capacity as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, as some animals could not be slaughtered until later than usual, remaining longer in the barns and gaining weight.


Pork accounts for the largest share of meat production in Germany. In the first half of 2021, almost two-thirds (65.9%) of the meat produced was pork, followed by poultry (20.2%) and beef (13.5%).


A long-term comparison shows a significant increase in poultry meat production since 2000.


While pork production increased by less than a third (+30%) during this period, poultry production more than doubled (+109%).


- Destatis (Germany)