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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Feb 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/04/2007   
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FEBRUARY KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings rose for the eighth consecutive month, to 724,000. This was the highest figure recorded since records began in 1979.
  • The trend estimate for beef production rose for the ninth consecutive month, to 193,000 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded since records began in 1979.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings declined to 1.2 million.
  • The trend estimate for pig slaughterings increased for the sixth consecutive month, to 453,000. This was the highest figure since November 2005.

FEBRUARY KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
682.5
706.3
724.3
Calves
35.6
80.0
84.1
Sheep
1,223.1
1,075.1
1,190.7
Lambs
1,739.0
1,714.5
1,683.8
Pigs
409.4
448.5
452.7

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
183,610
187,661
192,517
Veal
1,725
2,553
2,607
Mutton
24,294
21,741
23,747
Lamb
35,975
34,809
34,167
Pig meat
28,058
31,227
31,900



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 March 2007 issue of this data is due for release on 8 May 2007.

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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