Some 404 million kilograms of meat was produced last year, just under two per cent more than in 2015. Boosted by the growth in the production of broiler meat, meat production increased to record levels. In contrast, pork production fell and beef production increased only slightly from the previous year.
Egg production was also greater than the previous year, whereas milk production declined. These figures are based on statistics produced by the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).
Poultry meat production increased
“Poultry meat production continued to grow and rose again to a new record level, just over 125 million kilos. Seven per cent more broiler meat was produced than in the previous year. Turkey meat production also grew. Over 90 per cent of poultry meat is broiler meat,” says Senior Actuary Sanna Vuorisalo of Luke.
Beef production increased slightly to just under 87 million kilograms. The number of slaughtered bulls fell, but those of cows and heifers increased. At its highest level, beef production totalled around 125 million kilograms in the mid-1980s.
Pork production amounted to just over 190 million kilograms, one per cent less than in the previous year. Pork production was at its height – at more than 217 million kilograms – in 2008.
Highest number of eggs since 1995
Egg production grew for the fifth consecutive year and totalled just over 72 million kilograms. Organic and cage egg production increased, while the number of barn and free-range eggs fell. A total of 63 per cent of all eggs were produced in enriched battery cages, 32 per cent came from barn and free-range hen houses, and five per cent were organic.
Less milk than in the previous year
Milk production began to decline slightly last year and amounted to 2,359 million litres. This quantity includes milk consumed on farms. Production increased by one per cent in the first half and fell by a couple of per cent in the second half of the year. Organic milk production continued to grow. A total of 55 million litres of organic milk was produced, just over a couple of per cent more than in the previous year.
The decline in the number of milk producers accelerated last year. The number of milk producers was just over 7,300 at the end of last year, seven per cent less than in the corresponding period of the previous year. In addition, the number of dairy cows decreased; the number of cows slightly exceeded 275,000 at the beginning of December.