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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, May 2009 Quality Declaration 
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2009 4 August 2009
July 2009 4 September 2009
August 2009 6 October 2009
September 2009 4 November 2009
October 2009 4 December 2009
November 2009 8 January 2010



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 contacting the ABS or by referring to the quarterly ABS publication Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings decreased 4% to 645 thousand over the last year.
  • Sheep slaughterings decreased 11% since May 2008 to 934 thousand.
  • Since May 2008, lamb slaughterings dropped 1% to 1.8 million in May 2009.
  • In May 2009, pig slaughterings remained steady at 373 thousand.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia - May 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle (excl. calves)
686 358
631 787
645 300
Calves
63 118
66 168
68 620
Sheep
872 786
934 934
934 262
Lambs
1 764 288
1 752 122
1 751 448
Pigs
381 923
372 916
372 554




MEAT
  • The trend estimate for beef production rose 3% to 176 thousand tonnes from April 2009.
  • At 19 thousand tonnes, mutton production decreased 14% since May 2008.
  • Lamb production remained stable at 36 thousand tonnes.
  • Pig meat production continued to decline to 27 thousand tonnes, down 9% compared to the same period the previous year.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia - May 2009

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
183 637
173 189
175 990
Veal
2 244
2 314
2 474
Mutton
17 291
19 089
19 252
Lamb
36 504
35 862
36 127
Pig meat
27 965
26 819
26 779




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