Australian Bureau of Statistics
7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Dec 2011 Quality Declaration
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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.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
In December 2011 the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased by 1% to 613 thousand.
Calf slaughterings increased by 1% to 55 thousand in December 2011 but were down 13% from December 2010.
In December 2011, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings increased by 2% to 451 thousand.
Lamb slaughterings fell by 2% to 1.4 million in December 2011.
The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 391 thousand in December 2011.
In December 2011 the trend estimate for beef production increased by 1% to 177 thousand tonnes.
Veal production increased by 1% in December 2011 to 3 thousand tonnes, but decreased by 12% compared to December 2010.
In December 2011, the production of mutton increased by 2% from November 2011 to 10 thousand tonnes.
Lamb production fell 2% in December 2011 to 31 thousand tonnes.
The trend estimate for production of pig meat in December 2011 remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes.
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This page last updated 5 March 2012