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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, August 2010  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/10/2010   
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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September 2010 9 November 2010
October 2010 7 December 2010
November 2010 17 January 2011
December 2010 8 February 2011



INTRODUCTION

This publication presents statistics on livestock slaughterings and meat production. These statistics are based on a monthly collection from abattoirs and other major slaughtering establishments. More detailed information on this series can be obtained by referring to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) quarterly publication, Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).

Additional time series spreadsheets containing state/territory and national data are available from the Downloads tab for this publication. These spreadsheets contain original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for slaughtering and meat production for bulls, bullocks and steers, cows and heifers, cattle (excluding calves), calves, sheep, lambs and pigs.

The ABS welcomes any comments from readers regarding the usefulness, range and quality of the statistics presented in this publication. Comments can be forwarded to: The Environment and Agriculture Business Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, GPO Box 66, Hobart TAS 7001. Alternatively email <agriculture.statistics@abs.gov.au> or phone (03) 6222 5939.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
  • In August 2010, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings continued to increase, up 1% from July 2010 to 660 thousand.
  • Calf slaughterings were down 7% from July 2010.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings in August 2010 increased to 495 thousand, but is still down 33% from August 2009.
  • Lamb slaughterings in August 2010 remained relatively steady.
  • In August, the trend estimate for pig slaughterings continued to increase, up 1% from July 2010 to 397 thousand, an increase of 5% from August 2009.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia - August 2010

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
641 371
655 534
659 920
Calves
121 479
57 131
60 746
Sheep
467 294
519 591
495 022
Lambs
1 450 834
1 622 233
1 650 134
Pigs
388 253
399 391
396 995

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT
  • In August 2010, the trend estimate for beef production rose by 1% from July 2010 to 183 thousand tonnes. This represents an increase of 5% from August 2009.I
  • Veal production was down 7% from July 2010.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production remained relatively steady at 12 thousand tonnes, but was still down 27% from August 2009.
  • In August 2010, production of lamb and pig meat remained steady.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia - August 2010

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
178 038
180 929
182 675
Veal
4 977
3 220
3 525
Mutton
11 045
12 107
11 651
Lamb
30 750
35 540
36 580
Pig meat
28 891
29 119
28 930




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