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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Aug 2008 Quality Declaration 
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AUGUST KEY POINTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased for the seventh consecutive month, to 677,000, and was 2% higher than the same time in the previous year.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings decreased from the previous month, to 1.0 million, and was 11% higher than the same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings decreased for the tenth consecutive month, to 1.6 million, and was down 13% compared to the same time last year.

MEAT PRODUCTION
  • The trend estimate for beef production decreased from the previous month, to 181,000 tonnes, and was up 2% compared to the same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production decreased for the fourth consecutive month to 22,000 tonnes, however increased 8% compared to same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb production decreased for the tenth consecutive month, to 32,000 tonnes, and was down 17% on the previous year.

AUGUST KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
642.2
672.3
677.4
Calves
159.9
73.7
73.4
Sheep
821.0
1,054.1
1,044.9
Lambs
1,398.5
1,587.5
1,582.2
Pigs
369.6
388.4
387.3

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
171,516
178,245
180,866
Veal
3,947
2,446
2,347
Mutton
17,330
21,569
21,542
Lamb
27,400
32,002
31,532
Pig meat
26,691
27,812
27,560



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 September 2008 issue of this data is due for release on 3 November 2008.

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



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