7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, May 2017 Quality Declaration 
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MAY KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, May 2017


April 2017
May 2017
Apr 2017 to May 2017
May 2016 to May 2017

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
577 622
575 308
-0.4%
-7.4%
Calves
28 799
28 261
-1.9%
-42.6%
Sheep
549 019
549 197
0.0%
-8.8%
Lambs
1 789 430
1 749 886
-2.2%
-7.5%
Pigs
429 445
429 790
0.1%
1.4%
Meat (t)
Beef
170 609
169 985
-0.4%
-3.9%
Veal
1 437
1 366
-4.9%
-38.4%
Mutton
13 822
13 879
0.4%
-5.5%
Lamb
40 841
40 012
-2.0%
-5.4%
Pig Meat
33 285
33 383
0.3%
4.0%

(a) Excludes calves


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MAY KEY POINTS

Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for May 2017:
  • Cattle slaughter decreased by 2,300 head or 0.4% for May 2017 when compared with April 2017 and there was a year-on-year decrease of 45,700 head or 7.4%.
  • The number of calves slaughtered in May 2017 decreased by 1.9% month-on-month and when compared to this period last year decreased by 21,000 head or 42.6%.
  • Sheep slaughter in May 2017 stayed steady with an increase of 178 head compared with April 2017 and was down 53,300 head or 8.8% year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughters decreased by 39,500 head or 2.2% for May 2017. Compared with May 2016, slaughters decreased by 141,300 head or 7.5%.
  • Pig slaughter increased marginally during the month, increasing by 345 head or 0.1% when compared to April 2017 and continued to increase year on year with slaughters up 5,800 head or 1.4% on this period last year.