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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, May 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/07/2008   
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MAY KEY POINTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED

  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings increased for the eleventh consecutive month, to 1.1 million, and was 14% higher than the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased for the fourth consecutive month, to 672,000, and was 2% higher than same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings fell for the seventh consecutive month, to 1.7 million, and was 3% lower than same time last year.
MEAT PRODUCTION
  • The trend estimate for mutton production continued to rise for the eleventh consecutive month, to 23,400 tonnes, and was 23% higher than same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for pig meat production declined for the eighth consecutive month, to 30,000 tonnes, and was down 5% compared to the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for beef production increased for the fourth consecutive month, to 181,000 tonnes, and was up 3% compared to the same time last year.

MAY KEY FIGURES


Seasonally
Trend
LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED
Original
adjusted
estimate
'000
'000
'000

Cattle
758.4
674.5
672.4
Calves
68.2
68.3
68.2
Sheep
1,010.4
1,070.2
1072.3
Lambs
1,774.5
1,688.9
1,651.3
Pigs
432.8
413.2
426.2

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
201,867
181,404
181,259
Veal
2,247
2,161
2,144
Mutton
20,766
23,287
23,389
Lamb
36,071
34,280
33,729
Pig meat
31,266
29,209
30,398



NOTES

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).


FORTHCOMING ISSUES

The June 2008 issue of this data is due for release on 31 July 2008.

For more information about these and related statistics contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.


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