December 14, 2006


Ukrainian pig, sheep, poultry numbers up; cattle, down



The number of pigs in Ukraine on Dec 1 was 8.05 million, 10.7 percent more than a year earlier, the State Statistics Committee reported Wednesday (Dec 13).


The numbers of poultry on Dec 1 was 180.67 billion, an increase of 0.7 percent on the year.


The number of cattle in the country on Dec 1 was 6.67 million, a fall of 2.63 percent on the year.


The number of sheep and goats increased by 1.8 percent on the year to 1.81 million.


Currently some 200 new pig farms are being constructed in the country, with the number of pigs expected to increase by 2 million in the course of the year.


In the last few years a number of serious investors entered the pork market and considerable financial resources have been invested in upgrading existing facilities and creating new ones.