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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Nov 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/01/2009   
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NOVEMBER KEY POINTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased for the third consecutive month, to 677,000, and was 3% higher than the same time the previous year.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings decreased for the sixth consecutive month, to 948,000, and was down 4% on the same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings rose for the fifth consecutive month, to 1.8 million, and was 2% lower than the same period the previous year.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings declined for the fifteenth consecutive month, to 374,000, and is at its lowest point since July 1985.

MEAT PRODUCTION
  • The trend estimate for beef production remained steady at 180,400 tonnes, and was 3% higher than the same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production decreased for the seventh consecutive month to 19,700 tonnes, and was down 9% compared to same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb production increased for the fifth consecutive month, to 35,700 tonnes, and was down 7% on the previous year.
  • The trend estimate for pig production continued to drop for the fourteenth consecutive month, to 26,800 tonnes, and was down 17% compared to last year.

NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES


Seasonally
Trend
LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED
Original
adjusted
estimate
'000
'000
'000

Cattle
672.4
661.8
676.6
Calves
41.6
68.4
65.5
Sheep
1,026.7
934.4
948.3
Lambs
1,857.4
1,794.3
1,775.0
Pigs
352.2
375.4
374.4

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
179,979
175,354
180,449
Veal
1,758
2,236
2,140
Mutton
22,129
19,412
19,680
Lamb
37,161
36,216
35,707
Pig meat
24,999
26,862
26,824



NOTES

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 contacting the ABS or by referring to the quarterly ABS publication Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).


FORTHCOMING ISSUES

The December 2008 issue of these data is due for release on 5 February 2009.

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

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