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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Mar 2013 Quality Declaration 
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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

Livestock slaughtering trend movements for March 2013:
  • Cattle slaughterings continued to increase, up by 1% to 673,000, the highest figure since March 2007
  • The number of calves slaughtered continued to increase, up by 3% to 62,700
  • Sheep slaughterings increased by 5% to 748,000, the highest figure since July 2009
  • The number of lambs slaughtered increased by 2% to a record 1.9 million head
  • Pig slaughterings remained steady at 402,000 head

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, March 2013

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
660 893
671 722
672 908
Calves
51 394
63 151
62 666
Sheep
796 197
790 718
747 872
Lambs
1 701 191
1 858 083
1 887 922
Pigs
391 324
403 334
401 677

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

Meat production trend movements for March 2013:
  • Beef production continued to increase, up by 1% to 189,000 tonnes
  • Veal production remained steady at 3,400 tonnes
  • Mutton production continued its recovery, up by 5% to 16,900 tonnes
  • Lamb production increased by 1% to 40,200 tonnes
  • Pig meat remained steady at 30,200 tonnes

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MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, March 2013

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
183 463
187 724
188 714
Veal
2 945
3 251
3 372
Mutton
17 317
17 897
16 875
Lamb
36 670
39 233
40 226
Pig meat
29 323
30 459
30 192





FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
April 2013 6 June 2013
May 2013 9 July 2013
June 2013 2 August 2013



ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION

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 and include estimates of animals slaughtered by country butchers and other small 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.


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