Russia stock output down

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Feb 28, 2005
by WLJ
Russia’s livestock output declined further this past January amid falling profitability, the latest report by the Federal State Statistics Service showed.
The sector's output was down as the number of cattle and pigs continued to fall, the service said. The number of pigs was down 7.1 percent on the year to 16 million as of Feb. 1, while the number of cattle was down 5.8 percent on the year to 24.9 million.
Meat production was up 3.1 percent on the year to approximately 500,000 tons in live weight, but 54.7 percent less than in December 2004, when slaughter levels are seasonally high. In 2004, Russia's meat output amounted to around 7.7 million tons, down 0.3 percent on the year, compared with a 4.9 percent rise in 2003.
Russia's milk output was down 1.4 percent on the year to 1.8 million tons in January. In 2004, milk output stood at 32 million tons, down 4.2 percent on the year. The egg output last month was down 1.9 percent on the year to 2.8 billion. In 2004 the egg output totaled 35.6 billion, down 2.3 percent on the year.
Russia's livestock sector was hit last year by high grain and feed prices after a relatively poor harvest in 2003. In addition grain and feed prices remained relatively high despite an ample supply from the 2004 harvest. — WLJ