Livestock survey

To determine the stock of pigs, sheep and goats on the reference date 1 December, about 7 000 agricultural holdings are selected annually in the course of the livestock survey by means of stratified random sampling and are surveyed directly. On the basis of the stock reports of the surveyed units, state and federal stocks are determined by extrapolation after completion of the associated plausibility procedure.

The results obtained in this way not only serve to fulfill related EU-wide reporting obligations, but also form an important data basis for the compilation of the economic accounts for agriculture, supply balances and gross indigenous production forecasts.

Based on the Livestock Statistics Regulation (Federal Law Gazette II No. 163/2012 as amended – available in German language only), Statistics Austria is obliged to carry out the sample survey and to determine the number of pigs, sheep and goats on the reference date 1 December 2022. This survey is carried out throughout the EU according to uniform criteria and is based on Regulation (EC) No. 1165/2008 on the submission of livestock and meat statistics.

Comprehensive data protection information on this survey can be found on our data protection sheet (available in German language only). Statistical confidentiality and the protection of personal data are among our most important principles, to which we are legally bound by the Federal Statistics Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act (Federal Law Gazette I No. 165/1999 as amended).

According to § 9 of the Livestock Statistics Regulation (available in German language only) and § 9 of the Federal Statistics Act 2000 (Federal Law Gazette I No. 163/1999 as amended), there is an obligation to provide information! All selected farmers, including former farmers, are obliged to provide information and to cooperate both in this survey and in determining the new person obliged to provide information.

The data must be provided in time, completely and truthfully. The collected data are subject to confidentiality according to § 17 of the Federal Statistics Act 2000. The use for fiscal purposes is excluded. According to Livestock Statistics Regulation § 12 of Federal Law Gazette II No. 163/2012 or § 66 of the Federal Statistics Act refusal to provide information or knowingly providing incomplete information shall be punished as an administrative offense.

The questionnaire shall indicate the stock on the reference date 1 December 2022 of

  • pigs
  • sheep
  • goats
  • or the number of non-examined slaughterings of pigs in the period from 2 December 2021 to 1 December 2022.

In case of a zero report, the questionnaire must be returned with a corresponding comment.

The required survey documents were sent by mail to about 7 000 agricultural holdings selected on the basis of a stratified random sample. The completed questionnaire must be returned to Statistics Austria by 20 December 2022 at the latest (also in case of a zero report).

Regardless of their further use, all animals of the surveyed categories kept on the agricultural holding (even short-term) are considered part of the "stock on the reference date" and must be included.

The livestock survey on 1 December 2022 can be conducted online using the eQuest-web application. The required access data was sent by mail. When accessing for the first time, you must change the password. For more information, please visit the VIS website (available in German language only).


The web questionnaire "Livestock Survey 2022" can be filled out directly online, no download is required (available in German language only).

  • When entering the data, specific checks are carried out and implausible entries are indicated by means of warnings and errors.
  • The questionnaire completion can be interrupted at any time and continued at a later point in time as long as the data are saved. In general, data entries should be saved regularly in order to prevent any data loss.
  • Only after clicking on the “Report Questionnaire” button and receiving the associated confirmation that the questionnaire has been sent, the questionnaire is considered to be submitted to the system of Statistics Austria.

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Last updated on 2023-08-03.
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