Animal slaughtering

26,188,013 animals slaughtered in January 2020

Agriculture & fishery
Animal slaughtering

70,143 bovine animals were slaughtered in January 2020. The number of slaughtered pigs was 985,404 animals, and the number of slaughtered chickens amounted to 25,056,487 units.

In 2019, 25.66 million animals were slaughtered on a monthly basis. That is what emerged from the slaughtering figures for 2019 published by Statbel, the Belgian statistical office. In terms of weight, pigs account for the largest share (59 %, 893,000 pigs on a monthly basis). Chickens register the highest numbers, with 24.6 million chickens slaughtered per month. More...

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Purpose and brief description

Number and slaughtered weight of animals slaughtered in slaughterhouses, approved for consumption.


All slaughterhouses in Belgium



Timing of publication

Results available 2 months after the reference period.


Number (units): Number of animals slaughtererd in a slaughterhouse and approved for human consumption during that month

Slaughtered weight (kg): Weight of the carcass after slaughter (cold weight), totals per animal species for that month