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Quarterly Livestock Surveys

Slaughter of cattle and hogs and pigs grows in Q4 2023

Section: Economic Statistics | Vinícius Britto

February 09, 2024 09h00 AM | Last Updated: February 09, 2024 11h03 AM


9.05 million cattle head slaughtered in the fourth quarter represented an increase of 19.9% against the same period in 2022 - Picture: Licia Rubinstein /IBGE News Agency

According to the preliminary results of the Statistics of the Livestock Production, released today (9) by the IBGE, cattle slaughter grew 19.9% in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared with the same period last year. Slaughter of hogs and pigs increased 0.8% and that of chickens retreated 2.3% in the same comparison. Compared with the third quarter of 2023, the only advance was in cattle slaughter (1.3%), whereas slaughter of hogs and pigs and of chickens dropped 3.5% and 3.2%, respectively. The complete results and the data for the Federation Units will be released on March 14.

The survey also shows that the total number of cattle head slaughtered in the fourth quarter was 9.05 million. Slaughter of hogs and pigs registered 14.11 million head, whereas that o chickens, 1.53 billion.

The production of cattle carcasses was of 2.41 million tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2023, representing an increase of 18.0% in relation to the same quarter a year ago and of 1.1% over the third quarter of 2023.

The cumulative weight of the carcasses was 1.30 million tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2023, an increase of 1.5% compared with the fourth quarter of 2022 and a reduction of 5.6% in relation to the immediately previous quarter.

In chicken slaughter, the cumulative weight of carcasses was of 3.19 million tonnes in the fourth quarter of 2023. That represented a decrease of 4.1% in relation to the same period of 2022 and of 3.8% against the immediately previous quarter.

Acquisition of milk rises 1.3% in the year and in the quarter

The acquisition of raw milk by establishments under some kind of sanitary inspection (federal, state or municipal) was of 6.43 billion liters. The value corresponded to an increase of 1.8% in comparison with the volume recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022 and of 3.2% in relation to that obtained in the immediately previous quarter.

Acquisition of rawhide increases 17.5% in the year and 3.6% in the quarter

The tanneries investigated in the Quarterly Survey of Leather – those responsible for at least 5,000 whole pieces of cattle rawhide per year – reported to have received 9.15 million whole cattle rawhide pieces in the fourth quarter of 2023. That amount represented an increase of 17.5% compared with that recorded in the same period of 2022 and of 3.6% in relation to the immediately previous quarter.

Production of eggs remains stable in the year and declines in the quarter

The production of hen eggs reached 1,05 million dozen in the fourth quarter of 2023. That result represented a stability in relation to the same period a year ago and a drop of 1.0% against the third quarter of 2023.

More about the survey

The survey investigates information on the number of slaughtered animals and the total weight of carcasses, by species of cattle (oxen, cows, steers and heifers), hogs and pigs, and chicken, having as collection units establishments that slaughter animals under federal, state or municipal sanitary inspection.  The survey is released every quarter and  data are presented every month for each quarter of the civil year.

As of the first quarter of 2018, in response to users’ needs for timely information on livestock, the IBGE started releasing "First Results" of the Quarterly Survey of Animal Slaughter for Brazil, as a provisional solution.  These data are available nearly one month ahead the release of the "Complete Results”. The data can be consulted on Sidra. The next release of the complete results will be on March 14 and the next release of the first results, related to the first quarter of 2024, will be on May 9.


Keywords: Abate de bovinos e suínos cresce no 4º trimestre de 2023



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