7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Jul 2016 Quality Declaration 
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JULY KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, July 2016


June 2016
July 2016
June 2016 to July 2016
July 2015 to July 2016

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
600 005
583 480
-2.8%
-23.1%
Calves
48 676
48 141
-1.1%
-16.7%
Sheep
549 258
519 638
-5.4%
-27.2%
Lambs
1 841 632
1 794 401
-2.6%
-5.1%
Pigs
426 145
427 961
0.4%
4.9%
Meat (t)
Beef
172 619
167 954
-2.7%
-20.8%
Veal
2 211
2 180
-1.4%
-22.4%
Mutton
13 474
12 754
-5.3%
-25.8%
Lamb
41 119
39 919
-2.9%
-4.3%
Pig Meat
32 274
32 404
0.4%
5.1%

(a) Excludes calves


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JULY KEY POINTS

Rains across the eastern seaboard and a continued focus on restocking by producers has reduced the number of livestock available for slaughter during July. Increased competition for beef cattle by processors, feedlots, and producers has led to many processors being unable to fulfil quotas, forcing a number to operate at reduced capacity. A similar situation has impacted sheep and lamb processors with the seasonal lull in sheep and lamb sales combined with regional shortages resulting in a number of large processing facilities shutting for maintenance and renovation. While a fall in the number of sheep and lambs slaughtered has been observed nationally, these impacts are especially pronounced in Queensland.

Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for July 2016:

  • Cattle slaughter decreased by 3 percent in July 2016 compared with June 2016 and was down by 174,786 head or 23 percent year-on-year.
  • The number of calves slaughtered in July 2016 decreased by 1 percent month-on-month and decreased by 17 percent year-on-year.
  • Sheep slaughter in July 2016 decreased by 29,620 head or 5 percent compared with June 2016 and declined 27 percent year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughters decreased by 47,231 head or 3 percent month-on-month for July 2016. Compared with July 2015, slaughter decreased by 5 percent or 96,121 head.
  • Pig slaughtering continued its slight monthly increases in July 2016 and increased by 19,976 head, or 5 percent year-on-year.