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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, June 2010 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/08/2010   
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A new methodology and revised definitions will be adopted for producing estimates of livestock slaughtering as a result of an ongoing quality review of this collection and following consultation with key users.

The livestock slaughtered estimates are derived from a monthly collection of activity for major abattoirs, with adjustments to account for smaller operators and on-farm slaughtering. For future releases, on-farm slaughter of livestock will not be included in the estimates of livestock slaughtering. The calf and pig definitions used in the Livestock Slaughtering collection will also be aligned to current industry standards.

The above changes will be introduced for the July 2010 estimates and all future releases of Livestock and Meat, Australia (cat. no. 7218.0.55.001) as well as related quarterly slaughtering estimates published in Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0). To assist users in accounting for any associated breaks in time series, future issues of both publications will incorporate re-based historical estimates.

Further information regarding these changes will be included in future issues. Any queries should be directed to Nigel Gibson on (03) 6222 5940.


ISSUE Release Date
July 2010 7 September 2010
August 2010 8 October 2010
September 2010 9 November 2010
October 2010 7 December 2010
November 2010 17 January 2011


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 <> or phone (03) 6222 5939.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.



  • In June 2010, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings continued to increase, up 1% from May 2010 to 662 thousand.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings continued to fall in June 2010, down to 499 thousand, a decrease of 5% from May 2010 and 44% from June 2009.
  • Lamb slaughterings in June 2010 increased by 2% from May 2010.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained relatively steady at 385 thousand.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia - June 2010

Seasonally Adjusted

Cattle (excl. calves)
713 807
677 541
661 848
68 329
64 320
66 888
409 917
517 653
498 801
1 588 217
1 703 901
1 653 526
410 540
381 581
384 635


  • In June 2010, the trend estimate for beef production rose 3% from June 2009, to 182 thousand tonnes.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production continued to decline, falling 39 from June 2009 to 11 thousand tonnes.
  • In June 2010 lamb production increased 3% from May 2010.
  • Pig meat production was up 4% from June 2009.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia - June 2010

Seasonally Adjusted

193 344
186 725
181 964
3 158
3 163
3 372
9 153
12 025
11 499
35 004
37 656
36 431
Pig meat
30 567
27 906
28 208

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