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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Jul 2008 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/09/2008   
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JULY KEY POINTS

LIVESTOCK SLAUGHTERED

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings increased for the sixth consecutive month, to 680,000, and was 3% higher than the same time in the previous year.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings decreased for the second consecutive month, to 1.0 million, and increased 13% compared to same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings decreased for the ninth consecutive month, to 1.6 million, and was down 11% compared to the same time last year.

MEAT PRODUCTION
  • The trend estimate for beef production increased for the sixth consecutive month, to 183,000 tonnes, and was up 5% compared to the same period last year.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production decreased for the fourth consecutive month to 21,000 tonnes, and increased 11% compared to same time last year.
  • The trend estimate for lamb production decreased for the ninth consecutive month, to 31,000 tonnes, and was 14% down on the previous year.

JULY KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
692.2
665.3
680.2
Calves
91.3
70.9
71.9
Sheep
659.9
1,008.2
1,036.8
Lambs
1,451.5
1,547.5
1,575.9
Pigs
406.9
387.2
394.2

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
186,426
179,371
183,338
Veal
2,688
2,169
2,216
Mutton
13,638
19,270
21,095
Lamb
28,614
30,809
31,452
Pig meat
29,286
27,419
28,128



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 August 2008 issue of this data is due for release on 1 October 2008.

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