Milk production increased 4 pct

According to the preliminary data of Statistics Estonia, the production of milk amounted to 799,300 tons in 2014, which is 4% more than the year earlier. The number of dairy cows decreased by the end of the year, but milk production per cow increased.

After a small decrease in 2009, the production of milk has increased every year compared to the previous year.

On 31 December 2014, the number of cattle in Estonia was 264,800, of which 95,100 were dairy cows. Compared to the same time of the previous year, the number of cattle has increased by 1%, but the number of dairy cows has decreased by 3%. The number of dairy cows has been in decline during the last decade; it stabilised for a while, but started to decrease again in 2014. At the same time, the average milk production per cow has continually increased. In 2014, the average milk production per cow was 8,206 kilograms, i.e. 216 kilograms more than in 2013.

At the end of the year, there were 360,000 pigs and 90,100 sheep and goats in Estonia. The number of pigs remained almost the same as at the end of 2013, and the number of sheep and goats increased by 4%.

In 2014,196.4 million eggs were produced, which is 3% more than the year earlier. 118,300 tons (live weight) of livestock and poultry were slaughtered in holdings or sold for slaughter; the production of meat increased by 1% compared to the previous year. The production of beef and poultry meat increased, while the production of pork, mutton and goat meat decreased.Diagram: Milk production per cow, 1994–2014

Source: Statistics Estonia

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