7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia, Feb 2017 Quality Declaration 
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FEBRUARY KEY TREND FIGURES

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED AND MEAT PRODUCED, Australia, February 2017


January 2017
February 2017
Jan 2017 to Feb 2017
Feb 2016 to Feb 2017

Livestock (no.)
Cattle (a)
591 406
590 683
-0.1%
-9.4%
Calves
33 793
32 045
-5.2%
-24.3%
Sheep
545 365
547 959
0.5%
-17.1%
Lambs
1 977 693
1 966 004
-0.6%
0.1%
Pigs
427 132
427 325
0.0%
2.6%
Meat (t)
Beef
174 359
174 459
0.1%
-6.7%
Veal
1 824
1 768
-3.1%
-4.3%
Mutton
13 629
13 735
0.8%
-13.5%
Lamb
44 936
44 647
-0.6%
1.4%
Pig Meat
32 963
33 025
0.2%
5.2%

(a) Excludes calves


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FEBRUARY KEY POINTS

Livestock and meat production monthly trend movements for February 2017:
  • Cattle slaughter decreased by 723 head or 0.1% for February 2017 when compared with January 2017 and there was a year-on-year decrease of 61,000 head or 9.4%.
  • The number of calves slaughtered in February 2017 decreased by 1,700 or 5.2% month-on-month and compared to this period last year decreased by 10,300 head or 24.3%.
  • Sheep slaughter in February 2017 increased by 2,600 head or 0.5% compared with January 2017 and was down 112,800 head or 17.1% year-on-year.
  • Lamb slaughters decreased by 11,700 head or 0.6% for February 2017. Compared with February 2016, slaughters increased marginally, up 0.1%.
  • Pig slaughter continued to hold steady for the month of February (increasing by 193 head) and continued to increase year-on-year with slaughters up to 10,700 or 2.6% on this period last year.