Animal slaughtering

25,155,221 animals slaughtered in August

Agriculture & fishery
25,155,221 animals slaughtered in August

70,386 bovine animals were slaughtered in September 2018. The number of slaughtered pigs was 901,016 animals, and the number of slaughtered chickens amounted to 24,099,091 units.

In 2017, 26.12 million animals on average were slaughtered on a monthly basis. That is what emerged from the slaughtering figures for 2017 published by Statbel, the Belgian statistical office. In terms of weight, pigs account for the largest share (59 %, 912,000 pigs on average on a monthly basis). Chickens register the highest numbers, with an average of 25 million chickens slaughtered per month. More...

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



300.50 million chickens slaughtered in 2017

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