Russia increases meat production 4.5% year-over-year in Q1, while milk production falls 1.3%, government says; pig production up 11.2%, sheep and goats production up 0.5%, poultry production up 3.4%, cattle production down 2%

MOSCOW , April 16, 2014 () – Russia increased production of animals and poultry (in live weight for slaughter) by 4.5% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2014, while milk production slumped 1.3%.

Production of animals and poultry by all categories of producers rose 4.5% year-on-year to an estimated 2.8 million tonnes in the quarter, the Agriculture Ministry reported.

Production was up 11.2% for pigs, 0.5% for sheep and goats and 3.4% for poultry, but down 2% for cattle.

The average selling price in February was 71.68 rubles per kg for pigs (live weight), 70.27 rubles for cattle, 62.98 rubles for sheep and goats and 53.29 rubles for poultry, the Federal Statistics Service has reported.

The ministry also reported that milk production by all categories of producers fell 1.3% to an estimated 6.1 million tonnes in the quarter. The milk yield per cow at agricultural enterprises rose by 64 kg or 5.3% to 1,264 kg.

Egg production by all categories of producers fell 2.7% year-on-year to 9.6 billion in the quarter. The average selling price at the beginning of the year was 32.96 rubles for ten eggs, the Statistics Service reported.

The cattle population at all categories of producers stood at 20.2 million on April 1, including 8.7 million cows, down by respectively 2.3% and 2.5% year-on-year. Numbers were unchanged year-on-year at 19.9 million pigs, but rose 0.7% to 25.1 million sheep and goats and 2.7% to 417.1 million poultry at agricultural enterprises.

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