Livestock number, 1 December 2022

The number of pigs continues to decline

On 1 December 2022, there were about 14,000 fewer pigs than a year before. The number of poultry went up by about 674,000 and of cattle down by about 18,000.

  • 14 February 2023 at 10:30
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  • provisional data
Fewer cattle than a year ago

About 465,000 heads of cattle were bred in 2022; in an annual comparison about 4% fewer.

The number of young cattle under 1 year of age decreased by about 8,000 animals (about 5%) to about 149,000. The number of young cattle, 1–2 years, decreased by about 1,000 animals (about 1%) to about 130,000. The number of cattle over 2 years decreased by about 9,000 animals (about 5%) to about 186,000.

About 157,000 cows were bred on agricultural holdings, which is about 8,000 or 5% fewer than a year ago.

Again fewer pigs 

All agricultural holdings were breading about 202,000 pigs, which is a decrease by about 6% or about 14,000 animals over the previous year. The number of pigs went down again, continuing the long-term downward trend. In 2022, the number of pigs was again the lowest since 1991. The number was the highest in 2002 when 656,000 pigs were bred.

A decrease was not observed in the categories of ‘piglets under 20 kg – other’, ‘fattening pigs – 50–80 kg’ and ‘breeding pigs (50 kg and over) – saws mated’. In these categories the number of animals increased by about 27%, 6% and 2%, respectively. Consequently, in comparison with 2021 in the category of ‘piglets under 20 kg – total’ the number was higher by about 12% or about 5,000 animals; in this category there were all together about 47,000 animals although in this category a decrease was also recorded in the category of ‘piglets under 20 kg – suckling’ by about 2%.

In all other categories a decrease was recorded. In the category of ‘piglets 20–50 kg’ the number went down by about 23% or about 9,000 animals to about 31,000. In the category of ‘fattening pigs – total’ the number went down by about 7% (about 9,000 animals) to about 110,000. As regards the number of ‘breeding pigs (50 kg and over) – total’, a decrease by about 6% (about 1,000 animals) was recorded; there were in total about 14,000 breeding pigs in Slovenia.

About a tenth more poultry 

The total number of poultry was about 7,199,000, which is an increase by about 10% or about 674,000 animals over the previous year.

The number of hens decreased by about 17%, i.e. about 295,000 fewer hens. The number of the most numerous category among poultry went up; the annual comparison shows a 27% rise in the number of broilers (about 1,069,000 more animals). 

The number of turkeys also went down, but this category is much less numerous than broilers; thus, there were about 9,000 or about 9% fewer turkeys than a year before.

The number of sheep down, of goats up 

The total number of sheep and goats went down by about 1% or exactly 1,800 animals.

The number of sheep was higher than a year before. About 117,000 sheep were bred, which is a decrease of about 2% or about 2,000 fewer animals than a year before. About 26,000 goats were bred, which is about 1% more than a year before.

Tables with the latest data are available in the SiStat Database.
Livestock, 1 December, Slovenia
Livestock, 1 December, Slovenia
1) - provisional data
Poultry, 1 December, Slovenia
Poultry, 1 December, Slovenia
1) - provisional data
Cattle, 1 December, Slovenia
Cattle, 1 December, Slovenia
1) - provisional data
Livestock, 1 December, Slovenia
1) - provisional data
Final data on the livestock number in Slovenia for 2022 will be published on 30 March 2023 in the SiStat Database.

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