The numbers released by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), through the preliminary results of the Livestock Production Statistics this Thursday (9), point to a notable increase in the number of cattle, chickens and pigs slaughtered in the third quarter of this year. This increase stands out both in comparison with the immediately previous quarter and in relation to the same period last year.
With regard to cattle, slaughter registered 8.85 million heads, representing a growth of 5.8% compared to the previous quarter and 11.1% compared to the same period in 2022. This livestock production resulted in a total of 2.36 million tons of beef carcasses.
In the poultry sector, chicken slaughter reached the mark of 1.58 billion animals, indicating an increase of 1.4% compared to the previous quarter and 3.1% compared to the third quarter of the previous year. This production generated a total of 3.31 million tons of carcasses.
As for pigs, there was a 3.7% growth in slaughter compared to the previous quarter, totaling 14.60 million slaughters in the period from July to September. This represented an increase of 0.5% compared to the same period last year, with accumulated carcass weight reaching 1.37 million tonnes.
In addition to data on animal slaughter, the IBGE survey also presents information on the acquisition of raw milk, which reached the mark of 6.20 billion liters in the third quarter. This number reveals an increase of 8.4% compared to the previous quarter and an increase of 0.8% in the annual comparison.
The production of chicken eggs reached 1.06 billion dozen in the third quarter, showing an increase of 1% compared to the previous quarter and 1.9% in the annual comparison.
Another highlight of the survey was the quantity of pieces of raw bovine hide received by tanneries, totaling 8.63 million pieces in the period from July to September. This value represented growth of 3% compared to the previous quarter and 6.6% compared to the third quarter of last year.