In 2016, German the commercial slaughterhouses achieved a new record in meat production. The Federal Statistical Office (Destatis) reports that, compared with the previous year, meat production rose slightly by 0.1% (4,500 tonnes) reaching a total 8.25 million tonnes. This exceeded the previous record in the total amount of meat produced commercially in the preceding year (8.24 million tonnes of meat).
During 2016, some 59.3 million pigs were slaughtered: a decrease by 0.1% (63,400 heads) with respect to 2015, being this attributable to the national production. The slaughtering of German pigs dropped by 47,100 heads, whilst the slaughtering of imported pigs rose, in the same period, by 9.0% (383,700 heads), reaching 4.7 million heads. The increase in the average carcass weight increased pork production by 1,000 tonnes in comparison with 2015, reaching 5.57 million tonnes of pork.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017/ Destatis/ Germany.