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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Apr 2005  
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APRIL KEY POINTS

TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for beef production rose for the fifth consecutive month, to 183,500 tonnes. This was the highest figure recorded since records began in July 1979.
  • The trend estimate for lamb slaughterings rose for the ninth consecutive month, to 1.5 million. This was the highest figure recorded since April 2001.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings rose for the sixth consecutive month, to 1.0 million. This was the highest figure recorded since February 2003.
  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings rose for the fourth consecutive month, to 683,800. This was the highest figure recorded since January 2003.

APRIL KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
706.7
697.9
683.8
Calves
58.7
80.6
72.2
Sheep
1,009.0
1,037.8
1,010.6
Lambs
1,616.6
1,559.3
1,507.6
Pigs
428.0
442.4
448.5

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
189,696
186,665
183,542
Veal
2,160
2,594
2,279
Mutton
20,492
21,705
21,251
Lamb
33,069
31,721
31,105
Pig meat
31,373
32,229
32,696



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).

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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