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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Feb 2010 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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March 2010 6 May 2010
April 2010 7 June 2010
May 2010 7 July 2010
June 2010 6 August 2010



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 5846.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings in February 2010 decreased for the seventh consecutive month, down to 604 thousand.
  • In February 2010, sheep slaughterings were 689 thousand, a decrease of 26% from February 2009.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings fell in February 2010 to 1.5 million, a 14% decrease from February 2009.
  • In February 2010, pig slaughterings remained steady at 380 thousand.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia - February 2010

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle (excl. calves)
590 259
608 843
604 488
Calves
32 426
74 972
71 752
Sheep
729 649
662 703
688 997
Lambs
1 522 784
1 541 374
1 533 025
Pigs
348 502
379 276
379 802




MEAT
  • The trend estimate for beef production in February 2010 declined for the eighth consecutive month, down to 165 thousand tonnes.
  • Mutton production in February 2010 continued to decline, down to 15 thousand tonnes, a decrease of 24% from February 2009.
  • In February 2010, the trend estimate for lamb production decreased for the sixth consecutive month, down to 32 thousand tonnes.
  • Pig meat production remained steady in February 2010 at 27 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia - February 2010

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
160 497
163 596
164 572
Veal
2 304
3 537
3 460
Mutton
15 347
14 219
14 672
Lamb
32 953
32 607
32 179
Pig meat
25 043
27 647
27 431




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