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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Jan 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/03/2004   
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JANUARY KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings fell for the eighth consecutive month, to 454,900. The industry is feeling pressure from pork imports which are at record levels and from a strong Australian dollar which is reducing export viability.
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings rose for the sixth consecutive month, to 669,400. Strong domestic demand for beef and dry conditions in some areas are driving recent movements in cattle slaughtering numbers.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings rose for the fifth consecutive month, to 884,400. A combination of stronger demand and drier conditions in some areas were reported as increasing the number of sheep on the market.

JANUARY KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
532.1
664.4
669.4
Calves
40.3
99.1
107.0
Sheep
988.5
877.5
884.4
Lambs
1,315.0
1,383.8
1,403.8
Pigs
416.9
462.0
454.9

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
138,976
173,438
173,511
Veal
2,305
3,257
3,586
Mutton
21,370
18,766
19,062
Lamb
27,322
28,906
29,411
Pig meat
29,543
33,243
32,826



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).

For more information about these and related statistics, contact John Moody on Hobart 03 6222 5867, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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