Bahrain - Animal husbandry
Most domestic meat consumption is supplied through imports of live cattle, goats, and sheep. About 13,000 head of cattle, 17,000 sheep, and 16,000 goats were kept for milk and meat production in 1999. A thriving poultry industry provided 5,000 tons of meat and 3,000 tons of eggs in 1999. Dairy farming has recently been expanded, and a national dairy pasteurization plant has been established in order to centralize all milk processing and distribution. In 1999, milk production from 7,000 cows totaled 14,000 tons. An abattoir that opened in 1984 slaughters imported sheep and cattle.