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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Oct 2012 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

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November 2012 15 January 2013
December 2012 6 February 2013



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.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
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In October 2012, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased by 1% to 626 thousand.

Calf slaughterings increased by 2% to 50 thousand in October 2012.

In October 2012, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings increased by 3% to 577 thousand.

Lamb slaughterings decreased by 1% to 1.6 million in October 2012.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 393 thousand in October 2012.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, October 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
691 301
626 612
625 609
Calves
57 925
56 169
50 344
Sheep
775 425
596 093
576 812
Lambs
1 811 163
1 582 466
1 640 210
Pigs
400 883
404 981
392 506

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT
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In October 2012, the trend estimate for beef production increased by 1% to 179 thousand tonnes.

Veal production increased by 2% in October 2012 to 3 thousand tonnes.

In October 2012, the production of mutton increased by 3% to 13 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production in October 2012 decreased by 2% to 36 thousand tonnes.

The trend estimate for production of pig meat in October 2012 remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, October 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
199 094
178 870
178 864
Veal
3 759
3 375
3 127
Mutton
18 005
13 427
13 031
Lamb
38 352
34 334
36 147
Pig meat
30 007
29 758
29 147




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