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7215.0 - Livestock Products, Australia, Jun 2003  
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JUNE QTR KEY FIGURES


TREND ESTIMATES
Jun Qtr 2002
Mar Qtr 2003
Jun Qtr 2003
’000
’000
’000

Number slaughtered
Cattle
1,952.1
2,015.9
1,966.4
Calves
257.3
308.8
307.2
Sheep
3,698.3
3,225.5
2,630.1
Lambs
4,294.3
4,290.4
4,281.4
Pigs
1,397.6
1,442.9
1,455.1
Chickens
108,063.8
104,073.6
103,037.0

Jun Qtr 2002
Mar Qtr 2003
Jun Qtr 2003
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Meat produced
Beef
508,387
502,903
488,176
Veal
8,534
9,871
10,114
Mutton
74,560
63,041
51,600
Lamb
86,139
83,947
85,456
Pig meat
101,358
105,632
106,461
Chicken meat
175,886
171,154
167,299
Wool receivals

138,913

119,371

107,409

Mar Qtr 2002
Dec Qtr 2002
Mar Qtr 2003
ML
ML
ML

Whole milk intake by factories
2,895
2,594
2,433



Graph of cattle slaughterings, June 1999 to June 2003
Graph of sheep and lamb slaughtereing, June 1999 to June 2003
JUNE QTR KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for the number of cattle slaughtered in June quarter 2003 fell by 2% to 2.0 million. For the third successive quarter, the number of female cattle slaughtered was higher than the number of male cattle slaughtered.
  • In June quarter 2003, the trend estimate for the number of sheep slaughtered fell by 18% to 2.6 million, the lowest quarterly trend estimate since December quarter 1984. The estimate for the number of lambs slaughtered remained steady at 4.3 million.
  • The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered in June quarter 2003 increased for the tenth consecutive quarter to a record 1.5 million.
  • The trend estimate for chicken meat production in June quarter 2003 fell by 2% to 167,000 tonnes. This was the third consecutive quarterly decrease after the record production levels reached in 2002.


NOTES

CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

There are no changes in this issue.


FORTHCOMING CHANGES

There are no forthcoming changes.


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 June quarter 2003 fell by 2% to 2.0 million. The continued effects of dry conditions were identified as holding back available supplies.

Graph of number of cattle slaughtered, June 1995 to June 2003



CALVES

The trend estimate for the number of calves slaughtered in June quarter 2003 fell by 1% to 307,000.

Graph of number of calves slaughtered, June 1995 to June 2003



SHEEP AND LAMBS

In June quarter 2003, the trend estimate for the number of sheep slaughtered fell by 18% to 2.6 million. Flock rebuilding saw slaughter numbers at their lowest level since December quarter 1984. The trend estimate for the number of lambs slaughtered was steady at 4.3 million.

Graph of number of sheep and lambs slaughtered, June 1995 to June 2003



PIGS

The trend estimate for the number of pigs slaughtered in June quarter 2003 increased for the tenth consecutive quarter to a record 1.5 million. Continued pressure from feed costs saw slaughter numbers remain at high levels.

Graph of number of pigs slaughtered, June 1995 to June 2003



MEAT PRODUCTION: Trend


BEEF

The trend estimate for beef production fell by 3% to 488,000 tonnes in June quarter 2003. Average slaughter weights have declined over the past year due to drought and the increasing numbers of female cattle slaughtered.

Graph of beed produced, June 1995 to June 2003



MUTTON AND LAMB

The trend estimate for mutton production fell by 18% to 51,600 tonnes in June quarter 2003, as sheep slaughterings reached their lowest level in 18 years. The trend estimate for lamb production rose by 2% to 85,500 tonnes.

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



TOTAL RED MEAT

The trend estimate for total red meat production fell by 3% to 742,000 tonnes in June quarter 2003, due to falls in beef and mutton production.

Graph of total red meat produced, June 1995 to June 2003



CHICKEN MEAT

The trend estimate for chicken meat production in June quarter 2003 fell by 2% to 167,000 tonnes. High feed grain costs continued to impact on production levels.

Graph of chicken meat produced, June 1995 to June 2003



LIVESTOCK PRODUCTS: Trend


WHOLE MILK INTAKE BY FACTORIES

The trend estimate for whole milk intake by factories fell by 6% to 2.4 billion litres in March quarter 2003, as drought conditions continued to reduce milk production levels.

Graph of milk production, March 1995 to March 2003



BROKERS AND DEALERS RECEIVALS OF TAXABLE WOOL

The trend estimate for wool receivals by brokers and dealers fell by 10% in June quarter 2003, to 107,000 tonnes. Although wool prices have recovered a little since last year, the downward trend in wool production has continued.

Graph of wool receivals, June 1995 to June 2003



LIVESTOCK EXPORTS: Original


EXPORTS OF LIVE SHEEP

Live sheep exports fell by 41% to 965,000 in June quarter 2003, due mainly to reduced demand from Middle Eastern markets and tight local supplies. Gross value of live sheep exports fell to $68.5 million. Unit value increased slightly to $71.06.

Graph of live sheep exports, June 1999 to June 2003



EXPORTS OF LIVE CATTLE

Increased demand from Asian markets saw live cattle exports increase in June quarter 2003, up by 27% to 210,000. Gross value of live cattle exports increased by 17% to $117 million. Unit value fell by 8% to $557.26.

Graph of live cattle exports, June 1999 to June 2003



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