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7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Dec 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 14/02/2005   
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DEC QTR KEY FIGURES


TREND ESTIMATES
Dec Qtr 2003
Sep Qtr 2004
Dec Qtr 2004
’000
’000
’000

Number slaughtered
Cattle
1 934.2
1 981.9
1 982.8
Calves
274.8
223.6
220.1
Sheep
2 447.5
2 789.0
2 715.0
Lambs
4 181.0
4 097.3
4 135.7
Pigs
1 401.1
1 346.2
1 327.0
Chickens
105 315.2
109 705.9
112 911.8

Dec Qtr 2003
Sep Qtr 2004
Dec Qtr 2004
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Meat produced
Beef
493 555
525 501
527 871
Veal
9 345
7 639
7 468
Mutton
52 100
57 808
56 279
Lamb
86 137
83 101
82 856
Pig meat
101 501
98 053
97 295
Chicken meat
170 753
183 062
187 640
Wool receivals

115 205

119 067

115 519

Sep Qtr 2003
Jun Qtr 2004
Sep Qtr 2004
ML
ML
ML

Whole milk intake by factories
2 474
2 538
2 526


Graph of number of cattle slaughtered, Dec 2000 to Dec 2004
Graph of number of sheep and lambs slaughtered, Dec 2000 to Dec 2004
DECEMBER QTR KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • In December quarter 2004, the trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered remained steady at 2.0 million.
  • The trend estimate for the number of calves slaughtered in December quarter 2004 fell by 2% to 220,000. This was the lowest estimate since the series began in September quarter 1979.
  • In December quarter 2004, the trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered fell to 1.3 million. This was the seventh consecutive quarterly decrease and the lowest quarterly trend estimate since September quarter 2001.
  • The trend estimate for chicken meat production rose by 3% in December quarter 2004, to a record 188,000 tonnes.


NOTES

CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.


FORTHCOMING CHANGES

There are no forthcoming changes.


ABBREVIATIONS

ABSAustralian Bureau of Statistics
MLmegalitre
ttonne
UHTultra heat treated


FURTHER INFORMATION

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LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED: Trend


CATTLE (EXCLUDING CALVES)

The trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered in December quarter 2004 remained steady at 2.0 million.

Graph of number of cattle slaughtered, Dec 1996 to Dec 2004



CALVES

The trend estimate for the number of calves slaughtered in December quarter 2004 fell by 2% to 220,000. This was the lowest estimate since the series began in September quarter 1979.

Graph of number of calves slaughtered, Dec 1996 to Dec 2004



SHEEP AND LAMBS

In December quarter 2004, the trend estimate for the number of sheep slaughtered fell by 3% to 2.7 million. The number of lambs slaughtered rose slightly to 4.1 million.

Graph of number of sheep and lambs slaughtered, Dec 1996 to Dec 2004



PIGS

In December quarter 2004, the trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered fell to 1.3 million. This was the seventh consecutive quarterly decrease and the lowest quarterly trend estimate since September quarter 2001.

Graph of number of pigs slaughtered, Dec 1996 to Dec 2004



MEAT PRODUCTION: Trend


BEEF

In December quarter 2004, the trend estimate for beef production remained steady at 528,000 tonnes.
Graph of beef production, Dec 1996 to Dec 2004



MUTTON AND LAMB

In December quarter 2004, the trend estimate for mutton production fell by 3% to 56,300 tonnes, and the estimate for lamb production fell slightly to 82,900 tonnes.

Graph of mutton and lamb production, Dec 1996 to Dec 2004



TOTAL RED MEAT

The trend estimate for red meat production remained steady at 772,000 tonnes in December quarter 2004. A small increase in beef production was offset by small decreases in mutton, lamb and pig meat production.

Graph of red meat produced, Dec 1996 to Dec 2004



CHICKEN MEAT

The trend estimate for chicken meat production rose by 3% in December quarter 2004, to a record 188,000 tonnes.
Graph of chicken meat production, Dec 1996 to Dec 2004



LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS: Trend


WHOLE MILK INTAKE BY FACTORIES

The trend estimate for whole milk intake by factories in September quarter 2004 remained steady at 2.5 billion litres.
Graph of milk production, Sep 1996 to sep 2004



BROKERS AND DEALERS RECEIVALS OF TAXABLE WOOL

The trend estimate for wool receivals by brokers and dealers for December quarter 2004 fell by 3% to 116,000 tonnes.

Graph of wool receivals, Dec 1996 to Dec 2004



LIVESTOCK EXPORTS: Original


EXPORTS OF LIVE SHEEP

Live sheep exports fell slightly to 840,000 in December quarter 2004. A 6% fall in unit value (down to $64.24) saw the gross value of live sheep exports fall to $53.9 million.

Graph of live sheep exports, Dec 2000 to Dec 2004



EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE

In December quarter 2004, live cattle exports fell by 24% to 130,000. While higher unit values (up 11% to $725.45) partly offset the reduction in numbers exported, the gross value of live cattle exports fell by 16% to $94.4 million.

Graph of live cattle exports, Dec 2000 to Dec 2004


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