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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, May 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/07/2012   
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FORTHCOMING ISSUES

ISSUE Release Date
June 2012 3 August 2012
July 2012 6 September 2012
August 2012 8 October 2012



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 and include estimates of animals slaughtered by country butchers and other small slaughtering establishments. More detailed information on this series can be obtained by referring to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) quarterly publication, Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0).

Additional time series spreadsheets containing state/territory and national data are available from the Downloads tab for this publication. These spreadsheets contain original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for slaughtering and meat production for bulls, bullocks and steers, cows and heifers, cattle (excluding calves), calves, sheep, lambs and pigs.


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK

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In May 2012 the trend estimate for cattle slaughterings decreased by 1% to 584 thousand.

Calf slaughterings decreased by 2% to 57 thousand in May 2012.

In May 2012, the trend estimate for sheep slaughterings increased by 1% to 449 thousand.

Lamb slaughterings increased by 1% to 1.7 million in May 2012.

The trend estimate for pig slaughterings remained steady at 395 thousand in May 2012.

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED, Australia, May 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

Cattle(a)
665 869
582 693
583 748
Calves
66 478
54 693
57 100
Sheep
429 068
469 851
448 824
Lambs
1 857 939
1 670 099
1 651 182
Pigs
439 150
397 489
394 899

(a) Excludes calves



MEAT

Graph Image for Meat Production, Australia


In May 2012 the trend estimate for beef production decreased by 1% to 168 thousand tonnes.

Veal production decreased by 2% in May 2012 to 3 thousand tonnes.

In May 2012, the production of mutton increased by 1% to 10 thousand tonnes.

Lamb production in May 2012 increased by 1% to 37 thousand tonnes.

The trend estimate for production of pig meat in May 2012 remained steady at 29 thousand tonnes.

MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, May 2012

Original
Seasonally Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

Beef
190 395
167 603
168 202
Veal
3 899
3 269
3 373
Mutton
9 652
10 881
10 395
Lamb
42 388
37 060
36 748
Pig meat
33 360
29 596
29 435




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