The number of cattle, chickens and pigs slaughtered in the third quarter of this year increased both in relation to the immediately previous quarter and in comparison to the same period last year. There were 8.85 million heads of cattle; 1.58 billion chickens and 14.60 million pigs.
The numbers are part of preliminary results from the Livestock Production Statistics, released this Thursday (9) by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE).
In the third quarter, 8.85 million heads of cattle were slaughtered, an increase of 5.8% compared to the second quarter of this year and 11.1% compared to the same period in 2022. This livestock production represents 2.36 million tons of beef carcasses.
Chickens and pigs
Chicken slaughter reached 1.58 billion animals, an increase of 1.4% compared to the second quarter of this year and 3.1% compared to the third quarter of 2022. There were 3.31 million tons of carcasses.
The number of pigs slaughtered grew 3.7% in the comparison between immediately consecutive quarters. There were 14.60 million from July to September, which represents an increase of 0.5% compared to the same period in 2022. The accumulated weight of carcasses registered 1.37 million tons.
Milk and eggs
The IBGE survey also provides information on products of animal origin. The acquisition of raw milk by establishments that operate under some type of health inspection reached 6.20 billion liters in the third quarter, an increase of 8.4% compared to the second quarter and 0.8% in the annual comparison.
Chicken egg production was 1.06 billion dozen in the third quarter. Increase of 1% in the comparison between immediately consecutive quarters and 1.9% in the annual comparison.
The survey also showed that tanneries that work on tanning at least 5,000 whole units of raw bovine hide per year declared having received 8.63 million pieces of leather from July to September. This amount represents an increase of 3% compared to the immediately previous quarter and 6.6% compared to the third quarter of last year.