Russian Meat, Byproduct Output Increases 4.6%, Service Says

Russian meat and byproduct output rose 4.6 percent from a year earlier in 2011’s first nine months, the Federal State Statistics Service said.

Rosstat, as the service is known, gave no figure for the amount of nine-month production in an e-mailed statement today. Meat output in September was 109,000 metric tons, up 4.3 percent from a year earlier and 2.2 percent more than the prior month, it said. That included 18,500 tons of fresh and chilled meat from cattle.

Pork production gained 10 percent to 70,600 tons in September, and poultry and byproduct output advanced 4.6 percent to 242,000 tons. Pork and poultry are calculated separately from meat production.

Cattle and poultry output by live weight was up 4.1 percent from a year earlier in September at 900,000 tons, Rosstat said. In the nine-month period, production increased 4.4 percent to 7.1 million tons on that basis.

Russian farms and households had 20.8 million head of cattle by the end of September, down 0.7 percent from a year earlier, including 9 million cows, Rosstat said. The pig herd rose 0.4 percent to 18.8 million animals, and sheep and goat numbers advanced 2.1 percent to 24 million.

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