Russia’s Agriculture Ministry has reported that Russian farms had a total of 29.8 million head of cattle as of June 1 this year, a fall of 0.3% compared with the same date last year, according to the RIA Novosti news agency. The production of livestock and poultry for slaughter in the first five months of this year totalled 2.4 million tonnes liveweight, a year-on-year rise of 3.7%.