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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Aug 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/10/2006   
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AUGUST KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings rose for the tenth consecutive month, to 1.0 million. This was the highest figure recorded since July 2005.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings rose for the eighth consecutive month, to 1.7 million. This was the highest figure recorded since records began in 1979.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production rose for the tenth consecutive month, to 21,200 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded since January 2003.
  • The trend estimate for lamb meat production rose for the eighth consecutive month, to 35,800 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded since records began in 1979.

AUGUST KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
688.6
659.4
645.5
Calves
167.5
66.4
65.3
Sheep
934.4
1,039.4
1,013.1
Lambs
1,575.6
1,795.0
1,720.5
Pigs
455.9
439.7
444.6

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
190,869
181,212
177,928
Veal
4,372
2,414
2,358
Mutton
19,749
22,163
21,212
Lamb
32,075
37,166
35,773
Pig meat
33,287
31,833
32,178



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 September 2006 issue of this data is due for release on 2 November 2006.

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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