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7218.0.55.001 - Livestock and Meat, Australia - Electronic Publication, Nov 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/01/2004   
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NOVEMBER KEY POINTS


TREND ESTIMATES

  • The trend estimate for cattle slaughterings rose for the third consecutive month, to 649,200. Numbers slaughtered have started to rise again partly as a response to warm and dry conditions in northern New South Wales and Queensland.
  • The trend estimate for sheep slaughterings rose for the third consecutive month, to 780,300. The increase has been influenced by farmers looking to off-load stock prior to harvesting.
  • The trend estimate for mutton production rose for the fourth consecutive month, to 17,000 tonnes.


NOVEMBER KEY FIGURES


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

Cattle
677.9
678.7
649.2
Calves
56.9
107.4
94.0
Sheep
907.1
850.0
780.3
Lambs
1,464.0
1,395.3
1,351.2
Pigs
430.3
463.7
466.1

Seasonally
Trend
MEAT PRODUCED
Original
adjusted
estimate
tonnes
tonnes
tonnes

Beef
174,586
173,811
164,673
Veal
2,604
3,976
3,368
Mutton
20,225
18,393
16,958
Lamb
30,373
29,444
28,242
Pig meat
31,184
33,976
33,823



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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