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Germany: Number of organic livestock farms on the rise

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Source:, 29 July 2021, photo credit: Soil Association

According to the final results of the 2020 agricultural census of the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), the number of organic farms has increased by 41%, rising from 12,300 to 17,300 in the last ten years. Overall, in 2020, a tenth of the 168,800 German farms were organic (6% in 2010).

More specifically, in 2020 there were 13,000 organic cattle farms (+34% compared to 2010), with 861,300 animals; 5,400 organic chicken farms, with about 8,296,900 animals (5% of the total chicken inventory nationwide in 2020; 3% in 2010); 2,700 organic sheep farms, with 243,800 sheep (13% of the total sheep inventory); 1,900 organic goat farms, with 51,400 animals (33% of the total goat inventory); and 1,600 organic pig farms, with a 36% increase in the number of pigs between 2010 and 2020 (from 156,300 to 212,500 animals), representing just under 1% of the total pig inventory.

July 14, 2021/ Destatis/ Germany.


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