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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Feb 2009 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/04/2009   
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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March 2009 1 May 2009
April 2009 5 June 2009
May 2009 3 July 2009
June 2009 4 August 2009
July 2009 4 September 2009
August 2009 6 October 2009



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 contacting the ABS or by referring to the quarterly ABS publication Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings remained at 651 thousand.
  • Sheep slaughterings declined to 881 thousand, a reduction of 12% compared to the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings remained steady at 1.8 million.
  • At 375 thousand tonnes, pig slaughterings have declined 13% over the past year.

Livestock Slaughtered, Australia, February 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

CATTLE (excl. calves)
647 010
659 786
651 165
CALVES
27 856
65 737
66 728
SHEEP
1 021 105
903 747
880 996
LAMBS
1 781 004
1 774 303
1 773 017
PIGS
342 046
372 282
375 141




MEAT
  • The trend estimate for beef production rose to 175 thousand tonnes, with a 1% increase compared to the same period last year.
  • At 18.5 thousand tonnes mutton production was down 1% compared to last month.
  • Lamb production was 4% higher than twelve months ago, at 37 thousand tonnes.
  • Estimates for pig production continued to decline to 27 thousand tonnes; down 15% compared to the same period the previous year.

Meat Produced, Australia, February 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

BEEF
176 056
178 027
175 476
VEAL
1 521
2 362
2 491
MUTTON
20 958
18 936
18 528
LAMB
37 460
36 680
36 642
PIG MEAT
24 206
26 863
26 933




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