Quarterly Livestock Surveys – first results – indicate decrease in slaughter of cattle and increase in slaughter of hogs, pigs and chicken in Q2 2021

August 12, 2021 09h00 AM | Last Updated: August 13, 2021 12h35 PM

The first results of the animal production in the 2nd quarter of 2021 indicate, compared to the 2nd quarter of 202, that cattle slaughter decreased 4.5%, whereas that of hogs and pigs increased 7.1% and that of chicken expanded 7.4%.

Compared to the 1st quarter of 2021, cattle slaughter increased 7.7% and the slaughter of hogs and pigs increased 3.2%, while chicken slaughter fell 3.0%.

Milk acquisition was 5.80 billion liters, decrease of 1.2% in comparison with Q2 2020 and reduction of 11.5% compared to Q1 2021.

Conversely, the acquisition of rawhide pieces by tanneries increased 2.6% compared to the same quarter a year ago and 6.2% in relation to the previous quarter, totaling 7.51 million whole units of rawhide pieces.

In the 2nd quarter this year, 977 million dozen hen eggs were produced, an increase of 0.1% compared with Q2 2020 and reduction of 0.1% over Q1 2021.

Animal slaughter, milk acquisition, rawhide acquisition and hen egg production 2020 2021 2021 Change (%)
Q2 Q1 Q2 1_3 2_3
1 2 3
Number of slaughtered animals (thousand head)
Cattle 7 403 6 561 7 067 -4.5 7.7
Hogs and Pigs 12 169 12 622 13 030 7.1 3.2
Chicken 1 414 209 1 566 265 1 519 490 7.4 -3.0
Carcass weight (metric tons)
Cattle 1 906 359 1 721 944 1 869 552 -1.9 8.6
Hogs and Pigs 1 110 445 1 156 053 1 216 409 9.5 5.2
Chicken 3 242 860 3 661 232 3 583 073 10.5 -2.1
Milk (thousand liters)
Acquired (raw) 5 867 851 6 555 592 5 799 961 -1.2 -11.5
Industrialized 5 856 782 6 545 600 5 796 188 -1.0 -11.4
Leather (thousand units)
Acquired (raw) 7 317 7 068 7 505 2.6 6.2
Tanned 7 055 6 863 7 506 6.4 9.4
Eggs (thousand dozens)
Production 975 674 978 250 977 003 0.1 -0.1
Source: IBGE, Diretoria de Pesquisas, Coordenação de Agropecuária, Pesquisa Trimestral do Abate de Animais, Pesquisa Trimestral do Leite, Pesquisa Trimestral do Couro e Produção de Ovos de Galinha. 
Notas:
1. Data on Q2 2021 refer to the first results of the respective surveys.
2. The first results of the quarterly livestock surveys started being released on Q1 2018 just for Brazil. They are preliminary data, which might undergo changes up to the release of the results of the reference quarter.  
3. Data for 2021 are preliminary until the release of Q1 2022 data.

Cattle slaughter falls 4.5% in annual comparison

In the 2nd quarter of 2021, 7.07 million cattle head were slaughter under some sanitary inspection service. This amount represented decrease of 4.5% over the 2nd quarter of 2020 and increase of 7.7% compared to the 1st quarter of 2021.

The production of 1.87 million metric tons of cattle carcasses in the 2nd quarter of represented a 1.9% retraction over the same quarter a year ago and increase of 8.6% over the rate of the 1st quarter of 2021.

Slaughter of hogs and pigs grows in both comparisons

The slaughter of hogs and pigs totaled 13.03 million head in the 2nd quarter of 2021, representing increase of 7.1% compared to the same quarter a year ago and of 3.2% compared to the 1st quarter of 2021.

The cumulative weight of carcasses recorded 1.22 million metric tons in the 2nd quarter of 2021, which is an increase of 9.5% in relation to the 2nd quarter of 2020 and of 5.2% in comparison with the previous quarter.

Chicken slaughter rises over last year

In the 2nd quarter of 2021, 1.52 billion chicken head were slaughtered. This result meant increase of 7.4% over the same period a year ago and retraction of 3.0%  in the comparison with the 1st quarter of  2021.

The cumulative weight of carcasses recorded 3.58 million metric tons in the 2nd quarter of 2021, which is an increase of 10.5% in relation to the 2nd quarter of 2020 and of 2.1% in comparison with the previous quarter.

Milk acquisition down in both comparisons

The acquisition of raw milk carried out by establishments under some king of sanitary inspection (municipal, state or federal) was of 5.80 billion liters in the second quarter of 2021. The amount corresponds to a 1.2% decrease over the volume recorded in Q2 2020 and a 11.5% drop compared to the previous quarter.

Leather acquisition up in both comparisons

The tanneries declared having received 7.51 million whole pieces of cattle rawhide in the 2nd quarter of 2021, which represents an increase of 2.6% compared to that registered in the 2nd quarter of 2020 and 6.2% in relation to the preceding quarter.

The tanneries investigated by the Quarterly Survey of Leather are those that tan at least five thousand whole units of cattle rawhide per year.

Hen egg production up in annual comparison

Hen egg production was 977.00 million dozens in Q2 2021, an increase of 0.1% compared to the same period last year and a decrease of 0.1% compared to Q1 of 2021.