Press release: 12.722-020/22

Poultry production 2021: more eggs for hatching and more slaughterings

Vienna, 2022-01-28 – In 2021, hatcheries subject to reporting requirements reported a total of 133.9 million chicken eggs for hatching, according to Statistics Austria. This represents an increase of 1.0% compared to the previous year. The number of eggs for fattening breeds rose by 1.6% to 109.9 million; eggs for laying breeds declined by 1.5% to 23.9 million.

Accordingly, the number of hatched chicks for fattening purpose amounted to 87.0 million (+2.5% compared to 2020) while those for laying purpose increased to 19.8 million (+4.3%; see table 1).

2.4% more slaughterings than in 2020

Furthermore, slaughterhouses subject to reporting requirements slaughtered 100.3 million chickens in 2021, by 2.4% more than in 2020. The volume of chicken meat in processed form reached 129 000 tonnes, 3.5% more than in the previous year. Around 43.7% of the total slaughter volume (2020: 44.6%) allotted to the processing form "meat, parts" (see table 2).

For more detailed results and further information concerning statistics of hatching eggs please refer to our website.

Information on methods, definitions: In accordance with Federal Law Gazette II No. 356/2003 (in the version currently in force), all slaughterhouses with at least 5 000 poultry slaughterings per year and all hatcheries with a capacity of at least 1 000 hatching eggs are subject to this survey. Numbers on turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea fowls and chicken for mixed meat and laying use will not be published for data protection reasons.

 

Table 1: Eggs for hatching and hatched chicks 2021
 20202021Change in %
Eggs for hatching in pieces132 483 067133 870 459+1.0
   for laying purpose24 293 21823 933 836-1.5
   for fattening purpose108 189 849109 936 623+1.6
Hatched chicks in head103 845 364106 772 512+2.8
   for laying purpose18 968 69719 782 358+4.3
   for fattening purpose84 876 66786 990 154+2.5
Table 2: Chicken slaughterings 2021
Chicken slaughterings20202021Change in %
In head97 990 945100 312 592+2.4
Weight in kg124 997 621129 387 899+3.5
   plucked and gutted45 44142 808-5.8
   ready to roast/grill (incl. giblets)28 772 59430 845 740+7.2
   ready to roast/grill (excl. giblets)30 972 17932 150 023+3.8
   meat, parts55 801 71556 523 717+1.3
   meat, boneless9 405 6929 825 611+4.5

For further inquiries please contact Directorate Spatial Statistics, Statistics Austria:  
Franz NEUMANN, Tel. +43 1 71128-7120 resp. franz.neumann@statistik.gv.at and 
Martin LIPP, Tel. +43 1 71128-7305 resp. martin.lipp@statistik.gv.at

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