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Livestock farming grew in 2010

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The number of livestock kept in Latvia grew in late 2010: the number of cattle – by 1.3 thousand or by 0.3%, of pigs – by 13.2 thousand or by 3.5%, of sheep – by 6.1 thousand or by 8.7% and the number of goats by 0.3 thousand or by 1.8%.

The increasing numbers of cattle was affected by the surging numbers of young stock and cows, especially of suckling cows – by 3.2 thousand or by 20.8%, nevertheless, the number of dairy cows has reduced by 1.4 thousand or by 0.9%, according to the Central Statistical Bureau.

79.9 thousand tons of meat was produced last year, which is 4% less than in the previous year. Dropping beef and pork production (10.0% and 4.3%, respectively) had an impact on this indicator. Beef and pork proportion in the total volume of meat makes up 70%. While poultry and sheep meat surged 1.4% and 0.5%, respectively.

Reduction of the volume of produced meat was influenced by the increase of export of live pigs. In comparison with 2009, the number of exported pigs in 2010 rose by 59%. The average purchase price for meat (in slaughter weight) decreased from 1054.98 lats per ton in 2009 to 1032.85 lats per ton in 2010 or by 2.1%. Prices of pork reduced noticeably – by 6.6%, but prices of beef and seep meat grew – by 2.1% and 2.3%, respectively, according to the Bureau.

Last year the average milk yield from a single cow amounted to 4998 kg, 106 kg or 2.2% more, compared to 2009. Compared to the year before, volume of goat milk produced formed 157 tons or 5% more than in 2010.

In 2010 the volume of milk sold to milk procurement and processing companies spiked. 625.2 thousand tons of milk was purchased, which is 5% more than a year before. Sold milk proportion in the total volume of produced milk reached 75.2% (in 2009 – 72%), mainly influenced by gaining milk purchase prices.

Average purchase price of milk climbed from 129.23 lats per ton in 2009 to 177.82 lats in 2010 or by 37.6%, hitting the highest purchase price in December – 196.23 lats ton. Gaining milk purchase prices were mainly influenced by the situation in the global market – prices of grain and fuel rose, and that, in turn, increased the production costs of milk as well.

In 2010 714.9 million eggs were produced, 4.9% up on the previous year. One laying hen produced 274 eggs on average – 0.7% more than a year before. The average sale price for eggs has dropped from 4.75 lats per 100 eggs in 2009 to 4.28 lats in 2010 or by 9.9%.


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