7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Apr 2016 Quality Declaration 
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APRIL KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, April 2016


March 2016
April 2016
March 2016 to April 2016
April 2015 to April 2016

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
648 700
645 090
-0.6%
-17.8%
Calves
43 387
46 464
7.1%
-21.7%
Sheep
666 633
665 666
-0.1%
-3.0%
Lambs
1 999 416
2 011 467
0.6%
3.3%
Pigs
420 028
423 059
0.7%
1.4%
Meat (t)
Beef
186 405
185 457
-0.5%
-15.5%
Veal
1 972
2 109
6.9%
-32.6%
Mutton
16 259
16 378
0.7%
0.7%
Lamb
45 011
45 419
0.9%
5.0%
Pig Meat
31 654
31 951
0.9%
1.7%

(a) Excludes calves


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APRIL KEY POINTS

Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for April 2016
  • Cattle slaughter decreased by 3,610 head or 1 percent in April 2016 compared with March 2016 and by 139,589 head or 18 percent year-on-year.
  • The number of calves slaughtered in April 2016 increased by 3,077, or 7 percent, with the majority of the increase occurring in New South Wales (up 7 percent) and Victoria (up 2 percent). Calf slaughter for April 2016 decreased by 22 percent year-on-year.
  • Sheep slaughter in April 2016 remained stable compared with March 2016 despite increased slaughter numbers in New South Wales and Western Australia, which were up by 1 percent and 4 percent, respectively.
  • Lamb slaughter continued to rise in April 2016, with increased production in Victoria and New South Wales offsetting reductions in slaughter numbers in Queensland and South Australia. Nationally, 2 million lambs were slaughtered in April, an increase of 3 percent year-on-year.
  • Pig slaughter increased in April 2016 in all major production states except Queensland. Over the year to April 2016 pig slaughter increased by 5,686 or 1 percent.