Livestock production, 2021

Annual production of poultry meat down, of bovine, pig, sheep and goat meat up

In 2021, poultry meat production decreased, while bovine, pig, sheep and goat meat production increased over the previous year. The production of milk and hen’s eggs went up and of honey down. As 2020 was in various ways different than the years before, we also made a comparison with 2019.

  • 13 May 2022 at 10:30
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  • provisional data
Production of meat, milk and hen's eggs in 2021

Gross indigenous production of bovine meat in 2021 was about 48,000 tonnes, of pig meat about 29,600 tonnes, of poultry meat about 72,800 tonnes, of sheep meat about 1,400 tonnes and of goat meat about 400 tonnes. 

Laying hens produced about 415 million eggs. In addition, about 622 million litres of cow’s milk, about 0.6 million litres of ewe’s milk and about 2.3 million litres of goat's milk were produced.

Bovine meat production higher at the annual level

The amount of bovine meat from slaughterhouses in 2021 was higher than in 2020 (by about 3%); in comparison with 2019 by about 5%. No slaughter of bovine animals outside slaughterhouses was recorded, which is why total slaughter of bovine animals was the same as the amount of meat from slaughterhouses. At the annual level, an increase in gross indigenous production (by about 9%) was recorded; in comparison with 2019 by about 11%. In the same comparison, total indigenous meat production increased by about 5%; in comparison with 2019 by about 3%.

In the balance of animals in 2021, a higher number was recorded in most categories of animals. An increase was recorded in the number of exported live animals (by exactly 19%), in comparison with 2019 by about 27%, while the number of imported live animals increased by about 12%, in comparison with 2019 by about 16%. The number of slaughtered animals (balance year December–November) went up by about 4% over 2020; in comparison with 2019 by about 6%. The number of new-born animals in 2021 was about 2% higher than in 2020 (the same in comparison with 2019). Losses in 2021 were about 1% higher than in 2020; in comparison with 2019 about 3%. 

More cow’s milk produced than in 2020

The production of cow’s milk was about 2% higher than in 2020 (i.e. by about 9 million litres). In comparison with 2019, the production of cow’s milk was higher by about 3% (i.e. by about 17 million litres).

More pig meat produced than in 2020

Pig meat production (gross indigenous production) was higher than in the previous year (by exactly 7%); in comparison with 2019 about 3% lower. The number of pigs went down again. In 2021, it was the lowest since 1991. 

In 2021, a decrease in the amount of pig meat from slaughterhouses was recorded (by about 1%); in comparison with 2019 by about 5%. Total indigenous meat production was higher by about 8%; in comparison with 2019 about 2% lower.

In the balance of pigs in 2021 over 2020, we noticed that almost all categories went up, except the number of animals at the beginning and at the end of the year and the number of import went down by about 10%; in comparison with 2019 by about 14%. In the past few years we noticed the trend of growth in exported animals and in 2021 over 2020 we recorded an increase of about 140%; in comparison with 2019 by about 447%. In the past few years we pointed out that the export of animals is the smallest category in amount, but with the recent trends the number of exported animals has been growing noticeably. The number of new-born animals was higher by about 11%, in comparison with 2019 by about 3%, and also the number of slaughtered animals went up by about 5% over 2020; in comparison with 2019 down by about 6%. Losses in 2021 increased by about 6% over 2020; in comparison with 2019 by exactly 1%.

Poultry meat production lower, the number of hen’s eggs up

In 2021, gross indigenous production of poultry meat went down by about 1% over 2020; in comparison with 2019 up by about 3%. The number of laying hens increased over 2020 by about 11%, in comparison with 2019 decreaed by about 5%, while the number of hen’s eggs increased over 2020 by about 6%, in comparison with 2019 decreased by about 1%.

The number of laying hens that lay eggs for human consumption increased over 2020 by about 12%; in comparison with 2019 decreased by about 6%. In the same comparison, the number of eggs for consumption went up over 2020 by about 5%; in comparison with 2019 down by about 7%.

The production of sheep and goat meat and of goat’s and of ewe’s milk up

In comparison with 2020, the production of sheep and goat meat increased by about 1%. In comparison with 2019, gross indigenous production of sheep meat went up by about 3% and of goat meat by about 7%. However, it is important to point out that the number of sheep and goats is rather small (especially goats) and both types of meat represent only very small shares in total meat production. The production of goat’s milk increased by about 15%, in comparison with 2019 by about 16%, while the production of ewe’s milk increased by about 33%, in comparison with 2019 by about 14%.

Significantly less honey produced than a year earlier

In 2021, about 200 tonnes of honey was produced, which means the annual production of honey dropped by about 85% over 2020 (i.e. about 1,100 tonnes of honey less than in the previous year). In comparison with 2019, about 70% less honey was produced (i.e. about 500 tonnes less).


Tables with the latest data are available in the SiStat Database.
Gross indigenous production, Slovenia
Gross indigenous production, Slovenia
1) Provisional data.
Total indigenous meat production, Slovenia
2019202020211)2021
2020
2021
2019
t (1.000)t (1.000)t (1.000)% change% change
Cattle82.180.084.35.42.7
Pigs38.134.837.47.6-1.6
Poultry98.1102.2101.1-1.13.0
1) Provisional data.
Production of cow's milk, hen's eggs and honey, Slovenia
2019202020211)2021
2020
2021
2019
% change% change
Milk (1,000 l)604,870612,279621,643.01.52.8
Eggs (1,000)419,942390,967415,141.06.2-1.1
Honey (t)6531,293195.0-84.9-70.1
1) Provisional data.
METHODOLOGICAL NOTE
The final data on meat production and other animal products (Livestock Production, Slovenia, 2021) will be available at the end of August 2022 in the SiStat Database.

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