Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Russian output of meat and byproducts rose 4.4 percent to 1.2 million metric tons last year, the Federal State Statistics Service said.
Beef production dropped 12 percent to 183,000 tons and pork output gained 10 percent to 812,000 tons, the service, known as Rosstat, said in a statement today. Output of poultry and byproducts, tallied separately, increased 8.5 percent to almost 3 million tons.
The national cattle herd rose 0.5 percent to 20.1 million head at the end of December, Rosstat said. That included 8.9 million cows, up 1.2 percent from a year earlier. Numbers of other animals rose 0.7 percent to 17.3 million for pigs, gained 2.7 percent to 22.4 million for sheep and goats, and climbed 4.8 percent to 471 million for chickens, the statement showed.
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