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Russian Beef, Pork and Poultry Production Increased in February

March 20 (Bloomberg) -- Russian production of beef, pork and poultry increased in February from a year earlier, according to government figures.

Output gained almost 22 percent to 85,100 metric tons for pork and rose 5 percent to 13,200 tons for beef and meat from other cattle, the Federal State Statistics Service, known as Rosstat, said in an e-mailed statement today. Production of poultry and its byproducts climbed 3.5 percent to 279,000 tons.

Cattle and poultry production by so-called live weight, which includes skin, bones and byproducts, rose 5.2 percent to 900,000 tons, according to Rosstat.

Russia’s cattle herd fell 0.7 percent from a year earlier to 20.3 million head by the end of February and the number of cows dropped 1 percent to 8.9 million, the statement showed. Hogs gained 10 percent to 19.6 million animals and the number of sheep and goats advanced 5.5 percent to 24.2 million.

To contact the reporter on this story: Marina Sysoyeva in Moscow at msysoyeva@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

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