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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Aug 2005  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 04/10/2005   
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AUGUST KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings rose for the thirteenth consecutive month, to 1.6 million. This was the highest figure recorded since October 2000.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings fell for the seventh consecutive month, to 436,500. This was the lowest figure recorded since August 2001.
  • The trend estimate for lamb meat production rose for the twelfth consecutive month, to 32,700 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded since August 2000.
  • The trend estimate for pig meat production fell for the seventh consecutive month, to 31,800 tonnes. This was the lowest figure recorded since July 2001.

AUGUST KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
635.1
625.9
642.9
Calves
159.6
65.0
67.2
Sheep
822.8
928.1
1,008.2
Lambs
1,364.1
1,536.5
1,571.6
Pigs
454.6
438.3
436.5

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
171,211
167,019
170,384
Veal
4,110
2,331
2,343
Mutton
16,891
19,078
20,496
Lamb
27,773
32,279
32,671
Pig meat
32,980
31,710
31,776



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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