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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Jan 2009 Quality Declaration 
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February 2009 2 April 2009
March 2009 1 May 2009
April 2009 5 June 2009



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).


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SUMMARY COMMENTARY


LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings decreased for the sixth consecutive month, to 652,000, and was up 2% compared to the same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings declined for the eighth consecutive month, to 884,000, and was down 11% compared to the same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings increased for the eighth consecutive month, to 1.8 million, and was 3% higher than the same period in the previous year.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings increased compared to the previous month, to 378,000. This was a decrease of 13% compared to the same period last year.

Livestock Slaughtered, Australia, January 2009

Original
Seasonally
Adjusted
Trend
no.
no.
no.

CATTLE (excl. calves)
550 815
666 821
652 073
CALVES
28 091
68 798
66 209
SHEEP
975 192
844 207
884 214
LAMBS
1 705 362
1 726 381
1 779 259
PIGS
352 546
380 436
378 115




MEAT PRODUCTION
  • The trend estimate for beef production declined for the seventh consecutive month, to 175,000 tonnes, and was up 1% compared to the same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production decreased for the ninth consecutive month to 18,500 tonnes, and was down 15% compared to same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb production increased for the seventh consecutive month, to 36,000 tonnes, and was 1% lower that the same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for pig production remained steady at 27,100 tonnes, and was 15% down compared to the previous year.

Meat Produced, Australia, January 2009

Original
Seasonally
Adjusted
Trend
t
t
t

BEEF
147 759
180 148
174 813
VEAL
1 508
2 376
2 224
MUTTON
20 611
17 639
18 525
LAMB
34 483
34 983
36 034
PIG MEAT
24 861
27 149
27 086




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