Number of cattle, pigs in S. Korea up in Q4

SEJONG-- The number of livestock in South Korea rose on-year in the fourth quarter of 2017 due to more calves being bred, government data showed Thursday.

The data by Statistics Korea revealed there were just under 2.99 million cattle in the country at the end of last year, up 1.1 percent or 33,000 head from a year earlier. Pigs were up 1.4 percent or 147,000 on-year.

The rise in cattle was because of more calves being bred at farms.

Compared to the year before, the steady rise in prices caused more cattle and sows to be bred, which pushed up overall numbers, the statistics office said.

There were some 7.53 million ducks in the country at the end of last year, down 7.1 percent or 579,000 from a year earlier.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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