Number of pigs declines in Dec.: data

SEJONG, Jan. 13 (Yonhap) -- The number of pigs being raised in South Korea declined in December compared with three months earlier due in part to a rise in slaughtering, data showed Monday.

The number stood at 9.91 million as of Dec. 1, down 2.7 percent, or about 276,000, from September's tally, according to the data provided by Statistics Korea.

The decline is attributed partly to a rise in slaughtering of pigs to meet demand for pork.

The number of hanwoo, Korean native cattle, and beef cattle came to 2.92 million, down 4.1 percent, or 125,000, from three months earlier.

The number of egg-laying chickens increased 3.4 percent or 2.15 million over the same period to 64.82 million, according to the data.

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