Press release: 12.309-149/20

Meat consumption declined in 2019, manufacturing of animal products sunk by 1%

Vienna, 2020-08-28 – In 2019, Austria's agriculture produced about 910 300 tons of meat calculated in carcass weight (±0% compared to the previous year), 3.82 million tons of cow, sheep and goat milk (-1%), 2.09 billion eggs (+1%) and 4 400 tons of fish (±0%), as Statistics Austria's supply balance sheets show. Thus, the total production quantity of animal products consisted of 4.86 million tons in 2019 (-1% against 2018).

Domestic consumption amounted to 832 600 tons of meat (93.8 kg per capita), 729 600 tons of drinking milk (82.2 kg per capita), 2.15 billion eggs (242 pieces per capita) and 69 900 tons of fish (7.9 kg per capita).

To meet domestic demand, 377 200 tons of meat (+2%), 68 200 tons of drinking milk including yoghurt (+5%), 125 800 tons of cheese (+4%) and 74 400 tons of fish (+1%) were imported. However, 517 500 tons of meat (+3%), 532 500 tons of drinking milk (+2%) and 153 200 tons of cheese (+1%) were exported during the same period.

The degree of self-sufficiency was 170% for drinking milk, 113% for cheese, 109% for meat, 86% for eggs and 69% for butter.

The total agricultural foreign trade volume (for both crop and animal sector) amounted to 25.0 bn euros (imports: 12.7 bn euros; exports: 12.3 bn euros). This corresponds to a share of 8.0% of the total foreign trade volume (311.3 bn euros).

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