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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Dec 2011 Quality Declaration 
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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 and include estimates of animals slaughtered by country butchers and other small 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.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

In December 2011 the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased by 1% to 613 thousand.

Calf slaughterings increased by 1% to 55 thousand in December 2011 but were down 13% from December 2010.

In December 2011, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings increased by 2% to 451 thousand.

Lamb slaughterings fell by 2% to 1.4 million in December 2011.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 391 thousand in December 2011.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, December 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
505 688
604 506
612 739
Calves
22 461
56 253
55 800
Sheep
478 966
446 970
451 045
Lambs
1 393 209
1 470 043
1 442 251
Pigs
418 726
390 966
391 166

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

In December 2011 the trend estimate for beef production increased by 1% to 177 thousand tonnes.

Veal production increased by 1% in December 2011 to 3 thousand tonnes, but decreased by 12% compared to December 2010.

In December 2011, the production of mutton increased by 2% from November 2011 to 10 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production fell 2% in December 2011 to 31 thousand tonnes.

The trend estimate for production of pig meat in December 2011 remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, December 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
143 545
174 044
177 213
Veal
2 073
3 600
3 454
Mutton
11 223
10 099
10 265
Lamb
29 627
32 052
31 177
Pig meat
29 858
29 135
28 822




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