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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Nov 2011 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
December 2011 7 February 2012
January 2012 6 March 2012
February 2012 4 April 2012



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 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.

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 5939.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

In November 2011 the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings remained steady at 612 thousand.

Calf slaughterings showed little movement from the previous month but decreased 13% from November 2010 to 55 thousand.

In November 2011, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings increased by 3% to 444 thousand.

Lamb slaughterings of 1.5 million fell by 2% compared to October 2011.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 391 thousand in November 2011.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, November 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
689 263
626 523
612 014
Calves
38 263
56 239
55 091
Sheep
601 338
457 185
443 919
Lambs
1 666 961
1 434 916
1 461 460
Pigs
389 835
392 443
390 828

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

In November 2011 the trend estimate for beef production remained steady at 177 thousand tonnes.

Veal production remained steady at 3 thousand tonnes over the month but decreased 12% compared to November 2010.

In November 2011, the production of mutton increased by 2% from October 2011 to 10 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production fell 3% in November 2011 to 32 thousand tonnes.

The trend estimate for production of pig meat in November 2011 decreased 1% from October 2011 to 29 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, November 2011

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
199 915
180 283
176 923
Veal
3 205
3 388
3 323
Mutton
14 152
10 377
10 186
Lamb
35 638
31 118
31 849
Pig meat
28 001
28 482
28 588




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