MAY KEY POINTS
- The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings increased for the eleventh consecutive month, to 1.1 million, and was 14% higher than the same time last year.
- The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased for the fourth consecutive month, to 672,000, and was 2% higher than same time last year.
- The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings fell for the seventh consecutive month, to 1.7 million, and was 3% lower than same time last year.
MAY KEY FIGURES
- The trend estimate for mutton production continued to rise for the eleventh consecutive month, to 23,400 tonnes, and was 23% higher than same period last year.
- The trend estimate for pig meat production declined for the eighth consecutive month, to 30,000 tonnes, and was down 5% compared to the same time last year.
- The trend estimate for beef production increased for the fourth consecutive month, to 181,000 tonnes, and was up 3% compared to the same time last year.
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).
The June 2008 issue of this data is due for release on 31 July 2008.
For more information about these and related statistics contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.