Livestock production increased in 2020
4 Feb, 2021
Livestock production both in the meat and dairy sectors increased in Russia in 2020. The upward trend is expected to continue this year.
Production of livestock and poultry for slaughter in live weight reached 15.6 million tonnes, an increase of 3.1% (+472 thousand tonnes) compared to 2019. Pork production showed the highest growth of 8.9% (+446 thousand tonnes). The implementation of investment projects and the expansion of export opportunities for Russian suppliers drove such progress. Yury Kovalev, Director-General of the National Union of Swine Breeders, stated that the annual growth rate in the pork industry would remain at 3-5%. The production is expected to reach 5.8 million tonnes in live weight by 2025.
There was also an increase of 0.3% in the production of both cattle and poultry. Egg production totalled 44.8 billion. According to Sergei Lakhtyukhov, Director-General of the National Union of poultry producers, the poultry industry’s performance allows to fully meet domestic needs and reduce imports. The production is projected to increase at a rate of 0.5-1% per year.
The key factors determining the positive dynamics in domestic livestock farming are active use of state support measures, developing the breeding base, and strengthening veterinary protection.