Press release: 12.423-014/21

Poultry production 2020: more eggs for hatching and more slaughterings

Vienna, 2021-01-28 – In 2020, hatcheries subject to reporting requirements reported a total of 132.5 million chicken eggs for hatching, according to Statistics Austria. This represents an increase of 5.7% compared to the previous year. The number of eggs for fattening breeds rose by 6.0% to 108.2 million; eggs for laying breeds increased by 4.2% to 24.3 million.

Accordingly, the number of hatched chicks for fattening purpose amounted to 84.9 million (+4.0% compared to 2019) while those for laying purpose increased to 19.0 million (+1.5%) (see table 1).

Furthermore, slaughterhouses subject to reporting requirements slaughtered 98.0 million chickens in 2020, by 8.0% more than in 2019. The volume of chicken meat in processed form reached 125 000 tonnes, 8.2% more than in the previous year. Around 44.6% of the total slaughter volume (2019: 44.2%) 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 Numbers on turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea fowls and chicken for mixed meat and laying use will not be published for data protection reasons.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 2020
 20192020Change in %
Eggs for hatching in pieces125 335 939132 483 067+5.7
   for laying purpose23 310 82324 293 218+4.2
   for fattening purpose102 025 116108 189 849+6.0
Hatched chicks in head100 316 741103 845 364+3.5
   for laying purpose – female9 280 0909 435 787+1.7
   for laying purpose – male9 399 9029 532 910+1.4
   for fattening purpose81 636 74984 876 667+4.0
Table 2: Chicken slaughterings 2020
Chicken slaughterings20192020Change in %
In head90 701 99197 990 945+8.0
Weight in kg115 511 521124 997 621+8.2
   plucked and gutted49 18245 441-7.6
   ready to roast/grill (incl. giblets)25 508 25428 772 594+12.8
   ready to roast/grill (excl. giblets)30 920 00530 972 179+0.2
   meat, parts51 073 94755 801 715+9.3
   meat, boneless7 960 1339 405 692+18.2

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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