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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Oct 2008 Quality Declaration 
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OCTOBER KEY POINTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased for the ninth consecutive month, to 682,000, and was 2% higher than same time in the previous year.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings decreased for the fifth consecutive month, to 976,000, and was little changed from the same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings increased for the fifth consecutive month, to 1.7 million, and was down 7% compared to the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings decreased for the fourteenth consecutive month, 375,000, and was down 17% compared to the same time last year.

MEAT PRODUCTION
  • The trend estimate for beef production increased for the third consecutive month, to 183,000 tonnes, and was up 3% compared to the same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production decreased for the sixth consecutive month to 20,300 tonnes, and was down 4% compared to same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb production increased for the fourth consecutive month, to 34,200 tonnes, and was down 13% on the previous year.
  • The trend estimate for pig production decreased for the thirteenth consecutive month, to 26,800 tonnes, and was down 18% on the previous year.

OCTOBER KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
780.4
699.5
682.3
Calves
75.5
62.5
64.9
Sheep
1,099.5
939.1
975.8
Lambs
2,084.9
1,759.5
1,705.5
Pigs
377.4
377.0
374.9

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
211,359
190,250
182,592
Veal
2,468
2,043
2,084
Mutton
24,232
19,588
20,289
Lamb
41,848
35,680
34,183
Pig meat
27,427
27,093
26,843



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 November 2008 issue of these data is due for release on 12 January 2009.

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


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