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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Nov 2009 Quality Declaration 
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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 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 now 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.

The ABS welcomes any comments from readers regarding the usefulness, range and quality of the statistics presented in this publication. Comments can be forwarded to: The Environment and Agriculture Business Statistics Centre, Australian Bureau of Statistics, GPO Box 66, Hobart TAS 7001. Alternatively, email <agriculture.statistics@abs.gov.au> or phone (03) 6222 5846.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
  • In November 2009, the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings contined to decline, down to 622 thousand.
  • Sheep slaughterings in November 2009 contined to fall for the eighth consecutive month, down to 740 thousand.
  • In November 2009, lamb slaughterings declined 1% to 1.7 million.
  • Pig slaughterings remained steady at 388 thousand in November 2009.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia - November 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle (excl. calves)
626 285
604 722
621 922
Calves
39 018
64 965
63 274
Sheep
848 289
735 007
739 896
Lambs
1 804 686
1 692 128
1 741 403
Pigs
368 023
390 740
388 488




MEAT
  • In November 2009, the trend estimate for beef production declined for the fifth consecutive month, down 2% from October 2009.
  • Mutton production in November 2009 continued a trend down since May 2008.
  • In November 2009, lamb production remained steady at 36 thousand tonnes.
  • At 28 thousand tonnes, pig meat production remained steady in November 2009.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia - November 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
170 667
162 846
168 851
Veal
2 673
3 351
3 229
Mutton
19 510
16 381
16 354
Lamb
37 826
35 384
36 344
Pig meat
26 158
27 988
28 003




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