Live­stock pop­u­la­tion rises to al­most 66.5 mil­lion

The UB Post - - Front Page - By B.dUlGUUN

The pre­lim­i­nary re­sults of the an­nual na­tion­wide live­stock cen­sus were re­leased by the Na­tional Sta­tis­tics Of­fice on Thurs­day.

The cen­sus was con­ducted from De­cem­ber 7 to 17 across the coun­try and the pre­lim­i­nary es­ti­mate for live­stock pop­u­la­tion in 2018 is 66.46 mil­lion, mark­ing a 0.4 per­cent in­crease, or 244,700 live­stock, since last year. The Na­tional Sta­tis­tics Of­fice re­ported that the live­stock pop­u­la­tion rose by 4.6 mil­lion to 66.2 mil­lion by the end of 2017.

Over the last 12 months, the num­ber of sheep went up by 443,600 sheep, or 1.5 per­cent; camels in­creased by 25,600, up 5.9 per­cent; and the num­ber of horses re­mained the same as last year, at 3.94 mil­lion. Mean­while, there was a 0.2 per­cent de­crease in both the pop­u­la­tion of cows and goats.

Khu­vs­gul Prov­ince had the most live­stock, fol­lowed by Arkhangai, Uvurkhangai, Tuv and Khen­tii.

Com­pared to 1990, the pop­u­la­tion of goat rose sig­nif­i­cantly. It now makes up 21 per­cent­age points higher por­tion of all live­stock.

The tra­di­tional ap­pro­pri­ate live­stock ra­tio is 75:25, or three sheep for ev­ery goat. How­ever, the lat­est ra­tio has be­come 53 sheep for ev­ery 47 goat.

As of De­cem­ber 2018, there are 230,800 herder fam­i­lies, most of which own 51 to 200 live­stock.

The Na­tional Sta­tis­tics Of­fice said it will pro­vide de­tailed in­for­ma­tion along with the in­te­grated re­sults of the cen­sus.

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