SEJONG, April 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The number of livestock in South Korea rose on-year in the first quarter of 2018 due to more calves being bred, government data showed Thursday.
The data by Statistics Korea revealed there were just under 2.91 million cattle in the country at the end of March, up 0.9 percent, or 27,000 head, from a year earlier. Pigs were up 1.4 percent, or 152,000, on-year to 11.15 million.
The rise in the number of cattle was caused by more calves being bred in the country in the wake of price hikes, the data showed.
Compared with a year before, higher market demand caused more cattle and sows to be bred, which pushed up overall numbers, the statistics office said.
There were some 5.47 million ducks in the country at the end of March, down 1.8 percent, or 100,000, from a year earlier.