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7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Dec 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/02/2004   
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DEC QTR KEY FIGURES


TREND ESTIMATES
Dec Qtr 2002
Sep Qtr 2003
Dec Qtr 2003
’000
’000
’000

Number slaughtered
Cattle
2 069.1
1 929.3
1 939.4
Calves
299.9
278.9
282.0
Sheep
3 745.3
2 340.6
2 226.8
Lambs
4 276.3
4 016.0
4 012.0
Pigs
1 435.0
1 423.0
1 394.5
Chickens
105 308.4
105 062.4
105 595.3

Dec Qtr 2002
Sep Qtr 2003
Dec Qtr 2003
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Meat produced
Beef
520 338
485 447
489 106
Veal
9 413
9 414
9 230
Mutton
72 944
48 352
47 760
Lamb
82 905
81 436
82 506
Pig meat
104 716
103 854
101 158
Chicken meat
174 545
169 709
170 450
Wool receivals

129 587

106 411

109 803

Sep Qtr 2002
Jun Qtr 2003
Sep Qtr 2003
ML
ML
ML

Whole milk intake by factories
2 764
2 473
2 459



Graph of cattle slaughterings, Dec 1999 to Dec 2003p
Graph of sheep and lamb slaughterings, Dec 1999 to Dec 2003
DECEMBER QTR KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for beef production for December quarter 2003 increased marginally to 489,000 tonnes, the first quarterly increase after four consecutive decreases.
  • In December quarter 2003, the trend estimate for the number of sheep slaughtered fell by 5% to 2.2 million, the fifth consecutive quarterly decrease.
  • The trend estimate for mutton produced in December quarter 2003 fell marginally to 47,800 tonnes, the lowest quarterly estimate since June quarter 1984.
  • The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered for December quarter 2003 fell by 2% to 1.4 million, the third consecutive quarterly decrease after a long period of sustained growth.


NOTES

CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.


FORTHCOMING CHANGES

There are no forthcoming changes.


ABBREVIATIONS

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FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information about these and related statistics, contact Frank Costin on Hobart 03 6222 5838, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED: Trend


CATTLE (EXCLUDING CALVES)

The trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered in December quarter 2003 rose by 1% to 1.9 million due mainly to increased turnoff in Queensland where conditions remained dry.

Graph of cattle slaughtered, Dec 1995 to Dec 2003



CALVES

The trend estimate for the number of calves slaughtered in December quarter 2003 rose by 1% to 282,000.

Graph of calves slaughtered, Dec 1995 to Dec 2003



SHEEP AND LAMBS

The trend estimate for sheep slaughtered in December quarter 2003 fell by 5% to 2.2 million reflecting the national shortage of sheep and improved grazing conditions in some areas. The number of lambs slaughtered remained steady at 4.0 million.

Graph of sheep and lambs slaughtered, Dec 1995 to Dec 2003



PIGS

The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered fell by 2% to 1.4 million in December quarter 2003, with high levels of imports competing for the domestic market.

Graph of pigs slaughtered, Dec 1995 to Dec 2003



MEAT PRODUCTION: Trend


BEEF

The trend estimate for beef production rose by 1% to 489,000 tonnes in December quarter 2003, in line with the increase in slaughter numbers.
Graph of beef production, Dec 1995 to Dec 2003



MUTTON AND LAMB

The trend estimate for mutton production in December quarter 2003 fell by 1% to 47,800 tonnes. The trend estimate for lamb production rose by 1% to 82,500 tonnes. The easing of drought conditions saw heavier slaughter weights for both sheep and lambs.

Graph of mutton and lamb produced, Dec 1995 to Dec 2003



TOTAL RED MEAT

The trend estimate for red meat production remained steady at 730,000 tonnes in December quarter 2003. Increases in beef and lamb production were offset by falls in pig meat and mutton production.

Graph of red meat produced, Dec 1995 to Dec 2003



CHICKEN MEAT

The trend estimate for chicken meat production in December quarter 2003 increased slightly to 170,000 tonnes.
Graph of chicken meat produced, Dec 1995 to Dec 2003



LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS: Trend


WHOLE MILK INTAKE BY FACTORIES

The trend estimate for whole milk intake by factories fell by 1% to 2.5 billion litres in September quarter 2003 as the effects of the drought continued.
Graph of milk production, Sept 1995 to Sept 2003



BROKERS AND DEALERS RECEIVALS OF TAXABLE WOOL

The trend estimate for wool receivals by brokers and dealers for December quarter 2003 fell by 3% to 110,000 tonnes.

Graph of wool receivals, Dec 1995 to Dec 2003



LIVESTOCK EXPORTS: Original


EXPORTS OF LIVE SHEEP

Live sheep exports fell by 4% to 1.1 million in December quarter 2003. Gross value of live sheep exports fell by 8% to $73.2 million. Unit value fell by 4% to $69.51. The strengthening Australian dollar has seen Australia's competitiveness reduced in this market.

Graph of exports of live sheep, Dec 1999 to Dec 2003



EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE

Live cattle exports fell by 8% to 150,000 in December quarter 2003. An 11% increase in unit value (to $553.46) saw gross value increase by 2% to $83.1 million. The strengthening Australian dollar saw demand fall in key Asian markets.

Graph of exports of live cattle, Dec 1999 to Dec 2003




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