7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Dec 2018 Quality Declaration 
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DECEMBER KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, December 2018


Nov 2018
Dec 2018
Nov 2018 to Dec 2018
Dec 2017 to Dec 2018

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
668 053
665 292
-0.4%
9.2%
Calves
42 331
42 027
-0.7%
27.3%
Sheep
812 604
791 635
-2.6%
20.6%
Lambs
1 767 223
1 779 904
0.7%
-6.6%
Pigs
450 878
449 788
-0.2%
0.0%
Meat (t)
Beef
190 806
190 081
-0.4%
4.0%
Veal
1 751
1 730
-1.2%
13.0%
Mutton
19 322
18 844
-2.5%
17.6%
Lamb
39 565
40 062
1.3%
-6.7%
Pig Meat
35 404
35 270
-0.4%
1.2%

(a) Excludes calves


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DECEMBER KEY POINTS

Livestock and meat slaughter monthly trend movements for December 2018:
  • Cattle slaughter decreased by 2,800 head (or 0.4%) in the month ending December 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 56,100 head (or 9.2%) year-on-year.
  • Calf slaughter decreased by 300 head (or 0.7%) in the month ending December 2018 compared with the previous month and increased by 9,000 head (or 27.3%) year-on-year.
  • Sheep slaughter decreased by 21,000 head (or 2.6%) for the month ending December 2018 compared with the previous month but increased by 135,400 head (or 20.6%) year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughter increased by 12,700 head (or 0.7%) for the month ending December 2018 compared with the previous month but decreased by 125,200 head (or 6.6%) year-on-year.
  • Pig slaughter decreased by 1,100 head (or 0.2%) for the month ending December 2018 compared to the previous month but increased by 200 head year-on-year.