EU livestock populations fall 8.9% in 20 years

The number of head declined for each livestock population


by Global Ag Media

via The Pig Site - 6 January 2022


According to recently released figures on the European food chain livestock populations across the EU dropped in the last two decades. Between 2001 and 2020, the EUís total livestock count for pigs, bovine animals, sheep and goats fell by an estimated 8.9%.


According to the figures, the number of head declined for each livestock population during the period under consideration. The largest overall decline was recorded for the number of sheep. The reduction in pig numbers was relatively modest.


The EU has a sizeable livestock population. In 2020, there were 146 million head of pigs, 76 million head of bovine animals (cattle or buffalo), and an estimated 75 million head of sheep and goats on EU farms.


Looking in more detail at developments between 2019 and 2020, the population of pigs in the EU increased by 2.2%. There was small reduction (down 0.5%) in the number of sheep in 2020, while there was a 0.9% fall in the number of bovine animals.


During the period 2015-2020, EU output price developments were relatively stable for most animals, with the price of pigs being the main exception. Having risen at a rapid pace between 2016 and 2017, output prices for pigs then fell back in 2018 before rebounding in 2019, and fell again at a somewhat slower pace in 2020.


The output price of cattle was relatively unchanged, although price developments followed a downward path in both 2019 and 2020...