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Livestock production

Animal Products are a monthly, quarterly and annual measurement of total animal production, as well as of the main animal products. The statistics are stated in DKK million. and as quantity and price indices distributed by product groups.

Data description

These statistics give a picture of the total animal production in Danish agriculture.

Quantity and price indices for animal products are calculated monthly, quarterly and annually by commodity group, as volume index and price index.

Total values ​​for animal agricultural products are calculated quarterly and annually as total sales value in millions DDK crones as well as as volume index and price index.

Natural milk

The volume and sales value for natural milk includes the value of the total weighted milk quantity at dairy companies, producers' own consumption and sales directly to consumers. The figures given indicate the sales values ​​obtained, including any super taxes charged under milk quotation schemes as well as general production taxes, etc. Read more in the documentation of statistic Milk and Dairy Products.

Organic milk

Volume and price indices for organic milk is exclusively milk which is weighed at the dairies as organic milk.

Eggs for human consumption

The sales value for eggs for human consumption includes the sale of chicken eggs for human consumption, including the producers' own consumption and the sales of human eggs directly to consumers. Read more in the documentation of statistic Eggs Production.

Cattle, pigs, poultry, sheep, horses and sheep

The sales value for meat and live animals includes for the individual livestock species both the animals slaughtered in Denmark and the value ex-producer for the exported live slaughter animals. In addition, the sales value of breeding and domestic animals ex-producer for the animals exported, while the sale of these animals between farmers is not included, even if this sale takes place through intermediaries (eg the piglet sale). In the calculation of the sales value for cattle and pigs, costs for the disposal of dead animals are deducted. Read more in the documentation of statistic Slaughter Animals and Meat Production.

Fur Animal

The Danish Fur Breeders Association calculates this year's production of fur at the fur farms in Denmark and the value is obtained by using the average auction prices (hammer prices) minus the producers' sales tax. Read more in the documentation of statistic Fur Animal Production.


The game management's estimate of the hunting yield forms the basis for the calculation of the production of game meat and the value of the meat is set at the same price as beef.

Other animal products

Other animal products include the sale of honey, the hiring of bees, wool and the export of hatching eggs. The value of honey is set at the same price as the exported honey in foreign trade, while the amount is set at 1,500 tons. The value of wool production is estimated as the number of sheep in the Agricultural Census the previous year multiplied by DKK 50 per head. animals. Information on exports of hatching eggs comes from Foreign Trade, where the value is set at 80 per cent. of the value in foreign trade.

Classification system

Quantity and price indices for animal agricultural products are divided into product groups containing the categories: - Natural milk - Organic milk - Consumption eggs - Cattle - Pigs - Poultry - Horses - Sheep - Furry - Wild - Other animal products

Sector coverage

Agricultural sector.

Statistical concepts and definitions

Natural Milk: Natural milk is the untreated milk from the cow, which are deliver to the dairy or used for feed or for human consumption at the farm.

Poultry Meat: Meat from poultry (slaughtered chickens, hens, ducks, geese and turkeys).

Horse Meat: Meat from horses.

Beef and Veal: Beef and veal from all categories of cattle.

Slaughtering of Animals at Producers: Slaughtering of animals at producers not at a certificated slaughterhouse.

Production of Meat: The production of meat is estimated on the basis of the number of slaughtered animals and average slaughtered weight for each category of animals. The total production of meat comprises meat from recognized slaughtering and the production of edible offal.

Carcass Weight: The weight of the slaughtered livestock's cold body

Carcass: The term carcass means the body of an animal after slaughter and dressing.

Pork Meat: Meat from all categories of pigs (pigs, sows, boars, pigs for slaughtering, young female pigs etc.).

Game Meat: Meat from game.

Statistical unit

The units in the statistics are production groups within the animal production, milk, meat including cattle, pigs, sheep, horses, poultry and game, eggs, fur animals and other animal products.

Statistical population

Livestock production.

Reference area


Time coverage

These statistics cover the period from1995 onwards. The statistics cover the period from 1990 onwards. However, statistics can be found at the beginning of the 20th century, where it has been possible to compare time series. Old data can be fond in Landbrug 1999-2011, Landbrugsstatistik 1998-1959 and Landbrugsstatistik 1900-1965

Base period

Quantity and price indices are compiled with five different base periods, including:

  • 1995=100
  • 2000=100
  • 2005=100
  • 2010=100
  • 2015=100

Unit of measure

Quantities and prices are compiled as indices. Sales value, total is measured as DKK million.

Reference period

Month, quarter and year.

Frequency of dissemination

Monthly, quarterly and annual

Legal acts and other agreements

Law on Statistics Denmark § 8 secures the legal ground for collecting the data.

Cost and burden

There is no response burden as the data are collected from existing sources.


Further information can be find on the subject page Livestock production or can be obtained on request by contacting Statistics Denmark directly