7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Feb 2015 Quality Declaration 
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FEBRUARY KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, February 2015


January 2015
February 2015
Jan 2015 to Feb 2015
Feb 2014 to Feb 2015

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
789 311
790 228
0.1%
6.0%
Calves
56 547
56 635
0.2%
-10.2%
Sheep
758 915
739 168
-2.6%
-15.3%
Lambs
1 860 464
1 857 181
-0.2%
0.8%
Pigs
408 893
410 950
0.5%
3.4%
Meat (t)
Beef
219 501
220 609
0.5%
7.3%
Veal
3 343
3 316
-0.8%
-9.4%
Mutton
17 917
17 396
-2.9%
-11.8%
Lamb
41 160
41 162
0.0%
3.0%
Pig Meat
30 962
31 158
0.6%
4.1%

(a) Excludes calves


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KEY POINTS

Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for February 2015:
  • Cattle slaughter showed a small increase in February 2015 to remain at high levels reflecting continued drought conditions, higher beef prices and beef exports.
  • Sheep slaughter continued its gradual decline in February 2015 as the industry prepares to restock.
  • Lamb slaughter has continued to decline, following the September 2014 peak which was the result of drought conditions.