LatinNews Daily - 23 September 2022

In brief: Brazil’s cattle herd reaches record high in 2021

*Brazil’s national statistics institute (Ibge) has released the latest figures for the country’s cattle herd, which show that Brazil reached a total of 224.6m head of cattle in 2021, an increase of 3.1% on 2020. This is the highest figure for any year since records began, in 1974. The municipality of São Felix do Xingu (state of Pará), in the Amazon region, had the biggest herd in the country (2.5m head of cattle). In 2021, Brazilian production of cow’s milk was stable at 35.3bn litres. Brazil is the world’s second largest beef producer and exporter, after the US. In recent years, Brazilian meatpackers have been pressured to ensure that their supply chains are free from deforestation in the Amazon and Cerrado biomes.

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