Brazil's bovine slaughter down 1.6% year-over-year to 7.284 million head in Q3, IBGE says; chicken slaughter up 5% to record 1.347 billion; pig slaughter up 9.1% to record 9.065 million head

RIO DE JANEIRO , December 15, 2011 (press release) – In the 3rd quarter of 2011, 7.284 million bovine head were slaughtered, representing an increase of 3.1% in relation to the immediately previous quarter and a drop of 1.6% in relation to the same period of 2010. Conversely, the slaughter of 1.347 billion chickens accounted for an increase of 2.8% in relation to the immediately previous quarter and of 5.0% against the 3rd quarter of 2010. This performance sets a historical level in the quarterly series of chicken slaughter. The slaughter of pigs and hogs also set a record, with 9.065 million head, an increase of 5.2% in relation to the immediately previous quarter and of 9.1% in relation to the same period in 2010.

In the same period, 5.307 billion liters of raw milk were acquired, accounting for a rise of 2.2% in relation to the same period of 2010 and of 4.8% in relation to the 2nd quarter of 2011. Conversely, the production of whole cattle rawhide piece was of 8.507 million units, a drop of 4.8% in relation to 3rd quarter of 2010 and a virtual stability against the 2nd quarter of 2011. The production of hen eggs was of 646.878 million dozens, a growth of 2.0% compared with the 2nd quarter of 2011.

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