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Meat Production Survey - Sheep and Cattle Western Australia
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    Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

    Agriculture Western Australia (along with Industry bodies) approached the ABS with a request for data from Western Australia sheep and beef meat producers.
    The ABS collected supplementary information from approximately 1,100 agricultural establishments in Western Australia which reported information on sheep and/or beef cattle in the 1996-97 Agricultural Census. It is a one-off two phased survey, in which a mailed questionnaire was used to collect the data.
    The survey provided these industries with comprehensive, accurate information on the future production and turn-off intentions of producers, along with an up-to-date, i.e timely, picture of levels (and changes in levels) of stocks held.

    Information collected included:

    • number of sheep held on the property
    • number of beef cattle for meat production held on the property
    • lambing and calving expectations
    • turn-off and marketing options by month for
    (a) sheep and cattle for slaughter; and
    (b) sheep intended for live export.

    The results of the survey were used to determine the future intentions of Western Australian sheep and beef meat producers in relation to the level of production, time of turn-off, and marketing options. This information is necessary for the planning activities of producers, processors, marketing companies, agro-political bodies and government agencies.

    The scope was restricted to those agricultural establishments in Western Australia who reported either beef and/or cattle on the 1996-97 Agriculture Census (and are still in business).


    Conceptual framework
    Units on the business register with an Area of Holding and Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations (EVAO) of greater than $5000, who reported information on sheep and/or beef cattle in the 1996-97 Agricultural Census (Western Australian units only).

    Main outputs
    Estimates of (State) totals for Turn-off options along with number of contributors to each question.
    Estimates of (State) totals for breeding expectations along with number of contributors to each question.
    Estimates of (State) totals for stock held on the property.
    Output was an estimate, in table format, of each "commodity" included in the survey, for each of the two phases.
    Final tables in hard-copy format and electronic format of the estimated final data at the State level was supplied to the client.

    A - Geographical (Australian Statistical Geographical Classification)
    B - Industry (Australian and New Zealand Standard Industry Classification )
    C - Size ( Area of Holding, Estimated Value of Agricultural Operations)

    Other concepts (summary)
    N/A - Survey has ceased

    Western Australia

    Comments and/or Other Regions
    not applicable

    Once Only

    Frequency comments
    The survey is a one-off.

    1998 - One-off initial cycle in Western Australia only
    Survey has not been run since 1998


    Data availability comments
    ABS supplied tables of estimates to the client. No general publication was produced, but output was available to other users.

    15/09/2004 02:32 PM

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