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

ISSUE Release Date
February 2010 8 April 2010
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.


INQUIRIES

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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
  • In January 2010, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings continued to decrease, down to 609 thousand, a 7% decrease from January 2009.
  • Sheep slaughterings were 716 thousand in January 2010, a decrease of 23% from January 2009.
  • Lamb slaughterings fell in January 2010 to 1.6 million, an 11% decrease from January 2009.
  • Pig slaughterings remained steady at 382 thousand in January 2010.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia - January 2010

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle (excl. calves)
497 180
615 013
609 024
Calves
25 521
64 567
66 983
Sheep
699 019
665 597
716 257
Lambs
1 415 707
1 548 053
1 585 050
Pigs
333 698
373 434
381 717




MEAT
  • In January 2010, the trend estimate for beef production declined for the seventh consecutive month, down to 167 thousand tonnes.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production in January 2010 continued to decline, down to 15 thousand tonnes.
  • Lamb production decreased for the fifth consecutive month, down to 33 thousand tonnes in January 2010.
  • Pig meat production remained steady in January 2010 at 27 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia - January 2010

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
136 190
170 792
167 060
Veal
1 950
3 177
3 299
Mutton
15 057
14 108
15 340
Lamb
29 997
32 276
33 021
Pig meat
23 862
27 006
27 346




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