Panama: Statistics on Cattle and Pigs

Up to September 2017, the number of head of cattle decreased by 2% compared to the same month in 2016, while pigs increased by 3%.

Friday, February 2, 2018

According to figures from the Livestock Survey, prepared by the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC), as of September 2017 there were 1.5 million cattle, 398 thousand pigs and 25.4 million hens and young chickens. 

See: "Bovine meat market in Central America"

The report indicates that the provinces with the greatest contribution to the cattle herd in the period under study were Chiriquí, with 316,600 head of cattle, representing 20.8%, Veraguas with 239,000 and equivalent to 15.7% of the total and Los Santos, with 216,700, 14.2%.

See also "Central America Consumes More Pork Meat"

Regarding pigs, the largest contributions were from the provinces of Los Santos, with 97,600 pigs, Chiriquí with 61,900 and Veraguas, with 48,200, covering 52% of pigs in the country. 

See also: "Chicken meat market figures in Central America"

In the case of hens, the provinces that recorded the largest stocks were: Western Panama with 10,566,000 heads, Panama with 5,487,900 and Veraguas, with 3,495,900, i.e. 41.5%, 21.6% and 13.7%, respectively, corresponding to 76.9% of the poultry existing in the nation.

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Between January and August 2018 and the same period in 2017, the number of slaughtered cattle remained unchanged, while figures for pork slaughter increased by 11%.

According to the latest report from the Comptroller General of the Republic of Panama in the first eight months of the year, 215,854 heads of cattle were slaughtered, a figure similar to the 215,026 reported in the same period in 2017.

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