Quarterly statistics of livestock farming (until 2015)
Statistical activity code: 21204
Number of cattle, pigs, sheep, goats and poultry; production of meat, milk and eggs.
Number of livestock as at the last day of the quarter.
Births and slaughterings of livestock in the quarter.
Estonian Classifcation of Economic Activities (EMTAK 2008) based on NACE Rev. 2
Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)
Agricultural holdings, agricultural small units
Agricultural holding – a single unit both technically and economically, which has single management and which produces agricultural products or maintains its land which is no longer used for production purposes in good agricultural and environmental condition, where:
- there is at least one hectare of utilised agricultural land or
- there is less than one hectare of utilised agricultural land but agricultural products are produced mainly for sale.
Units where agricultural products are not produced but only land is maintained in good agricultural and environmental condition are included from 2007.
Agricultural small unit – unit, which has less than one hectare of utilised agricultural land, but at least 50 m² vegetable area or three fruit trees or six berry bushes or ten rabbits or ten domestic fowls or other agricultural animals or three beehives and agricultural products are produced mainly for own consumption.
Agricultural holdings who have farm animals
Quarterly pig and poultry surveys will cover only the most important and largest enterprises as the production in these fields is very concentrated, the production of smaller holdings is not characterized by high seasonality as in case of larger holdings and data delivery is a high burden for smaller holdings. For estimating the egg production the use of data from packaging centres will be investigated.
List of agricultural holdings who have pigs and poultry. The list is generated from the statistical register of agricultural holdings.
Estonia as a whole
Number of animals and poultry at the end of the quarter
Births of animals – number
Number of animals and poultry sold for slaughter and slaughtered other than in slaughterhouses
Production of eggs – thousand pieces
Slaughter weight of animals and poultry sold to slaughterhouses and slaughtered other than in slaughterhouses – ton
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Data serve as input for statistical activities 21207 „Economic accounts for agriculture”, 21209 „Handling statistical farm register” and 50101 „Estonian regional development”.
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Ministry of Agriculture
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The type of survey and the data collection methods ensure sufficient coverage and timeliness.
The sampling error is not estimated.
We try to reduce non-sampling errors through continous methodological improvements and survey process improvements, incl. through minimizing under- and overcoverage of the frame.
Total population involves 15,800 objects. The sample size and design for 2015 is under decision.
The data on the number and slaughterings of cattle, sheep and goats are received from the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board (PRIA).
The data on milk production is received from Estonian Animal Recording Centre.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
Data from statistical activity 21216 „Survey of agricultural household plots” are used.
Data are collected through eSTAT (the web channel for electronic data submission) and from administrative data sources. eSTAT is also used to monitor the completion of questionnaires. The questionnaires have been designed for completion in eSTAT by the respondents themselves and they include instructions and controls. The questionnaires and information about data submission are available on Statistics Estonia’s website at http://www.stat.ee/andmete-esitamine (in Estonian). Data are collected with the quarterly statistical questionnaires „Loomakasvatus. Linnud” ja „Loomakasvatus. Sead”.
Arithmetic and qualitative controls are used in the validation process, including comparison with the data of previous periods or other surveys and with administrative data sources.
The data on cattle, sheep and goats are collected by the Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board in the Register of Agricultural Animals. The data on milk production are collected by the Animal Recording Centre. The data on pigs and poultry are collected from agricultural holdings.
Weights are calculated for the statistical units which are used to expand the data of the sample survey to the population. For estimating population totals, the sample data on agricultural holdings are grossed up separately in each stratum. The expansion factor is the ratio of each subpopulation to the number of respondents in that stratum. In case of missing or unreliable data, the estimates are imputed according to the relevant guidelines. To compensate for non-response among agricultural holdings in the completely enumerated part of the population, the data are replaced with administrative data, the data for the previous period or the data for similar holdings. The data of agricultural small units are estimated. National aggregates are calculated by adding up the data of agricultural holdings and agricultural small units. The variables which were not collected directly but are required for output generation are calculated. In order to calculate new variables, mathematical expressions are applied to existing variables. The process may be repeated, i.e. a derived variable may be based on other derived new variables.
Microdata are aggregated before analysis. This covers data summarisation according to the classification and the calculation of various statistical indicators (e.g. mean). The indicators to be published are calculated on the basis of the collected data.