7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Mar 2016 Quality Declaration 
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MARCH KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, March 2016


February 2016
March 2016
Feb 2016 to March 2016
March 2015 to March 2016

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
649 037
639 471
-1.5%
-19.0%
Calves
38 134
39 304
3.1%
-35.0%
Sheep
654 267
640 286
-2.1%
-9.5%
Lambs
1 980 268
2 004 309
1.2%
3.0%
Pigs
414 084
414 183
0.0%
-0.8%
Meat (t)
Beef
187 079
185 066
-1.1%
-16.2%
Veal
1 725
1 763
2.2%
-46.3%
Mutton
15 743
15 491
-1.6%
-7.1%
Lamb
44 282
44 782
1.1%
3.5%
Pig Meat
31 097
31 105
0.0%
-1.2%

(a) Excludes calves


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MARCH KEY POINTS

Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for March 2016:
  • Beef production continued to decline, down a further 1 percent in March 2016 and down 16 percent when compared to levels recorded in March 2015.
  • Calf slaughter increased 3 percent in March 2016 due mainly to seasonal effects in the dairy industry.
  • Sheep slaughter fell by 2 percent in March 2016.
  • Lamb slaughter and production continued to increase in March 2016 with continuing strong export demand.
  • Pig slaughter and production remained steady in March 2016.