Germany - Animal husbandry
The government regulates the marketing of livestock, meat, and some dairy products; it also controls the distribution of livestock for slaughter and meat. Livestock in 2001 included 14,568,000 head of cattle (including five million milk cows), and 25,767,000 hogs, 2,771,000 sheep, 491,000 horses, 108,000,000 chickens, and 9,100,000 turkeys. Milk production amounted to 28.9 million tons in 2000; cheese, 1,743,000 tons; and butter, 421,000 tons. Meat production in 2001 included 4.1 million tons of pork,1.4 million tons of beef, 860,000 tons of poultry, and 46,000 tons of lamb, mutton, and goat. Some 887,000 tons of eggs were produced in 2001. Germany is the leading meat, milk, and honey producer of Europe.