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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Jan 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/03/2008   
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JANUARY KEY POINTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings fell for the fourth consecutive month to 649,000, and was 8.2% lower than the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings fell to 976,000, and was 16.3% lower than the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings fell to 1.8 million, but was 7.2% higher than the same time last year.
MEAT PRODUCTION
  • The trend estimate for beef production fell to 174,000 tonnes, and was 8.5% lower than the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production rose for the seventh consecutive month, to 21,800 tonnes. This was the highest figure since February 2007.
  • The trend estimate for lamb meat production fell to 38,700 tonnes, but was 11.5% higher than the same time last year.

JANUARY KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
523.3
630.3
648.7
Calves
26.8
63.6
64.1
Sheep
1 174.3
957.4
975.7
Lambs
1 811.7
1 824.7
1 831.3
Pigs
421.4
440.4
441.1

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
tonnes
adjusted
tonnes
estimate
tonnes

Beef
139 116
169 961
174 104
Veal
1 383
2 029
2 091
Mutton
25 557
21 158
21 802
Lamb
37 624
37 763
38 710
Pig meat
30 714
32 442
32 454


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 February 2008 issue of this data is due for release on 4 April 2008.

For more information about these and related statistics, contact Nigel Gibson on Hobart (03) 6222 5940, or the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

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