The organisation said the rise was due to enhanced pork and poultry meat production, and noted a decline in beef production.
With over 5.6mt, pigmeat production increased by 2%, largely due to a 1.5% rise in numbers and a 2.8% rise in slaughterings of domestic pigs. “The number of pigs fattened abroad, but slaughtered in Germany decreased by 11.9% (-623,100 animals),” VDF added.
As cattle slaughterings dropped by 2%, beef production went down 2.7% to 1.2mt in 2011.
Poultry meat production experienced a 3.1% increase to 1.4mt. VDF said: “This accounted for a broiler meat production growth of 6.3% to 853,600 tonnes.”
Pork represented 68.1% of overall meat production in 2011, followed by poultry (17.4%) and beef (14.2%), the association added.