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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Apr 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/05/2006   
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APRIL KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings rose for the sixth consecutive month, to 667,000. This was the highest figure recorded since May 2005.
  • The trend estimate for beef production rose for the seventh consecutive month, to 179,000 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded since May 2005.
  • The trend estimate for pigs slaughterings fell for the sixth consecutive month, to 428,000. This was the lowest figure recorded since June 2001.
  • The trend estimate for calf slaughterings rose for the fourth consecutive month, to 73,400 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded since September 2004.

APRIL KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
595.9
658.7
666.5
Calves
54.7
76.7
73.4
Sheep
899.5
1,010.8
1,011.2
Lambs
1,513.4
1,555.0
1,557.5
Pigs
395.7
423.6
428.3

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
157,804
174,760
179,003
Veal
1,959
2,440
2,303
Mutton
17,878
20,761
20,749
Lamb
31,488
32,408
32,007
Pig meat
28,280
30,198
30,765



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 May 2006 issue of this data is due for release on 4 July 2006.

For more information about these and related statistics, contact John Moody on Hobart 03 6222 5867, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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