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7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Jun 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/08/2004   
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JUN QTR KEY FIGURES


TREND ESTIMATES
Jun Qtr 2003
Mar Qtr 2004
Jun Qtr 2004
’000
’000
’000

Number slaughtered
Cattle
1 953.3
1 950.1
1 949.2
Calves
288.5
265.0
250.1
Sheep
2 585.6
2 733.9
3 010.1
Lambs
4 075.3
4 215.1
4 266.7
Pigs
1 443.3
1 385.2
1 372.4
Chickens
104 362.6
104 388.3
102 775.8

Jun Qtr 2003
Mar Qtr 2004
Jun Qtr 2004
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Meat produced
Beef
486 676
506 293
514 173
Veal
9 573
9 034
8 536
Mutton
51 465
58 048
63 451
Lamb
80 851
87 170
88 464
Pig meat
105 949
100 219
99 386
Chicken meat
169 485
170 696
169 298
Wool receivals

104 717

122 517

127 846

Mar Qtr 2003
Dec Qtr 2003
Mar Qtr 2004
ML
ML
ML

Whole milk intake by factories
2 496
2 508
2 529



Graph: Cattle slaughterings, June 2000 to June 2004
Graph: Sheep and lamb slaughterings, June 2000 to June 2004
JUNE QTR KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered in June quarter 2004 remained steady at 1.95 million.
  • The trend estimate for the number of sheep slaughtered in June quarter 2004 increased by 10% to 3.0 million, the third consecutive quarterly increase.
  • In June quarter 2004, the trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered fell slightly to 1.4 million. This was the fifth consecutive quarterly decrease and the lowest quarterly trend estimate since March quarter 2002.
  • The trend estimate for chicken meat production for June quarter 2004 fell slightly to 169,000 tonnes, the lowest quarterly trend estimate since December quarter 2001.


NOTES


CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

A feature article on seasonal and trend influences in lamb slaughterings data has been included in this issue.


FORTHCOMING CHANGES

There are no forthcoming changes.


ABBREVIATIONS

MLmegalitre
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FURTHER INFORMATION

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED: Trend


CATTLE (EXCLUDING CALVES)

The trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered in June quarter 2004 remained steady at 1.9 million. The proportion of female cattle slaughtered has fallen below 50% for the third consecutive quarter as some producers begin rebuilding their herds.

Graph: Number of cattle slaughtered, June 1996 to June 2004



CALVES

The trend estimate for the number of calves slaughtered in June quarter 2004 fell by 6% to 250,000.

Graph: Number of calves slaughtered, June 1996 to June 2004



SHEEP AND LAMBS

The trend estimate for the number of sheep slaughtered in June quarter 2004 increased by 10% to 3.0 million and the number of lambs slaughtered increased marginally to 4.3 million. Lack of widespread autumn rains critical for pasture growth saw many regions slip back into drought conditions.

Graph: Number of sheep and lambs slaughtered, June 1996 to June 2004



PIGS

The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered fell marginally to 1.4 million in June quarter 2004. Falling domestic consumption and cheaper imports continue to impact on the industry.

Graph: Number of pigs slaughtered, June 1996 to June 2004



MEAT PRODUCTION: Trend


BEEF

In June quarter 2004, the trend estimate for beef production rose by 2% to 514,000 tonnes.
Graph: Beef production, June 1996 to June 2004



MUTTON AND LAMB

The trend estimate for mutton production in June quarter 2004 rose by 9% to 63,500 tonnes. The trend estimate for lamb production rose marginally to 88,500 tonnes.

Graph: Mutton and lamb production, June 1996 to June 2004



TOTAL RED MEAT

The trend estimate for red meat production rose by 2% to 774,000 tonnes in June quarter 2004, with increases reported for beef, mutton and lamb production.

Graph: Total red meat production, June 1996 to June 2004



CHICKEN MEAT

The trend estimate for chicken meat production in June quarter 2004 fell slightly to 169,000 tonnes, the lowest quarterly trend estimate since December quarter 2001.
Graph: Chicken meat production, June 1996 to June 2004



LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS: Trend


WHOLE MILK INTAKE BY FACTORIES

An improvement in seasonal conditions in March quarter 2004 saw the trend estimate for whole milk intake by factories increase marginally to 2.5 billion litres.
Graph: Whole milk intake by factories, March 1996 to March 2004



BROKERS AND DEALERS RECEIVALS OF TAXABLE WOOL

The trend estimate for wool receivals by brokers and dealers for June quarter 2004 rose by 4% to 128,000 tonnes.

Graph: Wool receivals, June 1996 to June 2004



LIVESTOCK EXPORTS: Original


EXPORTS OF LIVE SHEEP

Live sheep exports fell by 34% to 678,000 in June quarter 2004, due to the tight domestic supply of sheep and high saleyard prices. The gross value of live sheep exports fell by 35% to $44.7 million, with unit value dropping marginally to $65.99.

Graph: Live sheep exports, June 2000 to June 2004



EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE

Increased demand in Asian markets saw live cattle exports rise by 75% to 169,000 in June quarter 2004. The gross value of live cattle exports rose by 74%, to $95.2 million. Unit value remained steady at $563.84.

Graph: Live cattle exports, June 2000 to June 2004


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